Hoop Queens

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Candlewick Press, Sep 11, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 35 pages
"Young basketball fans will have a hard time keeping still. . . . A great choice to energize poetry units." — BOOKLIST

Margo Dydek, Ticha Penicheiro, Chamique Holdsclaw . . . these are just three of the twelve women profiled in a dynamic group of poems honoring some of the best female players in professional basketball. With action photographs and kinetic lyrics illustrating each player’s style, HOOP QUEENS will grab the attention of any kid who loves basketball — and score a slam-dunk with teachers of poetry.

An International Reading Association Children’s Choice

A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

A Chicago Public Library Best Book
 

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HOOP QUEENS

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Twelve players of the WNBA find themselves showcased in verse, against aggressively digitized graphics that emphasize speed and power. "Fire Starter" describes Chamique Holdsclaw: "Racing / reversing ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Charles R. Smith Jr. says that while growing up in California, he read anything he could get his hands on. "Reading books filled with stories and poems inspired me to write my own," he says. "The more I read, the more I wrote. And if I wasn’t reading a book, I was playing a sport: I played everything, particularly basketball, and spent many afternoons on the court, perfecting my jump shot." While working on his high school yearbook as a writer, Charles R. Smith Jr. was introduced to photography and immediately decided to make a career out of it. He graduated from photography school and headed to New York to pursue his dream. "I continued with my writing, and, with a heavy influence of rap music, began writing more poetry instead of stories," he says. "Now, I have combined my photographic skills with my love of reading, writing, and sports to create an exciting career for myself!" Among the books the poet-photographer has written and illustrated is RIMSHOTS: BASKETBALL PIX, ROLLS, AND RHYTHMS, which was selected as an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book.

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