Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña audiobook

Ball Don’t Lie

By  Matt de la Peña
Read by Dion Graham

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Newbery Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Matt de la Pena's Ball Don't Lie "is a must-read." [The Bulletin]    Sticky is a beat-around-the-head foster kid with nowhere to call home but the street, and an outer shell so tough that no one will take him in. He started out life so far behind the pack that the finish line seems nearly unreachable. He’s a white boy living and playing in a world where he doesn’t seem to belong.     But Sticky can ball. And basketball might just be his ticket out . . . if he can only realize that he doesn’t have to be the person everyone else expects him to be.     Matt de la Peña's breakout urban masterpiece, Ball Don’t Lie takes place where the street and the court meet and where a boy can be anything if he puts his mind to it. "[An] inspiring story. Sticky is a true original, and de la Peña has skillfully brought him to life."-School Library Journal, Starred "Riveting...Teens will be strongly affected by the unforgettable...basketball action; and the questions about race, love, self-worth, and what it means to build a life without advantages."-Booklist "Stunningly realistic."-VOYA "Gritty and mesmerizing."-Kirkus Reviews "I have never before seen blacktop ball depicted so well. In this novel, you will find its flash, its power, and its elegance without chains. This is powerful stuff."-Antawn Jamison, forward for the Los Angeles Clippers "Truly authentic in its examination of both the game I love and the invariable missteps toward manhood. You cannot fail to be moved by the eloquence and truth of this story."-Rick Fox, former forward for the Los Angeles Lakers An ALA Best Book for Young Adults An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

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Summary

Summary

An ALA Best Books for Young Adults Selection

An ALA Top Book for Reluctant Readers

Newbery Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Matt de la Pena's Ball Don't Lie "is a must-read." [The Bulletin]

   Sticky is a beat-around-the-head foster kid with nowhere to call home but the street, and an outer shell so tough that no one will take him in. He started out life so far behind the pack that the finish line seems nearly unreachable. He’s a white boy living and playing in a world where he doesn’t seem to belong.
    But Sticky can ball. And basketball might just be his ticket out . . . if he can only realize that he doesn’t have to be the person everyone else expects him to be.
    Matt de la Peña's breakout urban masterpiece, Ball Don’t Lie takes place where the street and the court meet and where a boy can be anything if he puts his mind to it.

"[An] inspiring story. Sticky is a true original, and de la Peña has skillfully brought him to life."-School Library Journal, Starred

"Riveting...Teens will be strongly affected by the unforgettable...basketball action; and the questions about race, love, self-worth, and what it means to build a life without advantages."-Booklist

"Stunningly realistic."-VOYA

"Gritty and mesmerizing."-Kirkus Reviews

"I have never before seen blacktop ball depicted so well. In this novel, you will find its flash, its power, and its elegance without chains. This is powerful stuff."-Antawn Jamison, forward for the Los Angeles Clippers

"Truly authentic in its examination of both the game I love and the invariable missteps toward manhood. You cannot fail to be moved by the eloquence and truth of this story."-Rick Fox, former forward for the Los Angeles Lakers

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

I have never before seen blacktop ball depicted so well. In this novel, you will find its flash, its power, and its elegance without chains. This is powerful stuff. Antawn Jamison, forward for the Los Angeles Clippers
De la Peña does an excellent job of combining the streets with the sport. Gritty and mesmerizing. Kirkus Reviews
From the very first sentence, this book grabbed me and didn't let go. The deeper I got into it, the more I felt like Sticky's story was my story. His heart, his handle, the guys in the gym, his potential pitfalls, his dreams. All of it. In a weird sense, this is my life. Grayson Boucher ("The Professor") of tha AND 1 Mix Tape Tour
Truly authentic in its examination of both the game I love and the invariable missteps toward manhood. You cannot fail to be moved by the eloquence and truth of this story. Rick Fox, former forward for the Los Angeles Lakers
An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
"The characters live and breath...This is a must-read. The Bulletin
Stunningly realistic, this book will hook older readers, especially urban teen males. VOYA
“Narrator Dion Graham gets a vocal workout…[as] he switches from the driving momentum and intensity of a fast and furious basketball game to two teenage girls chatting in a mall food court. Another character has a pronounced stutter. And Graham’s narration is particularly effective with the repetitions in the text as Sticky’s obsessive tendencies compel him to repeat simple actions again and again until they feel right. There’s plenty of difficult subject matter here, and Ball Don’t Lie may not be an easy listen, but Graham gives his all to the audio production.” AudioFile
★"[An] inspiring story. Sticky is a true original, and de la Peña has skillfully brought him to life. School Library Journal, Starred
Riveting...Teens will be strongly affected by the unforgettable, distinctly male voice; the thrilling, unusually detailed basketball action; and the questions about race, love, self-worth, and what it means to build a life without advantages. Booklist
“The rhythm of dribble, jump shot and dunk punctuates the narrative, resulting in a staccato effect that mimics a fast-paced hoops game…Basketball has an urban fan base, and de la Peña does an excellent job of combining the streets with the sport. Gritty and mesmerizing.” Kirkus Reviews
“The prose moves with the rhythm of a bouncing basketball and those who don’t mind mixing their sports stories with some true grit may find themselves hypnotized by Sticky’s grim saga.” Publishers Weekly
“This first novel has a unique narrative voice that mixes street lingo, basketball jargon, and trash talk to tell Sticky’s sorry saga from a variety of viewpoints…Sticky is a true original, and de la Peña has skillfully brought him to life.” School Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Matt de la Peña

Author Bio: Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is the author of several acclaimed young-adult novels and one picture book, A Nation’s Hope. His debut novel, Ball Don’t Lie, was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick and was made into a major motion picture. His second novel, Mexican WhiteBoy, was an ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, a 2009 Notable Book for a Global Society, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and a selction for the 2008 Blue Ribbon List of the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Literature. He received his MFA degree in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific. He teaches creative writing.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.97
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English