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High school senior Drew Lawson has dreams. It’s difficult to have dreams in a place like Harlem. Every day Drew witnesses poverty, crime, drug and alcohol abuse, gangs and despair right outside his own home. Inside, he has loving and concerned parents, and a smart, supportive younger sister to provide a safe haven in which to develop his dreams. But it’s hard to concentrate when his best friend’s brother is arrested and awaiting trial. On the other hand, Drew can’t hardly ignore his dream, as it runs in his blood, fills his heart and soul, and consumes his every waking moment. His dream is all about one sport --- basketball!

Drew plays the position of guard at James Baldwin Academy. The team almost made it to the regional finals in Drew’s junior year. And the first half of his senior year is going even better. He had been told that the second half of the season is when the scouts and the college coaches actively start searching for talent. That is a major part of the plan in making Drew’s dreams come true. He is aiming for a college basketball scholarship, and then look out NBA!

When the team meets for practice to start the second half of the season, they are in for a surprise. Two new players have joined. They are both white, neither appeared to have to try out for the team, and one of them --- Tomas from the Czech Republic in Europe --- is pretty good. The coach seems to think so as well, and starts paying a lot of attention to Tomas. This annoys Drew.

But Drew can’t afford to stew about it too much, with practice every day, school work (including the challenging Othello) and basketball games. Drew also can’t help contemplating life in his neighborhood, how there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of difference between him and the guy selling drugs on the corner (maybe just a few damaging choices and the lack of a dream).

Walter Dean Myers has created a fast-paced, high-excitement basketball thrill ride. His apparent knowledge and obvious love of the sport, insightful look into inner city life and superb writing talents all join together to make a memorable reading experience that is also a lot of fun. And GAME isn’t just about the actual game of basketball. The book includes perceptive, thought-provoking ideas about the choices a person makes in his or her life, and the consequences resulting from those decisions.

Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on January 29, 2008

by Walter Dean Myers

  • Publication Date: January 27, 2009
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0060582960
  • ISBN-13: 9780060582968