Suitcase by Mildred Pitts Walter

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What do you do when you're eleven years old, over six feet tall, and not only hate basketball? Alexander "Suitcase" Bingham really wants to know. He's sick and tired of being the last kid picked in gym class. He's sick and tired of not being the athletic son his daddy seems to want. Xander has had enough. Whatever it takes to show the gym rats he can beat them at their own game, he's determined to do.


About Mildred Pitts Walter

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Mildred Pitts Walter is widely admired for her positive, realistic portraits of African-American family life. A former kindergarten teacher, she truly enjoys the company of children and relishes hearing what they have on their minds. Mrs. Walter has been honored with many awards during her long writing career, including the 1987 Coretta Scott King Award for justin and the best biscuits in the world and the 1993 Christopher Award for Nonfiction for mississippi challenge (Bradbury). Mildred Pitts Walter lives in Denver. In 1996 she was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. Artist Teresa Flavin currently lives in Glasgow. Between trips to India, she clambers about the Scottish highlands with her geographer husband.
Published August 1, 2006 by Perfection Learning. 112 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Trying hard to please his father, he practices daily, jumping rope and drilling, but the coach, Jeff, recognizes that Xander’s talents lay elsewhere.

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Although Walter maintains a buoyant tone, she also delivers some painful family truths in an authentically offhand way, such as when Xander's mother jokingly tells him that his father ""thinks you're lazy and don't want to ruin your long, slender artist's fingers."" Flavin's black-and-white drawi...

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