Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls and Rhythms

by Charles R Smith (Author)

Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls and Rhythms
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
The power, strength, and determination of the game of basketball are captured in striking photographs and sizzling stories, poems, and personal reflections. From frustration to humor, joy, and triumph, this streetwise look at a favorite American pastime conveys all the passion and excitement of the sport.
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Smith closes with another tribute, to the African-American athletes, musicians, and artists who have meant the most to him. (Poetry. 8-11)

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"Like the game, the poems are quick, energetic, and highly rhythmic, and the prose pieces, personal and passionate". — SLJ
Charles R Smith
Charles R. Smith Jr. is the author of sports poetry titles such as Hoop Kings, Hoop Kings 2: New Royalty, Hoop Queens, and Soccer Queens, as well as Pick-Up Game, Chameleon, and the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali. He is also the recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for his photographs in My People, an adaptation of the Langston Hughes poem. Charles R. Smith Jr. lives in New York.

Leo Espinosa is an award-winning illustrator and designer from Bogotá, Colombia. He is the illustrator of many books for kids, and his work has been featured by the New Yorker, the New York Times, the BBC, and more. He also illustrated Islandborn by Junot Díaz, a Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor Book. Leo Espinosa lives with his family in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Puffin Books
Publication date
April 20, 2000
Picture Puffin Books
BISAC categories
JNF034000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Literary Criticism & Collections
JNF054020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Basketball
Library of Congress categories
Parents Choice Award (Fall) (1998-2007)
Winner 2000 - 2000

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