String Music by Rick Telander

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Robby Denwood is an 11-year-old on a losing streak. Obsessed with basketball, he worships J.J., the NBA superstar of the mighty Thunder. Unfortunately, Robby is himself a terrible player, benched for all of his school team’s games. After one hard day on the practice field, Robby decides to run away from home, toward the Thunder’s arena. When a chance meeting brings him together with his hero, he finds that nothing is quite what he thought it would be. Robby’s friendship with the superstar leads him to the bright lights of the pro-basketball world, but it also leads the fame-weary J.J. into Robby’s world of simplicity and contemplation. Robby will never become the hoops star of his dreams, and J.J. will never be an anonymous kid again, but both come to realize that string music does not only come from the sound of a ball swishing through a net.
 

About Rick Telander

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Rick Telander is a sports columnist for the "Chicago-Sun TimRick Telander is a sports columnist for the "Chicago-Sun Times" and the author of six books. He is one of the most highles" and the author of six books. He is one of the most highly respected and well-known sportswriters in America and reguy respected and well-known sportswriters in America and regularly makes appearances on national television. A graduate olarly makes appearances on national television. A graduate of Northwestern University, Telander played cornerback for NUf Northwestern University, Telander played cornerback for NU and was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. and was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs.
 
Published April 3, 2002 by Cricket Books/Marcato. 144 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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That’s how Telander’s protagonist, 11-year-old Robbie Denwood, feels about Jasper Jasmine, the Jordanesque phenom of Robbie’s favorite basketball team, the fictional Thunder.

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Here Telander's plot begins to stretch credibility: having spent his last cent buying a bogus ticket from a scalper, Robby sneaks into a basketball game to watch Jasmine play, crashes a post-game press conference where he catches Jasmine's attention and later becomes tight pals with his hero.

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