Sunday, January 21, 2018

Blacktop: Toni by LJ Alonge - OPTIONAL

Alonge, LJ  Blacktop: Toni  127 pages. Grosset & Dunlap (Penguin Teen).  $16.  Language: G (7swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence : PG-13

Toni plays for a community basketball team, she comes from a line of foster homes until she and her brother find each other again and with his employment they are able to move in together. Toni’s temper and her lack of social skills leads to her team’s demise. She has to work it out so they can be a team again and she can learn the value of friendship.

This is the fourth in the series of Black Top Basketball books.  The narrative voice is street slang that for some reason capitalizes Dumpster. It is easily understood, the reading isn’t too tricky. But it lacked logic, how did two kids get an apartment, with a lobby no less? How did they swing cell phones and wi fi? It moves quickly and for sports aficionados it could be a fun read. 

EL, MS – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer: Lisa Moeller; Language Arts Teacher

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