Slam! by Walter Dean Myers MAG

April 29, 2008
By Anika Joseph, White Plains, NY

Walter Dean Myers brings you into the world of Harlem and the struggles of life with his Coretta Scott King Award-winning book, Slam!

Gregory “Slam” Harris is a talented basketball player with big dreams, but he has lots of obstacles to overcome. He also has many choices to make in his life. With the help of his girlfriend, Matisha, his teachers, and his family, Slam just might make it.

Slam lives for basketball and wants to play college ball, but his grades are slipping and his parents do not have enough money to send him to a good school. Although Slam thinks everyone is trying to bring him down, he is determined to show that he is capable of great achievements. Slam wants to prove to all that he can make something of himself and make them all proud. He wants people to know his name and what he is known for, which is basketball. Like Slam says, “Basketball is my life.”

Slam reminds me of myself when he finds out that if he doesn’t bring his grades up, he will have to stop playing basketball. I can relate to this because when my grades were slipping in school, my mother told me that if I didn’t improve soon, I wouldn’t be able to play either.

Myers shows the will power of a young man who will not give up on what he loves most. Slam learns that in order to get what he wants in life, he must let go of some things from his past, like some of his friends including his best friend, Ice, who deals drugs. Slam realizes that he wants to make it out of Harlem one day.

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ferrari f40 said...
on Nov. 16 2010 at 11:12 am
as much as i love basketball, i really like this is a true 1st person point of view of what basketball is like and how you play it.

Jimmy101 said...
on Nov. 16 2010 at 11:02 am
This book shows that even though you might be good at something you need to keep you grades up. Also, it teaches kids that you need to stay in school

Bre_Baby_97 said...
on Nov. 5 2010 at 5:22 pm
yo i got to read this book it seem so good man let me check out this myers u have a gift man don't mess it up keep living it!!!!

brar.harv said...
on Oct. 25 2010 at 8:34 pm
Can someone help me with the theme with the book named Slam by walter Dean Myers

Jackie_915 said...
on Oct. 2 2010 at 3:55 pm
I am reading this book for school but I need help what is Slams coach name?

sabortooth1 said...
on Jul. 8 2010 at 10:28 am
sabortooth1, Logan, Utah
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Please read the book review of The Kite Runner.  Just search "The Kite Runner" and it is about the third green highlighted one.  Very Inspiring! Rate/Comment it

on May. 4 2010 at 12:14 pm

I read this book b4 n it is mad good im a well known kid that plays ball n chills wit all tha cool kids n none of us eva read n wen they see me reading they no tha book must be good because i neva read n i have to say this book is amazing........

Mr. FlinStone

on Jan. 13 2010 at 3:49 pm
swim4ever SILVER, Carol Stream, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"you can throw in the towel or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face"
"no one ever drown in their own sweat"

i love this book it is a really good book sad at times but really good

Abbey SILVER said...
on Jan. 11 2010 at 2:35 pm
Abbey SILVER, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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No, sorry I cant'. I haven't read the book yet because I am pretty busy.

jybm said...
on Jan. 10 2010 at 11:33 am
can you help with questions about the book

Abbey SILVER said...
on Nov. 8 2009 at 4:08 pm
Abbey SILVER, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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This looks like a really good book. Thanks for reviewing it, I think I might read it in the future.

on Nov. 3 2009 at 4:36 pm
I think that this book sounds very interesting. I will try to read this boo in the future.

bandgeek said...
on Oct. 28 2009 at 5:08 pm
does this book have a movie out right now b/c our class is reading it and i wanted to see what the movie would be like

on Oct. 26 2009 at 9:32 am
this book is outstanding, i love it to the fullest. MY ALL TIME FAVORITE.

djpimpnasty said...
on Oct. 25 2009 at 8:18 pm
don't read this book it's shallow and boring

stevosucks said...
on May. 18 2009 at 11:42 am
this books the shin diggity

OMG said...
on Mar. 31 2009 at 2:18 am

jjenkins said...
on Mar. 27 2009 at 5:48 pm
this is a great book

p3n!5 said...
on Mar. 17 2009 at 1:37 pm
this is an exciting book!

dsgdsgfdf said...
on Feb. 20 2009 at 5:20 pm
good book

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