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STAT: Standing Tall And Talented-- A slam-dunk new fiction series from NBA superstar Amar'e Stoudemire!Eleven-year-old Amar'e Stoudemire has a lot going on. He loves to go skateboarding in the park. He takes his school work very seriously. He helps out with his dad's landscaping company. And he likes to play basketball with his best friends-but just for fun. When a group oSTAT: Standing Tall And Talented-- A slam-dunk new fiction series from NBA superstar Amar'e Stoudemire!Eleven-year-old Amar'e Stoudemire has a lot going on. He loves to go skateboarding in the park. He takes his school work very seriously. He helps out with his dad's landscaping company. And he likes to play basketball with his best friends-but just for fun. When a group of older kids start disrespecting his boys on their neighborhood basketball court, there is only one solution. Amar'e must step in and use his athletic ability and intelligence to save the day. This experience leads Amar'e to realize that basketball is his true passion.Based on the life of All-Star NBA sensation Amar'e Stoudemire, who overcame many obstacles to become one of the most popular figures in sports today. Amar'e is just as versatile in his off the court life as he is on. He is devoted to several charities. He promotes literacy and education. He is a media darling. And he has an amazing story to tell in this heartfelt, accessible middle-grade series....

Title : Home Court
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ISBN : 9780545387590
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 144 Pages
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Home Court Reviews

  • Raina
    2019-06-25 20:40

    First of all, the cover is a mis-sell. The buildings in the background of the cover illustration make it look like the story is set somewhere urban. This story is actually set in Lake Wales, FL - a city with a population of around 12,000 served by 12 schools (half of which are charter schools, btw) - if the internet is to be believed. Second, it's marketed as the brain child of Amar'e Stoudemire (NBA All-Star), but is likely ghost-written by Michael Northrop, who I generally like. The writing isn't always brilliant, and the moralizing is very smack-you-on-the-head.But I like the moralizing so much. This kid has fantastic intentions, strong relationships with both his dad and his older brother ([My brother and I] "were living with Dad right now. We split time between Florida with Dad and New York with my mom. I liked it here... but I was also looking forward to visiting Mom and my half brother up there in a few weeks." - mom's doesn't come on screen in this story, but might in future books in the series?), and wide-ranging interests (skateboarding, basketball, history...). He works for his dad's landscaping business on the weekends and has a diverse group of friends. There's a lot of basketball lingo (large chunks of the book describe basketball games play by play), and the whole thing wraps up with the character drawing a connection between what he's gone through in this book and the significance of Martin Luther King Jr. in his life.Gah. Yes. More books like this for this age group, please.My library's hosting the Book-It Repertory Theatre production of this book over Spring Break 2015.

  • Debbie Tanner
    2019-06-23 19:55

    I am previewing some of the books for our book fair. I thought this was a nice little book that's based on the life of a real NBA star, Amar'e Stoudemire. Amar'e's story takes place in Lake Wales, FL, which is in the center of the state, not far from Orlando. He has a kind, supportive family and great friends. He likes to do a lot of things, including skateboarding, playing baseball, playing basketball AND doing well in school. In this book, he has a problem with some bullies AND a paper that is due to his history teacher. It turns out facing up to the bullies gives him the lesson he needs to finish the paper. It was a little predictable but I think it was nice to read something positive about NBA players and how other people might have helped them along the way. I think the kids will like this one.

  • Trent
    2019-07-12 19:47

    Home court by Amar'e Stoudemire is about an eleven year old boy Amar loves sports and hanging out with his friends. After school one day him and his friends head over to the park were they play basketball most days only to find people were playing on the courts. Day after day they keep finding these boys playing at the court making messes and leaving without cleaning them up. One day Amar and his friends challenge them to a basketball game only to find out that the boys play dirty. Getting beat at there own game they train day by day and challenge them to another basketball game. Amar gets everyone from his school to go to the basketball game for support. The tough and thrilling game came to an end as Amar made the last basket for the win. They beat them and there court back, going through this challenge opened Amars eyes and showed him that basketball is his true passion.

  • Chris
    2019-06-24 21:49

    A kids book from New York Knicks superstar Amar'e Stoudemire that teaches kids right from wrong, family values & hard work pays off. Will be a winner with parents with kids that want to be sports stars as shows you have to work hard in school also. Good fun with more to come as a series of books to follow.

  • Mary
    2019-07-17 18:44

    I love that a big time baller, Amar'e Stoudemire, took the time to write a book with a positive outlook toward hard work, education and problem solving. Plus, it was a fun read.

  • Mason
    2019-06-24 22:55

    This book is awesome!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Amar'e Stoudemire for telling about your childhood! I loved this book. I recommend this to 3 graders and up who love basketball and/or skateboarding.

  • Carter Sievers
    2019-07-17 01:36

    This book is ver good. I recommend this book to people who like basketball. Also if you need some reasons to stand up for yourself.

  • Justin Laluzerne
    2019-07-15 02:35

    STAT is about an eleven year old boy that lives in a rough part of town with his father and brother. Amar'e is a very studious child on the "A" honor roll at school, with many interests and hobbies, mainly sports related. His father's nickname for him is STAT, standing tall and talented. Amar'e helps his father on the weekend in his lawn care business and works hard at everything he does. Life for him is going good, until a group of boys start moving in on the basketball court Amar'e and his friends play at. Amar'e and his friends would have been happy to share the court with them, but these boys were older and they did not want to share. Amar'e and his friends Deuce, Roger and Mike play basketball on a regular basis, but one day they show up at the court and try to play with the new boys. The boys don't want to have anything to do with them and they certainly don't want to play basketball with younger boys. When the new boys shut them out of playing, he does something else. Deuce, Roger and Mike continue to try and play with the older boys. When Amar'e is gone the older boys relent and play three on three with them. The older boys act like bullies, calling them names, playing dirty, mean ball fouling them by pushing and shoving. Amar'e finds out about the game and how it went down, the next day, and is really irritated that the boys decided to play after he left. Amar'e is the tallest of the four boys and he figured that the older boys thought they had a better shot of winning without Amar'e. He wants their home court back and he also wants to put the bullies in their place. I think this book is bad because if it were real, then Amar'e would have been shot for standing up to the older boys in the hood. I would suggest this book to the kids that are growing up in bad neighborhoods. Get a group of friends and do something good.

  • Karen Burt
    2019-07-11 18:42

    Amar'e Stoudemire is a New York Nicks NBA All Star and this book is based on his life story. The book is about an eleven year old boy that lives in a rough part of town with his father and brother. Amar'e is a very studious child on the "A" honor roll at school, with many interests and hobbies, mainly sports related. His father's nickname for him is STAT (standing tall and talented). Amar'e helps his father on the weekend in his lawn-care business and works hard at everything he does. All is going along well until a group of boys start moving in on the basketball court Amar'e and his friends play at. Amar'e and his friends would have been happy to share the court with them, but these boys were older and they did not want to share. Amar'e and his friends Deuce, Roger and Mike play basketball on a regular basis, but one day they show up at the court and try to play with the new boys. The boys don't want to have anything to do with them and they certainly don't want to play basketball with younger boys. When the new boys shut them out of playing Amar'e goes on his merry way and does something else. Deuce, Roger and Mike continue to try and play with the older boys. When Amar'e is gone the older boys relent and play three on three with them. The older boys act like bullies, calling them names, playing dirty, mean ball fouling Deuce, Roger and Mike and pushing and shoving. Amar'e finds out about the game and how it went down, the next day, and is really irritated that the boys decided to play after he left. Amar'e is the tallest of the four boys and he figured that the older boys thought they had a better shot of winning without Amar'e. Amar'e wants their home court back and he also wants to put the bullies in their place. Can he do it? Read this fast action book and find out.

  • Teresa Scherping Moulton
    2019-07-16 01:27

    Amar'e likes basketball well enough, but there are so many other things he enjoys - like skateboarding, baseball, and helping his dad with his lawn care company - that he doesn't always join his friends on the court to play hoops. When sign-ups for a basketball tournament go up, Amar'e is pretty sure he doesn't have time for it with all his other hobbies plus trying to stay on the honor roll. But when their neighborhood court is threatened by mean older kids, Amar'e can't leave his friends hanging. Amar'e suggests a wager: one game of 3-on-3 to decide who gets to use the basketball court, loser walks away forever. It's a tough gamble, but Amar'e knows that if he can live up to the nickname his dad gave him (STAT: Standing Tall and Talented), he can accomplish almost anything.I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. The writing is kid-friendly and yet kind of clever. I also liked that the plot revolves around a conflict that is believable and yet dramatic and important from a kid's perspective. I'm not sure to what extent Amar'e the character is based on the author when he was younger, but he definitely appears to be a well-rounded, admirable, and realistic kid.I would recommend this book to kids in grades 3-6 and possibly older kids who are reluctant readers. Any fans of basketball will enjoy this, as well as fans of realistic fiction and humor. Readlikes for this book might include one of the basketball books by Jake Maddox or Dog Days by Karen English, for younger readers, or Sasquatch in the Paint by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or The Crossover: A Basketball Novel by Kwame Alexander, for slightly older readers.

  • Dalton Everard
    2019-07-14 22:40

    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 great 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 problems to which almost all children are likely to relate to. 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 great 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 idea that basketball is an awesome sport, but schoolwork always comes first.

  • Valerie Jones
    2019-07-04 22:29

    Exciting basketball and a positive messageEleven year old Amar’e is a good kid. He studies hard in school, helps his dad with his landscaping company, and loves to play sports. Skateboarding, baseball, and basketball, as long as he is with his friends and family he is having fun. But one day a group of older bullies shows up and kicks him and his friends off their home basketball court. With his athletic ability and the help of his friends, Amar’e realizes that the only way to win their court is to play a winner take all game. Filled with the excitement of a great basketball game, Stoudemire’s first novel is perfectly geared towards males, touching on issues of morality, friends, hard work, sports, and family. Amar’e likeable character, wit, and athletic prowess will inspire youth and reinforce the positive message.Based on the life of popular NBA Star Amar’e Stoudemire, whose overcame his own obstacles to thrive, Home Court, is the first in the STAT: Standing Tall and Talented series.Recommended for readers age 8-12.Home Court (STAT: Standing Tall and Talented)- Amar’e Stoudemire http://wp.me/p2E73h-ch

  • Sydney B
    2019-07-05 23:29

    The book i read was STAT which means standing tall and talented. The main character is Amare and he likes to ride a skateboard and is really good at basketball. A problem in the story is Amare and his friends like to play basketball and have games against each other and one day there were these older and taller boys that were hogging up the basketball court and they didn't live around there. The setting is at school and at their towns basketball court. An event that was exciting was when the older kids challenge Amare and his friends to a basketball game and the winner of the game got the basketball ball court and the loser had to leave and never come back. Another event was when Amare and his friends were down and Amares brother came to the rescue and Amare team came back and won the game and the older kids coulnt come back. This book is like the real world because Amare and his friends were bullied by the older kids and people nowadays do the same thing to kids and it hurts them sometimes physically and mentally but they have to stand tall and not let them get to you and bring you down.

  • Jazaihb
    2019-07-13 01:47

    I enjoy reading the book stat because you learn about Amare Stoudemires life and how he group up playing basketball.A major part in the book was that he played alot of ball with his dad.Amare is in the NBA making it happen right now he loves the game and is honored to play he is originally born in lakes wales florida he plays for the new York knicks.I suggest you read this book beacuse if you love basketball you will want to read this novel. knock and ask him to come outside.Another activity he likes is to skate board at the park thats another reason that states hes athletic.He got bullied in school because of how he dresses they use to hit him in his knees so he could not play on the basketball team he was a triple treat to the other teams and his team he was put in every game at center there was one game were he scored 25 points.His freind`s used to call him the grim reaper cause he was so skinny at his ankles.I think hes a great player overall he is an Allstar to the league.I know this because I watched the game in 2014 Allstar game last year he had 12 points which is really good for a center.

  • Margery Bayne
    2019-06-19 21:34

    I'm reviewing middle grade books in my library system in order to come up with recommendation list for 3rd and 4th graders for the upcoming Summer Reading Program which has an sports/activity/health theme. This is a decent, charming read with a nice first person voice to the narrative. This has a celebrity author, NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire, and sometimes I find celebrity books rather lacking, but this wasn't one. It is not an award-winning book or hidden gem, but I do think the audience I am reading for would really enjoy it. It's a fun sports story with some life lessons, and it fills it's role very well. For me, the resolution was a little shakey. It is based on winning a basketball game which works for the genre of sports stories, but other then a few little things, it's not really clear why Amar'e were good enough to win this time and not in the previous matches, but I give it a pass because it does have some build up and connections, if not every single play making sense, and their is consistency with the moral story, which is perhaps more important.

  • Treasure
    2019-06-28 19:35

    Based on NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire's life and written by him as well, this series follows his childhood as he works to become a basketball star and learns important life lessons. S.T.A.T. stands for Standing Tall and Talented, a nickname Amar'e's dad gave to him. This book, the first in the series, is about 11 year old Amar'e, as he handles neighborhood bullies, along with issues at school, on the basketball court, and at the skate park. The book is told in first person and contains plenty of interesting details, funny asides, and basketball scenes, and never talks down to the reader. Occasional black and white drawings will help keep readers interested. Each chapter is about 8-10 pages and contains good vocabulary without sounding unrealistic. This series would be especially great for reluctant readers and sports fans.

  • Derik LeCaptain
    2019-07-07 00:26

    STAT is now in my top five of favorite books I have read. It is an awesome story about NBA all star Amar'e Stoudemire's childhood. I love how characters are added to the book as the story goes on. I also like how the book talks about Amar'es family and especially how well the book describes his father. The book also lets the reader know that Amar'e had many more intrests than just playing basketball. He loved to play baseball, basketball, football, and he really really loved to try out new tricks on his skate board. The book was fun to read easy to understand and made sense the entire time. My hope is to read every other book in this series and see how they compare with Stoudemire's first book.

  • Carter Gilkes
    2019-07-04 21:52

    Amar'e is a good student and a well rounded kid outside of school. For years Amar'e and his friends have been going to the park in their small town. One day after school, a group of three older kids were there playing, and wouldn't share the court until Amar'e left. On weekends Amar'e helps out with his dad's lawn care service which after they get finished with the job someone messes with the lawn. Later Amar'e realizes that the trash on the finished lawn is from the same three that took the basketball court. Amar'e comes up with a plan to get rid of the bullies, get lots of witnesses to insure a clean game and winner takes the court. Read the book to find out if Amar'e and his friends keep the court the court.

  • Chris W
    2019-06-26 00:29

    The book I read was a really interesting book. My book I read was called STAT. The initials for STAT is standing tall and talented. It was very suspenseful and a thriller and it was amazing. I really like the book it was the first book in the series. I would read more of the series because it was the best book ever . I recommend this book for my best friend he would like it because he a basketball player to. I had a connection with the book because I played on the basketball team and i had some difficulty getting used to playing on the basketball team. And that’s why I liked the book STAT.

  • SantiagoT
    2019-06-18 02:47

    I thought S.T.A.T was an interesting book that showed me the struggle of a young boy growing up and how he deals with his problems compared to his friends or how he treats his friends. The book shows the perspective of a good kid (Amar'e Stoudemire) and the different struggles that come to him such as bullies, chores, responsibilities as a friend and he deals with him and I was glad to join the ride. Overall, I felt like the book was an enjoyable story of the boy named S.T.A.T and I'd be glad to read it again

  • Ellen
    2019-07-04 19:36

    A new sports series by NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire, STAT provides a warm, nostalgic glimpse into the childhood of the basketball star who wanted to be a skateboarder growing up. This first book introduces us to young Amar'e and his friends who defend their neighborhood against some bullies. We also meet Amar'e father who gave him the nickname STAT (Standing Tall and Talented). The book gives a strong message of standing up and doing the right thing, defending the weak, working hard, and caring for family. The story lines may not be remarkable, but STAT is a solid newcomer to this genre.

  • Annie W.
    2019-07-13 19:54

    I think that “Home Court” is a very entertaining book to read if you enjoy sports and competition. The writing is effective because it gets you nervous. Some of the strengths include the reality of it, there are many times when you can relate to it and the actual sports in it are great. Some of the weaknesses are that it doesn’t have great details. It isn’t super specific about certain things. I would recommend this book to a classmate if they like sports. It has a series and I plan on reading the rest of the books.

  • Jake
    2019-07-16 20:43

    This book is about NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire. This book is about Amar'e having fun with his friends playing baseball, skateboarding,and playing basketball. The group of friends run into some trouble. There are some 8th grade bullies from out of town trashing there basketball court. The friends play the bullies 3 times. The first time the boys played the bullies the bullies were playing dirty. The same thing happens the second time. The friends have lost 2 times. In the last game Amar'e wins. I recommend this book to sports lovers.

  • Marc Schroeder
    2019-06-21 18:48

    This book works as a good High Interest read for struggling readers, especially boys who love sports. Written by professional basketball player, Amar'e Stoudemire, it tells of the author's adolescent years through a positive message of how to stand up for one's self in an appropriate manner. I also liked that the main character takes school seriously while balancing his love of outside activities. It makes it okay to proud to do well in school. My one criticism is that the plot isn't very well shaped. The author should have made the stakes higher for the main character.

  • Cameren
    2019-06-24 23:36

    It was a good book. The description of the game made me feel like I was in the book and playing the game myself. STAT is a good kid who is real smart and is on the honor roll and is into many different things. He has 2 real good friends who he likes to play basketball with. He lives with his dad and Brother. He helps his dad out in his lawn care Business. And he makes a discovery about himself in the end of the book.

  • Jalen Gibson
    2019-07-18 23:26

    My book was about a kid who hates basketball and his friend sign up for basketball and he didn't want to so his friends kept asking him and finally said yes and became real good at basketball.I gave the book that rating because they could of used more detail and explain more about the main character and whats he like or more details.The type of readers that will enjoy this book is people who like sports and basketball.teens boys because basketball is more of a boy sport.

  • Martha
    2019-07-15 00:42

    Written by basketball star Amar'e Stoudemire, young basketball enthusiast Talented) series. Told through the voice of a young boy who must navigate his way through some tough adversaries on the basketball court, Amar'e with the help of his strong father, makes wise choices and succeeds in the court and at school. This is a great choice for reluctant readers who love basketball. Amar'e Stoudemire uses his experiences growing up to tell his story, and his voice rings true.

  • Brandon
    2019-07-13 23:42

    If I were to rate this book I would give it 4 stars. I would give it this rating because it was a pretty interesting book. I did not give it 5 because the ending was not the greatest. I would recommend this book to any one that likes sports. If you do not like sports that much then you might not like this book as much. This book is mostly about a kid and his friends trying to get their court back.

  • PJ
    2019-06-22 19:29

    A good story with several lessons to be learned. The story is about a real life basketball player as a child. The boy struggles with balancing his friendships, school projects and skateboarding. Some bullies have taken over the basketball court and the main character and his friends need to win a game in order take back the court. A little slow getting started but good lessons.

  • Trey
    2019-06-19 19:26

    I like this book because,it taught a lot of life lessons and it also taught you to never give up doing what you love.It also teaches you that hard work pays of and that if you work for something you feel like you earned it because in the story he mowed lawns in the book so that he could earn spending money.It teaches you to do good in school and if you do you can do anything you want to do.