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Rez Ball (edició 2023)

de Byron Graves (Autor)

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This compelling debut novel by new talent Byron Graves tells the relatable, high-stakes story of a young athlete determined to play like the hero his Ojibwe community needs him to be.

These days, Tre Brun is happiest when he is playing basketball on the Red Lake Reservation high school team??even though he can't help but be constantly gut-punched with memories of his big brother, Jaxon, who died in an accident.

When Jaxon's former teammates on the varsity team offer to take Tre under their wing, he sees this as his shot to represent his Ojibwe rez all the way to their first state championship. This is the first step toward his dream of playing in the NBA, no matter how much the odds are stacked against him.

But stepping into his brother's shoes as a star player means that Tre can't mess up. Not on the court, not at school, and not with his new friend, gamer Khiana, who he is definitely not falling in love with.

After decades of rez teams almost making it, Tre needs to take his team to state. Because if he can live up to Jaxon's dreams, their story isn't over yet.

This book is published by Heartdrum, an imprint that publishes high-quality, contemporary stories about Indigenous young people in the United States and Canada.… (més)

Membre:amyjuengst
Títol:Rez Ball
Autors:Byron Graves (Autor)
Informació:Heartdrum (2023), 368 pages
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Narrated by Jesse Nobess. A bit too much basketball action for me but overall, a solid representation of a Native American teen who plays on his high school varsity team. Beyond the game itself, the story is well-rounded with depictions of life on the rez, the hopes of a Native community, and Tye proving himself in the shadow of his big brother's death. Throughout there's a pleasing thread of support by extended family, friends, team and community. Nobess performs with a certain monotone which meant the basketball scenes lacked tension. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Mar 15, 2024 |
High school sophomore Tre practiced and worked out all summer in hopes of making the varsity basketball team and following in his father's and older brother Jaxon's footsteps. At first Coach Whitefeather puts him on JV, but he's soon moved up when varsity players are suspended for drinking. Now Tre is playing with his heroes, Jaxon's former teammates, and they share a dream of winning regionals and then state. Tre has even more dreams, though: he wants to play ball in college and be in the NBA. One of his best friends, Wes, believes in him so much he's making a documentary about him, but Tre's parents seem sunk in memories of Jaxon, who died in a car crash. Tre navigates relationships with his varsity teammates, his best friends Wes and Nate, and new friend Khiana. All of the res kids, especially the darker-skinned ones, face microaggressions and racism when off the res, from being followed in the mall to being pulled over and searched by cops, and when they do beat white basketball teams, the victory is even more meaningful.

See also: Hoops by Matt Tavares, Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang, Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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I feel both motivated to match what he did and a heavy burden on my shoulders. (45)

But it doesn't matter. Sometimes I feel like I'm the ghost here. (45)

"Pride can be a good thing. Pride in our culture, in our tribe, in our heritage. That's the kind of pride that keeps who we are as a people alive. But personal pride, that ego pride can get in the way of growing, learning, and admitting when we are wrong." (Mom to Tre, 259) ( )
  JennyArch | Feb 6, 2024 |
The basketball scenes in this book are full of action. Tre is a sophmore and hoping for a spot on the Varsity basketball team. His family is still reeling from the death of his older brother, basketball star Jaxon. After initially not making the team, he is brought up after a couple members of the team are suspended.
Tre is a character to cheer for. He has close friends, he loses his way a bit and makes some bad decisions, but he finds his way back to his values, purpose, and goals. There is some strong language peppered throughout, but it is in context. His best friend is an aspiring film maker and is making a documentary of Tre as a project which leads to some cool opportunities for introspection and exploring ways in which we chart paths to our future selves.
The family and community are present and supportive within this book that also explores racial dynamics, racism, and privilege within the context of the storytelling of this boy and this team's journey to try ti win the state basketball championship. ( )
  ewyatt | Nov 10, 2023 |
Not as engaging as some other indigenous writer/main character books. The current audio book addition is an AI rendered reading. The story was ok but I just couldn't get into it. ( )
  mlstweet | Sep 6, 2023 |
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Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML:

This compelling debut novel by new talent Byron Graves tells the relatable, high-stakes story of a young athlete determined to play like the hero his Ojibwe community needs him to be.

These days, Tre Brun is happiest when he is playing basketball on the Red Lake Reservation high school team??even though he can't help but be constantly gut-punched with memories of his big brother, Jaxon, who died in an accident.

When Jaxon's former teammates on the varsity team offer to take Tre under their wing, he sees this as his shot to represent his Ojibwe rez all the way to their first state championship. This is the first step toward his dream of playing in the NBA, no matter how much the odds are stacked against him.

But stepping into his brother's shoes as a star player means that Tre can't mess up. Not on the court, not at school, and not with his new friend, gamer Khiana, who he is definitely not falling in love with.

After decades of rez teams almost making it, Tre needs to take his team to state. Because if he can live up to Jaxon's dreams, their story isn't over yet.

This book is published by Heartdrum, an imprint that publishes high-quality, contemporary stories about Indigenous young people in the United States and Canada.

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