Slam by W.D. Myers brings the reader up close and personal to life in Harlem and the monumental task of escaping from that life. (The author grew up in Harlem and you can tell this by the attention to detail and the intensity of the struggles these youngsters face everyday). However, a young reader does not have to have grown up in Harlem to know and understand the complexities of making it out of poverty and life on the lower end of the socio-economic cauldron. Greg's struggle is 'everykids' struggle to say NO to the temptations of a subculture of easy money, drugs, and crime when it is all around him everyday of his life. Greg has a shot at escaping because he is an exceptionally gifted basketball player with an eye on a college scholarship. His grades are slipping and his parents cannot afford to send him to a better school. He MUST bring up his grades, learn to play with a team, and walk away from his best friend Ice (also a decent basketball player) who is dealing drugs. Young readers relate to Greg and the struggles and choices he HAS to make as many of them must make the very same choices, perhaps not out of Harlem, but out of poverty and into the middle class. (Feedback about this item is greatly appreciated, and I invite you to become a follower to receive notices of FREEBIES, SALES and newly posted products). THANK YOU!!