Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City

224p. index. notes. photos. reprods. Farrar. Oct. 2018. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780374306120.
Gr 7 Up—At one time, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stated that NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson was "the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball." In this well-researched and skillfully written account, Hoose discusses the high school career of Robertson and how his all-black high school overcame tremendous odds in winning the state championship in 1955 and 1956. These wins were historic because it was the first all-black school in the country to win a statewide basketball championship—and it was the first time a team from Indianapolis had ever won. With sharp insight and an engaging writing style, the author relates how high school basketball engulfed the way of life in different Indiana communities and was instrumental in dismantling parts of segregation. Numerous black-and-white photos and newspaper articles supplement this exceedingly engaging work.
VERDICT A great purchase for YA nonfiction collections.

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