Shooting Stars by LeBron James

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Read an interview with Buzz Bissinger at here.The SHOOTING STARS were a bunch of kids from Akron, Ohio-LeBron James and his best friends-who first met on a youth basketball team of the same name when they were ten and eleven years old. United by their love of the game and their yearning for companionship, they quickly forged a bond which would carry them through thick and thin (a lot of thin) and, at last, to the brink of a national championship.

They were a motley group who faced challenges all too typical of inner-city America. LeBron grew up without a father and had moved with his mother more than a dozen times by the age of 10. Willie McGee, the quiet one, had left both his parents behind in Chicago to be raised by his older brother in Akron. Dru Joyce was outspoken, and his dad, who was ever-present, would end up coaching all five of the boys in high school. Sian Cotton, who also played football, was the happy-go-lucky enforcer, while Romeo Travis was unhappy, bitter, even surly, until he finally opened himself up to the bond his team mates offered.

In the summer after seventh grade, the SHOOTING STARS tasted glory when they qualified for a national championship tournament in Memphis. But they lost their focus, and had to go home early. They promised each other they would stay together and do whatever it took to win a national title.

They had no idea how hard it would be to pursue that promise. In the years that followed, they would endure jealousy, hostility, exploitation, resentment from the black community (because they went to a "white" high school), and the consequence of their own over-confidence. Not least, they would all have to wrestle with LeBron's outsize success, which brought too much attention and even a whiff of scandal their way. But together these five boys became men as they sought a national championship.

About LeBron James

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LeBron James plays for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. His superstardom is hard to overstate: At seventeen he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated; at nineteen he became the youngest Rookie of the Year in NBA history; at twenty-four he is the third highest paid athlete in the world (including endorsements) after Tiger Woods and David Beckham. He has hosted Saturday Night Live, graced Oprah's stage, and appeared on the cover of Fortune.Buzz Bissinger wrote what is widely regarded as the best and bestselling book about high school sports ever- Friday Night Lights. That work has sold almost two million copies to date and spawned a film and TV series. His other books include A Prayer for the City and The New York Times bestseller Three Nights in August. He is a contributing writer to Vanity Fair.
Published April 27, 2010 by Penguin Books. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Translated smoothly from German, Wildner presents an intimate two-and-a-half-week slice of Victor’s life in Berlin, beginning on his 13th birthday, when he receives a mysterious riddle that triggers a series of dark events in his neighborhood.

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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.

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Publishers Weekly

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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 hi

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The New York Times

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“Shooting Stars,” a memoir LeBron James has written with Buzz Bissinger, tracks his career at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, a place he still visits regularly.

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The New York Times

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LeBron James describes growing up and playing basketball with his friends.

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USA Today

A tale of the power of teamwork to transform young lives, includes examples from James’s life.

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But these facts are then rendered into James's voice, creating an impossible narration, as when James tells us about how many days Willie missed of first grade: "[I]t was Willie, as the oldest at six or seven, who changed his niece and nephew and youngest brother's diapers.

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