"[An] inspiring story.
Sticky is a true original, and de la Peña has skillfully brought him to life."-School Library Journal
...Teens will be strongly affected by the unforgettable, distinctly male voice; the thrilling, unusually detailed basketball action; and the questions about race, love, self-worth, and what it means to build a life without advantages."-Booklist
, this book will hook older readers, especially urban teen males."-VOYA
"The characters live and breath...This is a must-read.
"De la Peña does an excellent job of combining the streets with the sport. Gritty and mesmerizing.
"I have never before seen blacktop ball depicted so well. In this novel, you will find its flash, its power, and its elegance without chains. This is powerful
stuff."-Antawn Jamison, forward for the Los Angeles Clippers
"From the very first sentence, this book grabbed me and didn't let go.
The deeper I got into it, the more I felt like Sticky's story was my story. His heart, his handle, the guys in the gym, his potential pitfalls, his dreams. All of it. In a weird sense, this is my life."-Grayson Boucher ("The Professor") of tha AND 1 Mix Tape Tour
"Truly authentic in its examination of both the game I love and the invariable missteps toward manhood. You cannot fail to be moved by the eloquence and truth of this story.
"-Rick Fox, former forward for the Los Angeles LakersAn ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers