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Book Review: STAT: Standing Tall and Talented #1: Home Court

NBA superstar kicks off kids' book series

By Amiri Tulloch | null null , null
 
 

STAT: Standing Tall and Talented #1: Home Court
Author: Amar'e Stoudemire
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: August 1, 2012
Length: 144 pages
Age range: 8 and up


The new children's book series, STAT: Standing Tall and Talented, has begun to captivate the attention of young readers everywhere, particularly young NBA enthusiasts. The author of the series and the recently released first book, Home Court, is New York Knicks superstar Amar'e Stoudemire.

Home Court gives young readers an inside look at Stoudemire's life when he was 11-years old. The book describes how Amar'e and his best friends Mike and Deuce are forced to stick together and stand tall when the neighborhood basketball court that they have played on since they were little is taken over by a bunch of rough, disrespectful teenagers. The three friends – along with the help of other middle school kids – must play the older kids in a winner-take-all basketball game. Amar'e, Mike, and Deuce are very talented players – but are they talented enough to defeat three high-school players? Stoudemire presents this challenge in superb detail.

Home Court has an exciting plot, and is written in a way that keeps children of younger ages interested and wanting to read more. Stoudemire uses situations to which nearly all children are likely to relate. One example is when the 11-year-old Amar'e had to hurry home for dinner so he would not be late and upset his father after playing basketball with his friends. Another is when his dad makes him clean his shorts after he gets them all stained from playing baseball.

I recommend Home Court to any young reader who is a fan of constant excitement, realistic life situations, or basketball. Stoudemire does a tremendous job of describing the “winner-take-all” basketball game, which was an important moment in his young life. But he also stresses the fact that he took his schoolwork very seriously when he was young.  This is a great message for kids that read Home Court, as they will carry the mentality that basketball is an awesome sport, but schoolwork always comes first.

Be sure to check out Kid Reporter Amiri Tulloch's interview with Amar'e Stoudemire!

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