1st Ed., 1st Printing so stated, number row 12-1, HB/DJ, F/NF, 247 pp. DJ has few tiny indentations on front, one line of shelf-rubbing on rear of DJ. SIGNED by Author. Grades 7 to 9. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults; for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Talented college basketball player Sonny Youngblood must make some difficult choices when his team attempts to contend for the NCAA Championship. Bookseller Inventory # 12888
Synopsis: Approaching the pinnacle of his high-school sports career, a basketball prodigy finds his tournament glory plunged into a nightmare when he becomes embroiled in a college recruitment scandal.
From School Library Journal:
Grade 9 Up?The seamier side of big-time college athletics and the painful maturation of a young man is portrayed through the experiences of Sonny Youngblood, high school All-American. As he enters Southern Illinois University on full scholarship, his sole focus is on basketball. His cousin Sissy is an art professor at SIU and becomes reacquainted with Sonny when she helps him get an independent credit he needs to stay eligible for the team. Though she is totally cynical toward the University's basketball program, a strong bond begins to form between them. While getting national publicity as one of the nation's top scoring freshman, Sonny is starting to see the bigger picture due to an NCAA investigation into SIU's basketball program and Sissy's perspective on the situation. After he works through a number of unresolved issues in his past, including confronting his uncle about receiving a large payoff for steering him to SIU, his life is forever altered by an accident that costs Sonny a major portion of his right hand. Bennett pulls no punches. His story is fictional, but his sobering indictment of Division One college athletics is right out of the daily sports pages. The language is rough, and the sexual innuendoes are raw but reflective. This is a sobering read that should be thrust into the hands of any high school students who are contemplating playing revenue-producing sports at major universities. Just hope they have the ability and time to read it.?Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
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Title: The Squared Circle
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
Book Description Scholastic, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Like-new condition. Appears unread. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Stated First Printing. SIGNED / AUTOGRAPHED by author: "For Carol - all best wishes - James W. Bennett." NO other writing or marks. NO tears. Tight spine, bright pages. 248 pages. Basketball, to Sonny Youngblood, is like breathing. In fact, Sonny is just the player SIU needed for an NCAA Championship bid. And he's met a lot of people along the way. Only now, it's all blurring together. Disturbing, long-repressed moments of Sonny's life are jolting into his memory. He wonders: Who is Sonny Youngblood, anyway? Just a basketball player, nothing more? When he meets a woman from his past, he thinks he's found a way to escape the questions and memories that are tearing him apart ? only to reclaim the person he once was, he'll have to destroy the player that he is. Annotation Sonny, a university freshman and star basketball player, finds that the pressures of college life, NCAA competition, and an unsettling relationship with his feminist cousin bring up painful memories that he must face before he can decide what is important in his life. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 029046