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Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court

Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court

The sports legend's first memoir for young readers (now in paperback!) explores his path from his days as a shy boy named Lew Alcindor to becoming Kareem, an important story published at time when the national conversation around sports and racial injustice has intensified.

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ISBN 9780316555418
Barcode 9780316555418
Published 8 January 2019 by Little, Brown
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
By Obstfeld, Raymond
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ISBN-13 9780316555418
ISBN-10 031655541X
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Little, Brown
Imprint Little, Brown Young Readers
Publication Date 8 January 2019
International Publication Date 6 November 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
By Obstfeld, Raymond
Category Biography & Autobiography: Sport
Basketball
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 138mm
Height: 212mm
Spine: 24mm
Weight 280g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Basketball players - Biography - Juvenile literature - United States, African American basketball players - Biography - Juvenile literature, Social reformers - Biography - Juvenile literature - United States
NBS Text Autobiography: Sport
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 796.323092
Catalogue Code 956648

Description of this Book

In his first memoir written especially for young readers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will focus on his relationships with several important coaches in his life - including his father, his high-school coach and Coach Wooden - as he tells the story of his life and career. At one time, Lew Alcindor was just another kid from New York City with all the usual problems: He struggled with fitting in, with pleasing a strict father, and with overcoming shyness that made him feel socially awkward. But with a talent for basketball, and an unmatched team of supporters, Lew Alcindor was able to transform and to become Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From a childhood made difficult by racism and prejudice to a record-smashing career on the basketball court as an adult, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's life was packed with coaches who taught him right from wrong and led him on the path to greatness. His parents, coaches Jack Donahue and John Wooden, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and many others played important roles in Abdul-Jabbar's life and sparked him to become an activist for social change and advancement. The inspiration from those around him, and his drive to find his own path in life, are highlighted in this personal and awe-inspiriting journey.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is... as gifted an intellect as he is an athlete... It's a tale by a wise elder-- about basketball, sure, but also about cultural, political, social, and religious awakenings, big stuff narrated in a very accessible way. --The New York Times Book Review * This timely and unforgettable memoir is essential for middle and high school collections, and affords rich opportunities for classroom and book club discussions. --SLJ, starred review * More than a play-by-play sports story, it's an honest, powerful exposition of what it means to be black in white America, offering a de facto history of the civil rights movement. --Booklist, starred review * In our current moment when black athletes are joining the national confrontation with the nation's overwhelming legacy of racial injustice, few are better suited to provide context than Abdul-Jabbar.... Wrestling with what it means to be black, determining his own responsibility and capacity to respond to injustice, and becoming the kindest, gentlest, smartest, lovingest version of himself takes center stage in this retelling of the early part of his life. Like the author's unstoppable skyhook, this timely book is a clear score. --Kirkus, starred review

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Author's Bio

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA's all-time leading scorer and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Since retiring, he has been an actor, a basketball coach, and the author of many New York Times bestsellers. Abdul-Jabbar is also a columnist for many news outlets, such as The Guardian and The Hollywood Reporter, writing on a wide range of subjects including race, politics, age, and pop culture. In 2012, he was selected as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador and in 2016 Abdul-Jabbar was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award which recognizes exceptional meritorious service. He lives in Southern California.

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