by Delwin Braddy

Brief Summary

Lionel Shephard is an African american boy that just started his freshman year at a new school called Bluford high. but all he wants to do is play basketball. His parents thinks that basketball is a waste of time, and education is more important but Lionel thinks it's the other way around. his dream is to go to the NBA, and he not going to give up. Lionel has a friend named Jamar. Jamar Dropped out of school and now wants Lionel to drop out but Lionel doesn't know what he wants to do. Lionel teachers let him know that he's in danger of failing the 9th grade but he doesn't listen.

List of characters

Lionel Shephard

Lionel Dad




and more

Character Analysis for: Lionel

trait 1 : confident

evidence: Lionel loves basketball so much and thinks he going to make it to the NBA that he'll rather play basketball then do work.

Quote from or about the character:

He loves Basketball and want to go to the NBA but everyone is doubting him because he doesn't like doing work at school but he not realizing the he need education to make it to the NBA.


Basketball, Challenges, and overcoming obstacles in high school.

Important event

his teachers don't know he can barely read and threaten to fail him and his dropout friend Jamar wants him to quit school.


This book would be good for an aspiring athletes who want to be in the NBA but also struggle in school.