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How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy (2011)

por Crystal Allen

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When thirteen-year-old, bowling-obsessed Lamar Washington finds out that his idol is coming to town, he finds himself involved in some unsavory activities as he tries to change his image to impress people.
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This is a kind of feel-good story about a young boy who's an enthusiastic bowler and learns important lessons about life, carefully choosing the company he keeps, and staying true to his friends, his family and himself one summer. A lot of tween- and teen-directed books have a sports theme, but I'd never read one about bowling before, and it made for a nice change. Unable to participate in other sports because of severe asthma, Lamar is a very talented bowler, but his longing to be "cool" and desire for expensive bowling gear has him ditching his best friend and hustling with the town troublemaker for money. Meanwhile, he's navigating the tricky territory of his first romance, and fighting constantly with his older brother, who struggles with anger management issues. Lamar's thuggish new "friend" talks him into pulling a nasty "prank" to get back at his brother, he finds himself in big trouble and unsure if he'll be able to fix the mess he's made.

I think young 9-to-12s would enjoy this book, particularly those who enjoy bowling. ( )
  meggyweg | Mar 4, 2017 |
Lamar Washington loves bowling. He's the king of Striker's Bowling Paradise and he hangs out there everyday during summer vacation with his best friend Sergio, bowling and checking out cute girls. He reveres bowling pro Bubba Sanders and looks forward to his July 4th visit to the lanes. But Lamar gets caught up in Billy Jenks' hustling scheme, and his head is turned around by the money they make hustling on the lanes. Additionally, friction is mounting with big brother Xavier, a star high school basketball player. Lamar puts up a big front with the girls and his hustling, but inside he's still an insecure kid, wondering if he said or did the right thing, and that adds to the humor of his story. The publisher lists this book as for ages 8-12, but given how much Lamar and Sergio eyeball the girls and discuss hooking up (not sexually in this case, just kissing), I'd say this is better suited for ages 11-14. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is a comical and and heart wrenching novel. Lamar is going through a tough time and finds his own way to get through it. It does have a lot of slang and street talk in it. I enjoyed reading Lamar's story come to life and ending was fitting! ( )
  hschmill22 | Oct 5, 2014 |
Lamar just jumps out at me and it's as if he's real. I can hear his voice telling me that his story is the maddest baddest story around. Crystal Allen came to visit my school today and what I have found is that she knows the one thing that makes a good character. Voice. ( )
  teampeeta254 | Oct 6, 2013 |
Little Kid Reaction: Review pending.

Big Kid Reaction: I struggled with this for a while, because even though I knew Lamar had to be the "hero," he wasn't a very pleasant or sympathetic character. About halfway through, though, he grew on me and the story became much richer. It is an enjoyable read, but not a book I'd pick for every reader. I don't mind street talk, but it was overdone.

Pros: Lots of dialogue and just a small group of characters make this a tight-knit story that will appeal to reluctant readers. There are a series of subplots that will have readers turning the page just to find out what happens next.

To read our full review, go to The Reading Tub®.
  TheReadingTub | Jan 16, 2013 |
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