Rucker Park Setup

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Penguin, Sep 18, 2008 - Young Adult Fiction - 160 pages
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Best friends Mackey and J.R. have waited their whole lives to win the basketball tournament at Rucker Park, where their favorite pro ballers squared off against street legends. But the day of their big game, J.R. is fatally stabbed—and it’s Mackey’s fault, even though he didn’t wield the knife. Now Mackey has a score to settle, but the killer is watching his every move.

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A tale of friendship, betrayal, and redemption played out on a Harlem city basketball court. Mackey and J.R. have been neighbors and best friends since childhood. As teens, basketball is their life ... Read full review

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User Review  - ewyatt - LibraryThing

Streetball is a way of life in the neighborhood surrounding Rucker Park, and to win the annual tournament is to cement your status as neighborhood legend. Mackey has dreamed about competing with his ... Read full review

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Paul Volponi is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novel Black & White. From 1992 to 1998, he taught adolescents on Rikers Island in New York City to read and write. Mr. Volponi worked at a day treatment center like Daytop teaching students and helping them prepare for the GED. Mr. Volponi lives in New York City.

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