The Squared Circle by James W. Bennett

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Basketball, to Sonny Youngblood, is like breathing. In fact, Sonny is just the player SIU needed for an NCAA Championship bid. And he¹s met a lot of people along the way. Only now, it¹s all blurring together. Disturbing, long-repressed moments of Sonny¹s life are jolting into his memory. He wonders: Who is Sonny Youngblood, anyway? Just a basketball player, nothing more? When he meets a woman from his past, he thinks he¹s found a way to escape the questions and memories that are tearing him apart ­ only to reclaim the person he once was, he¹ll have to destroy the player that he is.

About James W. Bennett

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James Bennett is the author of several acclaimed books for young adults, including "I Can Hear the Mourning Dove" and "Dakota Dream", both ALA Best Books for Young Adults. He lives in Illinois. To learn more about Mr. Bennett, visit him on the Web at:
Published January 1, 1995 by Scholastic. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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A vivid, heartrending story of a top athlete struggling to leave the glory road and find his own path, and a strong follow-up to Bennett's Dakota Dream (1994).

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After Sonny wins a basketball scholarship to college and his athletic talents win him national celebrity, he irrevocably takes his fate in his own hands in this "acutely perceptive account of a young man's emotional and intellectual awakening," wrote PW.

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It helps to really like basketball in order to enjoy this novel to its fullest. Interwoven around gritty, occasionally brutish, guys-only scenes of fraternity hazing, basketball team practice and tens

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