book cover of Stealing the Game

Stealing the Game

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

Chris Richards has always looked up to Jax, his older brother and his parents' "golden child." Lately, though, Jax has been full of surprises. First he dropped out of law school; then he started hanging out with some shifty-looking friends. One day Jax asks Chris to recruit his best middle school teammates for a pick-up basketball game in the park. Chris doesn't think much of it until the wrong team wins and Jax goes ballistic. It turns out that Jax bet on the game, hoping to earn enough money to repay a debt to someone who doesn't forgive easily. While Chris tries to walk a thin tightrope between helping his brother and staying out of trouble, his friend Theo does some behind-the-scenes detective work to learn what Jax has been up to. The day Chris is roped into a police investigation is the day he realizes he made the wrong play.

Praise for Sasquatch in the Paint
"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."--Booklist

"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

Genre: Children's Fiction

Used availability for Raymond Obstfeld's Stealing the Game

Hardback Editions

February 2015 : USA Hardback

Title: Stealing the Game (Streetball Crew)
Author(s): Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld
ISBN: 1-4231-7871-8 / 978-1-4231-7871-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

Paperback Editions

February 2016 : USA Paperback

Title: Streetball Crew Book Two Stealing the Game
Author(s): Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
ISBN: 1-4231-9469-1 / 978-1-4231-9469-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA