The Hoopster by Alan Sitomer

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The Hoopster, by Alan Lawrence Sitomer takes place in a modern day neighborhood, where everyone gets along no matter who you are. The main characters of this book are Andre Anderson a black teenager who wants to become a professional writer, Shawn a white teenager who is Andre's best friend, Cedric Andre's cousin, Pops Andre's dad, Mr. Jarvin Andre's boss, and Gwen Andre's white girlfriend. Andre is a black teenager who loves to play basketball with his friends. He has a dream of becoming a great writer; therefore he works at Affairs Magazine. Mr. Jarvin finally gives Andre the chance to prove his writing skills by assigning him to write an article on racism. Andre believes that he cannot write about racism because he cannot relate to it, but he has no choice but to write the article. Throughout the book Andre suddenly is confronted by racist situations. Andre's article is a success, but there are some racist who are upset with his article and viciously attack Andre. Now, everything he ever believed about the world had been called into question. Andre's first hand experience with racism makes him aware of the fact that racism does affect his life, but it only makes him stronger.

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