Format: Hardcover, 119 pages
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
What did you like about the book? The large font and short easily readable text are sure to please basketball fans in younger grades. This biography takes the reader through Kevin’s life starting with his traumatic childhood. It shows the reader how these events helped to shape Kevin and his actions as he grew up. This novel shows that hard work and attitude can do more than natural ability. Kevin is portrayed as a person who overcame hardship to make it big in basketball, and how he gave back to his community and family. There is a great deal of information about the sport of basketball which is sure to please sport fans. The simple text and font are beneficial for lower-leveled and non-native English readers in upper grades and may encourage them to pick up this title. The list of sources in the back of the book is a great resource for further research.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The book contains no photos, which could have helped lower-level readers as there are numerous facts and statistics that tend to weigh it down. Kevin is portrayed as a wonderful person with, it would appear, no bad qualities at all, a little hard to believe.
To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in grades 4 and up who enjoy basketball superstars would like this book. Also readers who enjoy reading about people who have overcome adversity would enjoy this title.
Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for school and public libraries that cannot get enough sports biographies for lower-level readers.
Where would you shelve it? Biography
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I feel that this title would reside near the middle of a “to read” pile.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts
Date of review: December 21, 2019