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  1. 5.9 hrs • 11/3/2015 • Unabridged

    From the #1 bestselling author of Heat, Travel Team, and Million-Dollar Throw comes a feel-good basketball tale reminiscent of The Blind Side. Forced to live on his own after his mom dies and her boyfriend abandons him, twelve-year-old Jayson does whatever it takes to get by. He will do anything to avoid the foster care system. Besides, his real home has always been the beat-up basketball court behind the projects in the North Carolina hills, and his family has always been his friends and teammates. He manages to get away with his deception until the day he gets caught stealing a new pair of basketball sneakers. Game over. Within a day a social worker places him with a family from the other side of town, the Lawtons. New home, new school, new teammates. Jayson, at first, is combative, testing the Lawtons’ patience at every turn. He wants out, yet the Lawtons refuse to take the bait. But not everyone in Jayson’s new life is so ready to trust him—and even Jayson’s old friends give him a hard time now that he’s attending a school full of rich kids. It’s on Jayson to believe that he deserves a better life than the one he once had. The ultimate prize if he can? A trip to play in the state finals at Cameron Indoor Stadium—home to the Duke Blue Devils and launching pad to his dream of playing big-time college ball. Getting there will be a journey that reaches far beyond the basketball court. In the tradition of uplifting stories like The Blind Side, Fast Break has all the family-friendly sports action Mike Lupica has become known and loved for.

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    Fast Break

    5.9 hrs • 11/3/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 6.7 hrs • 8/11/2015 • Unabridged

    It’s basketball season. And for once, triple threat Alex Myers is not the one in the spotlight. There’s a new new guy in town, and Max Bellotti promises to turn the Lions’ losing streak around and lead the team to a conference title. Alex is psyched, but some of the older guys on the team resent being benched in favor of an upstart freshman. Team morale is rocky at best. And when Max comes out as gay, not everyone takes the news in stride. Snide comments and cold shoulders escalate into heated protests and an out-and-out war with the school board. While controversy swirls around them, the Lions have to decide: Will personal issues sink their season, or can they find a way to stand together as a team?

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  3. 2.3 hrs • 6/25/2014 • Unabridged

    “With a bolt of lightning on my kicks … The court is sizzling. My sweat is drizzling. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering,” announces dread-locked, twelve-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood; he’s got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in verse, in this fast and furious middle-grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander. Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize that breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game changer for the entire family.

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    The Crossover

    2.3 hrs • 6/25/14 • Unabridged
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    5.1 hrs • 6/10/2014 • Unabridged

    You can lose yourself in repetition—quiet your thoughts; I learned the value of this at a very young age. Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, his dad works nights, and Finley is left to take care of his disabled grandfather alone. He has always dreamed of getting out someday, but until he can, putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay. Russ has just moved to the neighborhood, and the life of this teen basketball phenom has been turned upside down by tragedy. Cut off from everyone he knows, he won’t pick up a basketball, but answers only to the name Boy21—taken from his former jersey number. As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, a unique friendship may turn out to be the answer they both need.

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    Boy21

    5.1 hrs • 6/10/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.9 hrs • 12/1/2013 • Unabridged

    High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line. Levi was simple, like a child. It was the best thing about him, and it was the worst, too. When high school senior Jonas moves to Seattle, he is glad to meet Levi, a nice, soft-spoken guy and fellow basketball player. Suspense builds like a slow drumbeat as readers start to smell a rat in Ryan Hartwell, a charismatic basketball coach and sexual predator. When Levi reluctantly tells Jonas that Hartwell abused him, Jonas has to decide whether he should risk his future career to report the coach. Pitch-perfect basketball plays, well-developed characters, and fine storytelling make this heartbreaking psychological sports novel a slam dunk.

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    Swagger by Carl Deuker

    Swagger

    7.9 hrs • 12/1/13 • Unabridged
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  6. 8.3 hrs • 11/12/2013 • Unabridged

    Bestselling sports writer John Feinstein exposes the big money and back room deals that go into college recruiting in this high-octane YA novel. Terrell Jamerson is the #1 high school basketball player in the country. His team is poised to win the states. He’s got top colleges lined up to offer him scholarships and press coverage at every game. Everyone says he could play in the NBA tomorrow. He’s living the dream, right? Danny Wilcox would tell you a different story. Danny is Terrell’s best friend and teammate, and a top prospect himself. But he sees that not all of the people buzzing around Terrell have his best interests at heart. The sneaker guys, the money managers, the college boosters—they’re all so eager to help. And to get rich themselves in the process. It’s a dirty game, but Terrell will have to learn to play if he wants his chance at a slam dunk.

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    Foul Trouble

    8.3 hrs • 11/12/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.1 hrs • 8/21/2013 • Unabridged

    Greg “Slam” Harris can play basketball, period. On the court, he’s almost unstoppable. As he says, “I can hoop. Case closed.” But off the court, it’s a different story. Every day is a struggle to keep things together. Leaving his best friend Ice behind, Slam transfers to a top-notch academic school and is easily the best player on the basketball team. But his grades are slipping, and the coach doesn’t appreciate Slam’s attitude. On top of that, Slam suspects that Ice has started selling drugs, just as their opposing teams prepare for a showdown on the court. If Slam wants to hold everything together, he’ll have to apply his passion for basketball to everything else in his life. With an urban, teenage voice, Walter Dean Myers earnestly reflects the hopes and desires shared by many budding hoop dreamers. Narrator Thomas Penny vividly captures both the internal and external challenges Slam faces while chasing his dream from the streets, to the classrooms, to the hardwood floors.

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    Slam!

    5.1 hrs • 8/21/13 • Unabridged
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    4.6 hrs • 2/12/2013 • Unabridged

    Mike Lupica presents the second book in his New York Times bestselling Game Changers series. Still living large off their incredible football championship win just weeks before, Ben McBain and his crew must now prepare for basketball season. Ben is known as the best point guard throughout the league, and now that Shawn O’Brien has joined their team, they are a shoo-in to win it all. But there is a new kid in town, Chase Braggs, a point guard like Ben who seems to be better, stronger, and faster. Refusing to let his team down, Ben hits the courts hard to practice, but Ben’s rivalry with Chase seems to take the fun out of playing ball with his best friends. Will Ben be able to pull it together for his team and for himself?

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    Play Makers

    4.6 hrs • 2/12/13 • Unabridged
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  9. 6.6 hrs • 9/4/2012 • Unabridged

    #1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica makes his return to the basketball court! There’s a reason his teammates call him “True.” For basketball phenom Drew Robinson, there is nothing more true than his talent on the court. It’s the kind of talent that comes along once in a generation and is loaded with perks—and with problems. Before long, True buys in to his own hype—much to the chagrin of his mother, who wants to keep her son’s head grounded—and suddenly trouble has a way of finding him. That is, until a washed-up former playground legend steps back onto the court and takes True under his wing. At a time when street agents promise riches to kids and college programs are taken down due to recruiting violations, True Legend is a resonant and inspiring novel in the Lupica tradition.

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    True Legend

    6.6 hrs • 9/4/12 • Unabridged
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  10. 8.1 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Reverse spin, triple pump, reverse dribble, stutter step with twist to the left, stutter into jumper, blind pass. These are me. The moves make the man. The moves make me. Jerome Foxworthy—the Jayfox to his friends—likes to think he can handle anything. He handled growing up without a father. He handled being the first black kid in school. And he sure can handle a basketball. Then Jerome meets Bix Rivers—mysterious and moody, but a great athlete. So Jerome decides to teach Bix his game. He can tell that Bix has the talent. All he’s got to do is learn the right moves…

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    The Moves Make the Man

    8.1 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  11. 3.4 hrs • 2/8/2011 • Unabridged

    It’s one single steamy July day at the West 4th Street Court in NYC, otherwise known as the Cage. Hotshot baller ESPN is wooing the scouts, Boo is struggling to guard the weird new guy named Waco, a Spike Lee wannabe has video rolling, and virgin Irene is sizing up six-foot-eight-and-a-half-inch-tall Chester. Nine of YA literature’s top writers reveal how it all goes down in this searing novel in short stories that ingeniously pick up where the last one ends. Characters weave in and out of narratives, perspectives change, and emotions play out for a fluid and fast-paced ode to the game. Crackling with humor, grit, and streetball philosophy, and featuring poems by Charles R. Smith Jr., this anthology is a slam dunk. Who’s got next? One day One court Ten voices

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    Pick-Up Game

    3.4 hrs • 2/8/11 • Unabridged
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  12. 3.0 hrs • 5/13/2010 • Unabridged

    In this fourth book in the Comeback Kids series, Pedro Morales learns that being a good teammate doesn’t mean that other's will return the favor. Now Pedro wants to win more than ever—but this time it's for himself!

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    Long Shot

    3.0 hrs • 5/13/10 • Unabridged
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  13. 5.9 hrs • 2/9/2010 • Unabridged

    After five months of sheer absolute craziness I was going back to being plain old background D.J. In photographs of course I’m always in the background… But it turns out other folks have big plans for D. J. Like her coach. College scouts. All the town hoops fans. A certain Red Bend High School junior who’s keen for romance and karaoke. Not to mention Brian Nelson, who she should not be thinking about. Who she is done with, thank you very much. But who keeps showing up anyway. Readers first fell in love with straight-talking D. J. Schwenk in Dairy Queen; they followed her ups and downs both on and off the court in The Off Season. Now D. J. steps out from behind the free-throw line in this final installment of the Dairy Queen trilogy.

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  14. 5.5 hrs • 2/8/2005 • Unabridged

    Steven Thomas is one of two lucky winners of the US Basketball Writers Association’s contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass for the Final Four. It’s a basketball junkie’s dream come true! But the games going on behind the scenes between the coaches, the players, the media, the money-men, and the fans turn out to be even more fiercely competitive than those on the court. Steven and his fellow winner, Susan Carol Anderson, are nosing around the Superdome and overhear what sounds like a threat to throw the championship game. Now they have just forty-eight hours to figure out who is blackmailing one of MSU’s star players and why.

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