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Sasquatch in the Paint

(The first book in the Streetball Crew series)
A novel by

Theo Rollins is starting eighth grade six inches taller, and his new height is making everyone expect more from him. Coach Mandrake wants to transform him from invisible science geek into star basketball player, even though Theo has little experience with the game. When Theo tries to hone his skills by playing pick-up ball in the park, kids are eager to include him at first; then they quickly see that he has no control of his gangly body. A girl named Rain even dubs him "Sasquatch." To make matters worse, all his time spent on training is starting to hurt his science club's chances of winning the "Aca-lympics," the school's trivia competition. Just when Theo thinks he can't handle any more pressure, he's accused of stealing. Can he find the real thief before he is kicked off the basketball and science club teams, or will his attempt at sleuthing be yet another air ball?

Loosely based on challenges that NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar faced while growing up, Sasquatch in the Paint is a slam dunk for fans of basketball action and absorbing mysteries.

Praise for Sasquatch in thePaint

"A crisp tale of sports, smarts and what it means to be your own man or woman-or boy or girl, if you happen to be 13...It seems to be an embarrassment of riches to be, say, one of the best basketball players in history and also write tightly entertaining novels for kids, but there you have Abdul-Jabbar. Fearless, caring sports fiction."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A humorous novel that delivers a heartwarming story about growing up, facing down bullies, and learning what true friendship is all about."
--School Library Journal

"The depth and realism Abdul-Jabbar and Obstfeld bring to the novel keep it from being a run-of-the-mill sports story...Readers will feel a kinship with Theo as he maneuvers through tough but realistic choices."
--Publishers Weekly

"This smart, sensitive novel is full of simple truths that extend far beyond the court."

"This funny and inspirational novel based on Kareem's sudden growth spurt as a middle-schooler captures the excitement of playing basketball and the anxiety of growing up--while growing tall, which I know a little something about. Kids will learn about the wonderful world of basketball and the importance of friendship and following your dreams."
--Magic Johnson

A Junior Library Guild Selection
Selected for the Texas Library Association's Lone Star List

Genre: Children's Fiction

Used availability for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Sasquatch in the Paint

Hardback Editions

September 2013 : USA Hardback

Title: Streetball Crew Book One: Sasquatch in the Paint (Streetball Crew (1))
Author(s): Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld
ISBN: 1-4231-7870-X / 978-1-4231-7870-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
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Paperback Editions

January 2015 : USA Paperback

Title: Sasquatch in the Paint (Streetball Crew (1))
Author(s): Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
ISBN: 1-4231-9254-0 / 978-1-4231-9254-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Kindle Editions

September 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition

Title: Sasquatch in the Paint (Streetball Crew Book 1)
Author(s): Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU