Rucker Park Setup

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Penguin, Sep 18, 2008 - Juvenile 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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User Review  - Jiesen Zhang - Goodreads

Paul Volponi's amazing mystery/sports literature involves two best friends JR and Mackey. Their love for basketball brings them to Rucker Park, a famous basketball court holding a tournament. Before ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cobe Scroggins - Goodreads

This is a very good book, on of my favorite basketball books it always leaves you wondering Read full review

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Paul Volponi is a writer, journalist, and teacher living in New York City. From 1992 to 1998, he taught incarcerated adolescents on Rikers Island to read and write, forming the basis of his first young adult novel, "Black and White", winner of the 2006 IRA Young Adult Book Award, an ALA Best Book Young Adult, and Quick Pick Award winner. His other young adult novels include, "Rooftop" (also a BBYA and Quick Pick winner), and "Rucker Park Setup". Mr. Volponi holds an MA in American Literature from the City College of New York and a BA in English from Baruch. You can visit him online at

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