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Epic Athletes: Kevin Durant

Holt. (Epic Athletes: Bk. 8). Aug. 2020. 176p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781250295835.
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Gr 4-8–Growing up just outside of Washington, DC, Kevin Durant was an enthusiastic athlete. At an early age, his impressive height often brought unwanted attention. Before becoming a legendary NBA player and Olympic medalist, Durant didn’t have the easiest childhood. A year or so after Durant’s birth, his parents separated. Durant moved to many different houses and frequently changed schools. When he was around eight years old, Durant signed up to play basketball at the local recreation center. He met two basketball coaches, Charles “Chucky” Craig and Taras Brown, who would change his life and set him on a path towards success. They instilled in him the skills that were needed to become a professional ballplayer: a strong work ethic and being a team player. Prolific sportswriter Wetzel emphasizes Durant’s passion for basketball, his willingness to share the spotlight, and how his early years learning the game inside and out propelled him to be one of the greatest athletes in basketball today. This detailed biography is full of play-by-play action sequences and illuminates Durant’s character, on and off the court. Wetzel highlights Durant’s prowess as a natural athlete and his loyalty to his teammates and his fans. Young readers will find much to admire in Durant; the text’s pacing and sports-heavy details will keep them hooked until the final pages.
VERDICT Substance and insider knowledge make this an excellent choice for most libraries serving young sports fans.

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