How Lamar's Bad Prank Won A Bubba-sized Trophy

How Lamar's Bad Prank Won A Bubba-sized Trophy

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Thirteen-year-old Lamar Washington is the maddest, baddest, most spectacular bowler at Striker's Bowling Paradise. But while Lamar's a whiz at rolling strikes, he always strikes out with girls. And his brother, Xavier the Basketball Savior, is no help. Xavier earns trophy after trophy on the basketball court and soaks up Dad's attention, leaving no room for Lamar's problems.

Until bad boy Billy Jenks convinces Lamar that hustling at the alley will help him win his dream girl, plus earn him enough money to buy an expensive pro ball and impress celebrity bowler Bubba Sanders. But when Billy's scheme goes awry, Lamar ends up ruining his brother's shot at college and every relationship in his life. Can Lamar figure out how to mend his broken ties, no matter what the cost?

From debut author Crystal Allen comes an unforgettable story of one boy's struggle to win his family's respect and get the girl of his dreams while playing the sport he loves.

Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, c2011.
ISBN: 9780061992728
Branch Call Number: J ALL
Characteristics: 283 p. ; 22 cm.

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

This book had the potential to turn after-school-special schlocky, but Crystal Allen's excellent sense of humor kept that from happening. The positive message of the resolution may seem a bit hackneyed to the old and cynical, but to the kid who likes their books to be reassuring and non-dark this book is a blessing. And the message: "You can make mistakes but then work to make things right" is a good one.

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Lamar loves to bowl and his life is looking up -- fine girlfriend, even a chance to make serious money, albeit with known bad-boy Billy Jenks. But when Lamar's feud with his big brother Xavier reaches a tipping point, will his bid for revenge ruin all the good things he has?

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