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Under Slammin' Pressure - Slam by Walter Dean Myers.

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Alex Lindquist April 9, 2002 Blue Under Slammin' Pressure Out of all the books I have read this year, one has stood out most and made me really think about it. Just over a week ago, I finished reading Slam!, by Walter Dean Myers. The main character, Greg "Slam" Harris, and his family live in a suburb house in the Bronx. Slam got his name from his standout basketball skills and his innate ability to slam-dunk. Slam goes to Latimer High, after switching from his old school Carver, to play basketball there and hopefully get a better education. Slam runs into a few problems in school and they threaten his basketball playing. Slam's grades aren't exactly great, in fact they were plain out bad, but this wasn't the worst problem Slam faced in the book. Slam faced the most difficult task of his life; growing up and deciding what he wants to do with his life. In the book, Slam!, there is a plethora of well-detailed and interesting characters. ...read more.


Slam has always loved basketball; growing up he and Ice always played together and dreamed of going to the NBA. Ice was a very talented basketball player, some say better than Slam. When Slam transferred to Latimer he had to tryout for their basketball team. The coach of the team, Coach Nipper, didn't think much of Slam; he thought that he was another hotshot brother trying to light up other teams. Slam could sense this easily; the coach wouldn't play him, so finally the coach asked Slam to go one on one with him. Slam beat him so easily he didn't even need to work; he just played his game and ran his mouth. This goes on to plague Slam for the whole season; the coach doesn't want a hotshot out on the court not being a team player. Slam is the one who ends up saving all the games, going into the second half and owning other teams. Slam befriends the old basketball coach, Goldy, who not only gives him basketball tips but also gives him tips on life Finally nearing the end of the season, Carver, the defending league champions, played Latimer. ...read more.


Slam started to notice that Ice had lots of money on him and carried a beeper. Then Ice picked up Slam with a Mercedes; that he claimed he was borrowing. Mtisha and Slam both begin thinking of the possibility of Ice dealing crack and they both now where that leads. Can Mtisha and Slam save their life-long friend? The book, Slam!, is a very realistic and powerful book for teenagers. The hardships and relationships Slam goes through can be easily compared and applied to other kids lives. By reading this book you'll not only read a great story but also see what another teens life is like in the Bronx. You can actually benefit a lot from reading this book also. You will see things through someone else's eyes, and have more of a wider understanding of the ways others live. This book will show you, what paths you can take in life and how to balance your love and your work. Not only will you gain some good advice through this book, but also you'll enjoy the great basketball action. The question is; are you ready to go one on one with Slam? ...read more.

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