SHORTY MAKES FIRST TEAM by Caary Jackson

SHORTY MAKES FIRST TEAM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Although this story of basketball and character building for the junior high group has an admirable moral purpose, the pedagogical sentiments contained herein are a bit too solid for junior consumption. Danny Cleary, fiery little seventh grader with a chip on his shoulder because of his lack of height and resentment against the ""right"" side of the tracks, finds many obstacles -- most of them the result of prejudice on his part --on the road to being a member of the basketball squad. Coach Ryber and the sententious math teacher help Danny understand the value of hard work, sportsmanship and teamwork. A wide representation of races and creeds in the city school and a projected seventh grade earnestness and enthusiasm give a sense of reality. However, the amazingly precocious vocabulary of the youngsters and the teachers, who grind out sentiments like linked sausages, are distinctly unreal.

Publisher: Wilcox & Follett