Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Book Review - Dream Team

** I just completed a Young Adult literature course and have read and reviewed several materials using a new format. This review follows a template given to me by my professor.**




Name: Christopher M. Jimenez
Media Format: Book (ebook)
Title: Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever

Genre: Sports, Non-fiction, Biography
Author: Jack McCallum
Selection Source: Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: Random House, LLC
Recommended Audience Age: 12 - Adult
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Reading Recommendation: 4
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Curriculum Connections: Physical Education, Health, Leisure, History


Review


Jack McCallum is the journalist who was assigned by Sports Illustrated to cover the 1992 Dream Team during their whirlwind tour of the Barcelona Olympics. As a first-hand observer with access to closed practices and personal interviews with the players, Jack tells the riveting story of how the personalities came together and played for the love of the game.

Evaluation


This history reads like the biography of the 1992 Men’s Olympic Basketball team. It talks about the introduction of the NBA to an international game, fierce competitors that love basketball more than their own pride and the controversy swirling around Magic Johnson and his AIDS diagnosis. This book could easily supplement a discussion of the historical significance of the Olympics and its role in world diplomacy.

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