by Walter Dean Myers


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Drew Lawson knows basketball is taking him places. It has to, because his grades certainly aren't. But lately his plan has run squarely into a pick. Coach's new offense has made another player a star, and Drew won't let anyone disrespect his game. Just as his team makes the playoffs, Drew must come up with something big to save his fading college prospects. It's all up to Drew to find out just how deep his game really is.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060582968
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/27/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 111,115
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Game 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Lorezno_Marino_Mayfair More than 1 year ago
The protagonist, Drew Lawson who is African American, lives in the streets and neighborhoods of Harlem New York City. The book I read before this one, “Slam” was very similar. It was all about basketball. Drew isn’t involved with the troubles of gangs and drugs that are all over his neighborhood. He just focuses on basketball; he has goals of becoming a star in the NBA. That’s why he tries to be the number one player on his team. The problem with Drew in the book is that he can’t cooperate with his coach. He sometimes disagrees with him. He wants to play his way and doesn’t want to be coached. This book is a fiction type of book. Its theme in my opinion is about believing in your coach, and trusting each other. Throughout the chapters, there was always an argument or a disagreement between Drew and his coach. The new member in the team who’s from the Czech Republic is the new star player. Drew notices that the coach was training with him more often and giving him the ball all the time. He wants to overcome this new player and try his best to go to college and get to a Division I team. And probably later on be a ball player for the NBA. I really love the way the author uses the sport basketball in the story and puts it in a way that it relates to Drew’s life. Especially how he shows a great knowledge in the sport, he made the games that Drew and his team played against other teams very suspenseful. But not only that, he displayed Drew’s thoughts about the games and related them to the reality in life of the choices you make. And because of this, it really made me keep turning the pages because you couldn’t tell what would happen next and it tempted me to keep on going. Drew later on realizes of his ability to be a team player rather than a star player. He was thinking of himself too much and not about the team. He is an amazing basketball player but he didn’t play up to his full potential by learning from his mistakes from disobeying his coach. And because of this, he gave the crowd a game worth really shouting for. The scores were really close and it made the gym shake. As for the ending, you will have to find out for yourself. There were events in the book that related into my life about a pupil and his coach. But I really do recommend this book to everyone. Even if you’re not really into sports, it’s a really great book that can teach you something new about life, it really did for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GAME The book game is the best book ever! One reason for that is because most books do not start out with action, the book “GAME” does!! My second reason for “GAME” being fantastic is everything in this book could happen in real life! The colleges that Drew and his teammates get offers from, REAL colleges. I’m not a big reader, but when my friend recommended it and I started reading it, it was good!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Game by Walter Dean Myers is a story about this senior at a high school in Harlem that play basketball for the school. He is outstanding basketball skills he has a chance at get a division I scholarship. He has a lot on his mind with school, basketball, and his friend that is in jail. This new guys named Thomas comes from Prague, and Drew feels threatened. As he does a survey around the neighborhood of Harlem and he notices that a abundances of people had the talent he had but made bad decisions and didn't make it, and then he starts to be more cautious but what he does. I rates this book 5 starts and I recommend this book to people that are in love with basketball.
emclean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read 218/218This book is about a teenage boy named Drew who knows he is not very smart but is trying to use his ball playing skills to get him into a good college. This book takes place in Harlem and during a time where boys his age end up on the street and or dead. At first his basketball team is struggling to win and he isn't starting no more but as soon as his coach changes it up and lets him start again his team starts winning again. The main character is Drew and he is a 6'5" African-American Senior. He and his family are close and pretty much get along and he is friends with everyone on the team. He helps out his mom and listens to his annoying little sister and is a stay out of trouble character. In the beginning he hates his coach because he was changing up their game plan and sitting him for a white kid named Thomas. In the end he becomes friends with Thomas and gets closer with his coach and starts to understand his view point. The reason why I like Walter Dean Myers book's is because I can relate to most of his main characters. I also am close with my family and try my best to always make my mom's life easier and I also like to play basketball. I relate to him because a lot of boys my age are getting in trouble in I try to avoid the bad situations just like Drew. I can't really recall on anything I didn't like about this book because I am a very picky person about what books I choose and the book I choose usually ends up becoming one of my favorites. Although, the one thing I didn't like about this book is I wish it was longer. I would recommend this book to sports/basketball fans or Seniors that are going through the same problem about what colleges to go to. I would recommend this book to those type of people because this book is mainly a sports book with some off the court drama. If someone were to play this character in a movie I would want it to be me because I like the personality of the character and wouldn't mind being in a movie. Also I think I could almost fit the physical requirements of the main character especially his height.
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Most horrible book ever
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Hell yes this is a good book i love this is the book i love
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Means04 More than 1 year ago
If you love the game, read The Game, by Walter Dean Meyers. An excellent book will not just tell you about basketball it will talk about life. I really connected with the author because the way he made Drew's life it was very similar to mind. Drew never stopped loving the game so that made me not stop loving the game. This book can teach a lot of people. How to live while playing basketball. The main theme of this book is to live life to the fullest. You only get one life, so Drew did all he could to play ball. This book is an easy read but still a serious one. The Game is an excellent book to show young boys how life is in the real world. The Game can be being funny at times but also serious. I say it's serious because how Drew's life is how people treat him. I would recommend this book to any person that play basketball. It shows how you have to be good on the court and off the court. Your social and school life effects on the court. So what ever you do always handle your business.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Drew Lawson lives and breathes basketball. He plans to use basketball as his ticket out of Harlem, and everyone knows it. The problems start when Coach "House" Hauser changes the game plan.

The Lawson family is a bit unusual for their neighborhood. Drew is lucky to have both a mom and dad living under the same roof, and although money is a struggle, both parents work. He and his sister have been raised to value life and set high goals. News from their neighborhood only makes the paper when it is bad news. Shootings, stabbings, and robberies are the usual stories, and Drew's mother frets when those stories involve young people.

The Chargers basketball team could offer Drew a chance at a better life. He is a decent player and has his sights set on playing Division I college ball in hopes of being a future NBA player. As a star Chargers' player, it just might be possible. Unfortunately, it seems that Coach House has other plans.

It is mid-season and suddenly Coach House has brought in two new players - a couple of white players. That doesn't bother Drew and his team too much until it becomes evident that Coach plans to start these new players in positions that clearly threaten Drew's game. What is Coach trying to do? Is there a method to his madness or is Drew's future at stake?

GAME is set in Walter Dean Myers' home territory in Harlem, and is filled with his trademark characters and plenty of action. Readers hear Drew's story in between bouts of realistic play-by-play basketball scenes. Myers fans as well as basketball lovers will find this a satisfying read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney
Abrams Books
Realistic Fiction

Hey you! Yeah you! Come over here and read this! It's about a gut busting book, meaning you'll bust your gut from laughing so hard. Jeff Kinney brought us a hilarious book called Diary of a Wimpy Kid. A boy named Greg Heffley wrote in a journal his mom bought for him. This book is the journal and is all about his experience in seventh grade. Greg Heffley goes through lots of fazes, meaning he loves to try a bunch of different things. His best friend's name is Rowley. They hang out eighty-five percent of the book. Greg and Rowley go through too much together. Like one time, there's this thing called the ¿cheese touch.¿ It's a piece of rotten cheese Greg put on a basketball court beside the school years ago. Whoever touches it has to try and touch someone else and give them the ¿cheese touch.¿ A bunch of teenagers were chasing Greg and Rowley on Halloween and they made Rowley eat the cheese! There are many more things that happen to them.
The characters in this book all have a different personality. Greg Heffley is adventurous because he likes to try different things, wimpy because he's not very strong at all, lazy because he's obsessed with video games, and funny because everything bad happens to him. Greg is important to this book because he's the main character and the whole book revolves around him. His older brother, Rodrick Heffley, is mean because he picks on Greg, he's annoying because he's not good at the drums and plays them in the garage with his awful band, he's lazy because he likes to lay around, and he's rude because he has no manners. Rodrick Heffley is important to this book because he's the main character's older brother. Greg Heffley's best friend, Rowley, is adventurous because he travels around the world every summer and school vacation, he's wimpy because he's not strong and can't take any pain at all, he's immature because he likes toddler toys, and he's just always happy. Rowley is important to this book because he's a main character himself and he's the main character, Greg's, best friend.
I love this book. I highly recommend this book to children of all ages with a sense of humor. I liked this book because of all the funny events, the whole book was funny, it wasn't hard to concentrate on because it was nice and simple (and funny!!), and it was hard to put down. Oh! By the way, before you start reading this book, call an ambulance or the paramedics so they're ready to replace your gut.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Authors like Walter Dean Meyers inspire you in everything he writes. This book is about a high schooler named Drew Lawson who plays on his schools basketball team.But in the middle of the season 2 strange white players join the team, will they take take his spot or just warm the bench. Read this great book to find out the teams ups and downs and highs and lows in this roller coaster of a book 'Game'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book but i lose the setting sometimes
DALGRA123 More than 1 year ago
Dallas Grant Ms. Lasley Literature October 17, 2010 Book Review The book, Game, by Walter Dean Myers is about a teenager named Drew who knows how to play basketball. Drew and his family watch the news about a killing of 16 and 17 year-old boys trying to rob a store in the New York Harlem Community. Drew starts to think about entering into the NBA (National Basketball Association) and how his high school basketball career is taking off, but he wants to finish off strong in his high school year. The playoffs starts when Drew finds out that the coach gets a new offense and that another player becomes the star player on the team. Drew is a bench warmer, but he won't let anyone disrespect his game so he starts to play hard in the playoff games. The game is so close that Thomas Franklin K. Lane Team plays defense on Drew pretty strong as time is running out. His pastor comes to his house with the coach from DePaul University, and they give Drew a scholarship. Drew is so happy to fulfill his dream as a basketball player in college.