The Moves Make the Man

Author(s): Bruce Brooks
CD - unabridged
Audio (7 discs)
Product Number: C2238
Released: Oct 21, 2003
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781402554025
Narrator/s: Peter Francis James
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For Bix Rivers, nothing is more important than the truth. His father is dead, his mother is in a mental hospital, and his stepfather ignores him. A devotion to truth is all he has left. When black basketball standout Jerome Foxworthy is chosen to integrate Bix's all-white junior high school, the two outcasts form a strong friendship, and Jerome teaches Bix the fundamentals of shooting hoops. But Bix will not learn to fake. Fakes are lies, as Bix sees it. But the day will arrive when Bix has no choice but to "put on the moves." If the moves make the man, what will happen to Bix if he gives up the truth? The Moves Make the Man won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction, and is a Newbery Honor Book, an ALA Notable Children's Book, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Alternately angry and hilarious, but always unflinchingly honest, The Moves Make the Man is a striking and unforgettable story.

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Author(s): Bruce Brooks
Product Number EB00241302
Released: Mar 21, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: #9780061919367
Text - Paperback
Author(s): Bruce Brooks
Product Number 12496
Released: Jan 21, 2000
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780064405645

Professional reviews

"This Newbery Honor Book has appeared on many lists of best books for young adults and continues to be enjoyed by teens. Jerome Foxworthy and Bix Rivers are outsiders in the seventh grade. Jerome is the first (and only) black to integrate the school, and Bix has big troubles at home with a mentally ill mother and a stepfather who ignores him. The unlikely friendship of the two teens centers on the basketball court as Jerome teaches moves to Bix. James's performance differentiates each character, successfully capturing the rhythm of Southern speech patterns and dialects. This complex, sophisticated plot also contains a lot about the technical aspects of basketball. James rises to the challenge of balancing the personal stories of the two boys with the finer points of the sport. While it might take one or more rereadings to understand the story, this recording goes a long way to making it more accessible to young adults. S.S.R. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"