Ball Don't Lie

Title

Ball Don't Lie

Authors

Matt De La Pena

Publisher

Random House Children's Books

Publication Year

2005

ISBN

9780385734257

Pages

280 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Sticky is a beat-around-the-head foster kid with nowhere to call home but the street, and an outer shell so tough that no one will take him in. He started out life so far behind the pack that the finish line seems nearly unreachable. He’s a white boy living and playing in a world where he doesn’t seem to belong. But Sticky can ball. And basketball might just be his ticket out . . . if he can only realize that he doesn’t have to be the person everyone else expects him to be.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

710L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Race & Culture; Health & Disability; Family member death; Foster care; Race discrimination; Mental illness; foster child; prejudice; obsessive-compulsive (OCD)

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White / Caucasian

Keywords

basketball; foster care; death; teenager; OCD

Diversity Impact

direct

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