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The Quest for Basketball's Perfect Shot
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Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and sentence highlighting to engage reluctant readers! From three-pointers to slam dunks, Swish: The Quest for Basketball's Perfect Shot...
Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and sentence highlighting to engage reluctant readers! From three-pointers to slam dunks, Swish: The Quest for Basketball's Perfect Shot...
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  • Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and sentence highlighting to engage reluctant readers! From three-pointers to slam dunks, Swish: The Quest for Basketball's Perfect Shot goes beyond the record books and explores all aspects of making a basket. This book features amazing shots, player profiles, and tons of trivia. Authors Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy cover basketball from the late 1800s to modern times, showcasing top male and female players both at the college level and in the pros.

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  • Mark Stewart has authored more than 250 nonfiction books for the school and library market. He also has interviewed a diverse group of famous Americans in his role as a magazine writer and editor—including Arthur Ashe, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Peter Max, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Big Bird (aka Carroll Spinney), Darryl "Run–DMC" McDaniels, Mike Wallace, and Brian Williams. Mark comes from a publishing family. His grandfather was Sunday Editor of The New York Times, his father ran The New York Times Book Division, and his mother was Articles Editor for Ladies Home Journal and McCall's. Mark's web site, JockBio.com, features comprehensive biographies of hundreds of athletes, and attracts more than one million readers a year. Mark graduated from Duke University with a degree in History. He serves as Board Secretary for two National Historic Sites, including the Twin Lights near his home overlooking Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

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  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2009
    Gr 4-8-Stewart and Kennedy offer an engaging history of the sport, followed by profiles of some of the most impressive shots of all time and the players who made them. Whether they are discussing amazing feats at the college or professional level, the tone is conversational and informative. As students are reading the chapter on different types of shots, they might be surprised to learn that the slam dunk was originally considered poor sportsmanship. Plenty of action photographs complement the text. The authors point out that basketball is the one sport that women have played as long as men, and the book achieves a good balance of coverage of men's and women's accomplishments in the game. This title is not as broad in scope as John Hareas's "Basketball" (DK, 2003) or Keltie Thomas's "How Basketball Works" (Maple Tree, 2005), but it is a solid addition. Casual fans and die-hard followers of the game will find a wide range of information in an accessible and compact package."Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA"

    Copyright 2009 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    January 1, 2009
    Grades 5-8 With an emphasis onbasketball shootingand a belief that young fans want to know more about the sport in general, this colorful book provides a little of everything. Following a chapter on basketball history, the discussion moves to Buzzer Beaters, memorable game-winning shots. Here, each double-page spread gives a few paragraphs of narrative about a game as well as photos of the action and short, illustrated profiles of notable players. A presentation ontypes of shots is peppered with the names of men and women who perfected them. The last chapters round up the most remarkable shots, discuss scoring feats, and give related stats. The wide pages offer plenty of room for well-spaced text, sidebars, and illustrations. Each page has at least one picture, with mostly color photos, and the many action shots make the book more exciting. With information on womens and mens basketball at both collegiate and professional levels, this is a nice addition to sports collections.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2009, American Library Association.)

  • The Horn Book Magazine

    "This book explores basketball's shooting stars and the development of hoop shots from the two-handed set shot to the dunk. The text also explains how the twenty-four-second rule transformed a largely defensive sport into a fast-paced, high-scoring offensive game. Especially interesting are chapters highlighting the 'weirdest' and longest shots. Excellent color photos of basketball action are well integrated with the text. Reading list, websites. Ind." —The Horn Book Magazine

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