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The Resource Shooting stars, LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger

Shooting stars, LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger

Label
Shooting stars
Title
Shooting stars
Statement of responsibility
LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Review
  • James, the highest-paid athlete (including endorsement deals) in the NBA, turns to Bissinger (Friday Night Lights ) to tell the story of his meteoric rise as a high school basketball player, when he and his teammates took a private school in Ohio to state and national championships. Looking back at the media circus that put him on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 17, James accuses the media of overexposing him for their own benefit. It feels like the young superstar is working out some grudges against the athletic officials who challenged his amateur status after he accepted two jerseys from a sporting goods store as a gift, along with his school for failing to take his side in the controversy, but Bissinger smoothes out the rough edges, letting very little anger show. That polish is the as-told-to memoir's biggest problem—despite stylistic flourishes like shifting to present tense to write about James's big games, his passion seems muted. James hits all the right moments, from the childhood promise he made to himself to put Akron on the map to the graduation day photo with his teammates, but it's a story readers hear rather than feel. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed June 22, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 25, p41)
  • James may be the best basketball player in the world right now; he's definitely one of the most popular. And Bissinger's Friday Night Lights became a national sensation, spawning a movie and a successful television series. They should make for a powerful combination as they present the story of James's amazing Akron, OH, high school basketball team, which won multiple state titles and a national championship. Many readers will be interested to know the details surrounding his suspension during his senior year for accepting free "throw-back" jerseys from a local sports dealer and his mother's controversial purchase of a $50,000 Hummer. Unlike Friday Night Lights , few details of the lives of either James himself or his best friends/teammates, the "Fab Five," are given. VERDICT People will want to read this because of James's star power and the controversies he addresses. Both fans of James and of books on high school sports will find the story of the games, the players, and the coaches engaging, but they may be disappointed with matter-of-fact game descriptions that fail to build much excitement.—Todd Spires, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, IL --Todd Spires (Reviewed September 1, 2009) (Library Journal, vol 134, issue 14, p121)
  • NBA superstar James and Vanity Fair contributor and acclaimed sportswriter Bissinger (Three Nights in August, 2005, etc.) profile James's championship high-school basketball team.Although Bissinger's authorial stamp can be somewhat heavy at times, there's still plenty of conversational snap in James's modest but passionate first-person voice. The co-authors adequately humanize all five starting members of Ohio's St.Vincent-St. Mary Shooting Stars. Of course James is the focus here, and he provides ample biographical details about his fatherless upbringing in the Akron housing projects. James proved to be not only a gifted athlete—effortlessly excelling in both football and basketball—but also an honor-roll student. His teammates were an eccentric mixed bag, but all hailed from economically underprivileged backgrounds and ended up on scholarship at the mostly white private high school. As a result, they were often considered traitors by the black community, while never feeling wholly accepted in white society. It was James's remarkable individual play that eventually brought national attention to the team. During his senior season, he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and suddenly his team was pushed into the national spotlight—with all the attendant accolades, pressures and pitfalls. When James accepted $850 in merchandise from a local Cleveland clothing shop—in violation of an obscure and rarely enforced rule—he was temporarily suspended and then dragged into a court hearing. The inspirational heart of the book is James and his teammates' gutsy performance in the face of the tornado-like media frenzy. The co-authors dramatically re-create the minute-by-minute highlights of key games in St.V's national-championship drive, but they also interject some serious social commentary on the vindictiveness, greed and exploitation that can infect the seemingly pristine world of amateur sports.A simple but moving story about the double-edged sword of precocious athletic talent and the redemptive power of teamwork. (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2009)
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
325149
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
James, LeBron
Dewey number
  • 796.323092
  • B
Index
index present
Interest level
UG
LC call number
GV994.J36
LC item number
J36 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
6.8
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Bissinger, Buzz
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • James, LeBron
  • Basketball players
Label
Shooting stars, LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mapmakers -- Saviors -- East Liverpool -- Willie Mcgee -- The decision -- School daze -- Swish -- Romeo oh Romeo -- The invincibles -- The invincibles? -- Cover boy -- In or out? -- Pressure -- Back to the future -- Shooting stars -- Fab five
Control code
744657
Dimensions
cm
Extent
pages
Isbn
9781594202322
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009016067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781594202322
  • (OCoLC)318411665
Label
Shooting stars, LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mapmakers -- Saviors -- East Liverpool -- Willie Mcgee -- The decision -- School daze -- Swish -- Romeo oh Romeo -- The invincibles -- The invincibles? -- Cover boy -- In or out? -- Pressure -- Back to the future -- Shooting stars -- Fab five
Control code
744657
Dimensions
cm
Extent
pages
Isbn
9781594202322
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009016067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781594202322
  • (OCoLC)318411665

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