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The promise his Marion East basketball team showed at the end of last season isn't materializing. And the sweet jumper D-Bow worked on all summer just isn't falling. When Derrick's father has a heart attack, Derrick is faced with a new reality where basketball can't be his only priority. Kevin Waltman teaches creative writing at the University of Alabama. He lives in Coker, Alabama, with his family. Kirkus Reviews "With its deft balance of play-by-play action and off-the-court drama, this series scores.

He and Coach Bolden continue to butt heads, but this year Derrick is better able to trust him; their developing relationship is complex and gratifying. Also nuanced is Derrick's emerging sexuality; he learns quickly that losing his virginity comes with complications. Waltman leaves some threads dangling for future volumes: Best friend Wes is struggling with his own issues, and likable, layabout Uncle Kid's shenanigans prompt unease.

You might also like Other books by this author Related Products His dad said, "They've offered me a job there, but only if you come along too," which is that vital part of the hard decision which we wouldn't have known about without the sequence of events in the story. I really like this book. The main reason I liked it was because I enjoy sports stories. I liked that I could really relate the main character D-Bow. I liked the detail the the author put into the story. One thing I was not quite fond of was the fact that some things in the story did not have to be a part of the story.

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It felt like the story would drag on when I was reading these parts of the story. When the author says, "There's a reason we usually hang at my house instead of Wes'," and then proceeds to tell me why, it was not very necessary. All in all, the story was a very well written story with a good ending that made me want to read the next book in the series. Oct 05, Johnny Steinwart rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Athletes and lovers of basketball. Kevin Waltman's purpose for writing this story is to entertain, as well as show the life of a high school athlete.

Waltman does a fantastic job of doing in-depth play-by-play of the main character's, Derrick Bowen, basketball games. For example, Waltman's talks about the conversations and tensions in the middle of the huddle in a big game.


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The emotions and thoughts of all the players are conveyed, and it makes you feel like you are really there watching the game. Waltman also shows the struggles Kevin Waltman's purpose for writing this story is to entertain, as well as show the life of a high school athlete. Waltman also shows the struggles, as well as positive things, that come from being a good high school athlete.

For example, the pressure Bowen feels in the story is very evident, as well as the positive energy he gets from being a young star on the rise. The theme of the book is that you are never as good as you think you are, but you also aren't as bad as you think you are. The theme is shown by the way Derrick Bowen thinks he is the next greatest thing at his high school, Marion East.

Although Derrick is a star talent, he has things to work on before he reaches his full potential. For example, Derrick is not a very good shooter, and gets down on himself for his lack of success. Derrick begins to stay after practice to make himself better, improving his game. So, before he started working on his shit, he thought he was perfect, but then realized his faults. After realizing his faults, he thought he was horrible, although that was not true.

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The moral of the story is to stay humble, but keep your head held high. The story was told in first person, from the perspective of the main character, Derrick Bowen. Bowen tells the feelings that he has, as well as the feelings and thoughts he perceives that others have. The story is much better from this perspective than it would be from a third person perspective because if it was in third person, the reader would not have all the insight on the social and athletic world that Derrick shows. For example, if the story was told in third person, the reader would not know the nervousness along with the energy that Derrick feels his first day of basketball because the narrator would not be able to see basketball like Derrick sees it.

In my opinion, this book receives 5 stars out of 5 because it grabs hold of the readers competitive spirit, and takes it on a long and memorable ride. There are many climaxes in the story, and the author does a spectacular job of leaving the reader hanging, making them want to read more. I had much trouble putting this book down because of its' relevance to the high school athlete's life.

I recommend "Next" to any athlete or former athlete who enjoys the game of basketball, as well as the life of a high schooler. Thank you, Kevin, for feeding my mind such wonderful entertainment from this book. Oct 10, Marsalis Mitchell marked it as to-read Shelves: next. In Indianapolis, Indiana basketball is the most important thing to the fresh man Derrick Bowen. Usually everyone calls him D-bow.

D-bow is 6'3 and he goes to Marion High. At Marion the school is predominantly black. Derrick looks forward to trying out for the Marion high basketball team. Derrick's advantage at basketball is height and he can throw down that ball. At tryouts his Coach, Bolden, seems to think otherwise. Coach Bolden thinks that Derrick should work on his shot and his passing abil In Indianapolis, Indiana basketball is the most important thing to the fresh man Derrick Bowen. Coach Bolden thinks that Derrick should work on his shot and his passing ability.

That means Derrick will be playing the bench. Soon an opportunity swings toward D-bow's way. Hamilton Academy an elite basketball school looks for skilled basketball players. They find D-bow they want him to play for them. This creates conflict within his parents. D-bow will also get distracted because of the beauty Jasmine presents.

D-bow has challenges that he has to overcome if he wants to make it. D-bow has a lot of stress in the book. It is lifted off his shoulders every time he gets to spend time with his little brother. When its basketball season D-bow and his brother don't spend that much time together. When ever D-bow gets to play the game with him it always puts a smile on his face.

D-bow has big dreams. D-bow hopes to make it to a division one school and then from there make it to the NBA. He wants to be the next Derrick Bowen. D-bow's side mission would be to get that pretty girl Jasmine as his girl friend. D-bow would like that. If you like sports or like to watch them this book is for you. It is about basketball and it is a current type basketball book its not old school. If you play basketball or very serious about it then this about is also for you.

It is a good motivation book about basketball and its similar to the problems you might have to go through as a basketball player. If you are a teenager in high school as a ball player this book is for as well. The book shows how tough high school Coaches can be on a basketball player. It can prepare you for what might hit you next or what challenge you might have to overcome.

If you are one of those people or similar I suggest you read this book, it is interesting and its an overall good book. Dec 17, Ms. Derrick is a good basketball player who has gotten a fair amount of local attention in Indianapolis for his playing. He is on the high school basketball team at Marion High, where he has Coach Bolden, who also worked with his father and Uncle Kid.

As the new hot shot on the team, it seems like the older players, especially Starks, are trying to cut him down to size, and it doesn't help that Derrick is trying to make time with Starks' girlfriend, Jasmine. Derrick is struggling with fitting in and Derrick is a good basketball player who has gotten a fair amount of local attention in Indianapolis for his playing. Derrick is struggling with fitting in and playing the way that Bolden wants him to play-- as part of the team, not a ball hog-- and wishes that things would just be easier.

His Uncle Kid thinks they can be, as long as Derrick considers the offer from a private school, Hamilton Academy, to attend school there and be on their winning team. The school has even offered his father a security job there, which the family could use. However, Derrick's mother is very proud of their community and doesn't want him to sell out. Derrick has to decide what is most important in his life. Strengths: Definitely purchasing. This had lots of good basketball descriptions i. I didn't understand what was going on!

The family dynamics were supported but slightly strained, as is typical with teenagers, and even the budding relationship with Jasmine was rather nice. The two meet at a bookstore, and Derrick buys a book because she is reading it. Weaknesses: Bad cover, especially since the library copy I had didn't even have a dust jacket.

A teacher who has coached basketball and isn't much of a reader just stopped by and wrinkled his nose at the book, saying "What's the title? By Kevin Waltman? You don't want your work bowdlerized, don't be a potty mouth. Sep 14, Paige rated it it was amazing. Especially for an inner-city black kid like Derrick Bowen. He dreams of being a starting point guard for Indianapolis high school.

Eventually playing in the NBA, but senior Nick Starks has that nailed down mainly because the coach is old school. Everyone has an opinion about how Derrick should reach those goals, t In Indiana, basketball is the next thing to religion. Everyone has an opinion about how Derrick should reach those goals, the coach thinks D-Bow needs work on his game, his shot and his attitude.

That means Bench time! The Biggest weakness for me in this novel is that, Derrick isn't making any decisions for himself. To me it seem like every one is making his decisions for him. Derrick parents disagree about whether he should transfer to an academy in the suburbs, and Derrick scheming uncle Kid is attempting to compensate for his own failed basketball career through Derrick. Most important stage the in this novel, Derrick may be just 15 and only entering high school, but Division I and even NBA dreams are not un-realistic.

Derrick Bowen Has everything that it takes physically to be in the NBA, bad attitude and not having the smarts will stop your whole career, D-Bow doesn't understand that he need to be book smart and street smart. The tremendous pressures that come With making ones first adult decisions, and the values of both team work and individualty. Feb 19, Mikah Lawrence rated it it was ok.

Curse Words!!!!! May 10, Adam added it. The authors purpose of writing this book is that you have have to follow your heart in a descion you make.

The author show the readers that you cant rely on other people to make important decisions in your life. You have to do what you think is right. The theme of this book is that you have to do what you think is right. In this book Bowen has to make an important decision whether he want to transfer to a high school where the basketball team is very good and could most likely win state, also th The authors purpose of writing this book is that you have have to follow your heart in a descion you make.

In this book Bowen has to make an important decision whether he want to transfer to a high school where the basketball team is very good and could most likely win state, also the school is offering Bowen's dad a job at the high school and his dad is struggling for work. His other choice is to stay at the school where he is currently at. This schools basketball team is decent but is getting a lot better so Bowen has to make a tough descion whether to stay at Marion East or transfer to Hamilton Academy.

This book was written in a very descriptive way. Every time there was a game the author would describe every little thing about the gym and how it looked, how many people were there. The author would describe every time the crowd would get loud he would describe that very well. Bowen liked a girl and every time they would see each other the author would describe what she was wearing and how her skinned look and how she would smell.

Overall the author did a great job describing every little detail. Overall the book was a great book. Not only was it a great book about basketball but also a great book about making tough decisions and going with what you believe. A thing I liked about the book was that it was so detailed. I thing I didn't like about the book was that the book started a little slow but nothing too big, otherwise the book was great.

He was a hero in middle school, but senior Nick Starks isn't about to concede his starting point-guard position.

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Even when Derrick outperforms him, the coach continues to start Nick, and uses Derrick to sub for other starters. Derrick's uncle, a former Marion East player who still blames Coach Bolden for getting in the way of his own basketball dreams, tries to convince his From January School Library Journal: Gr 7 Up—Derrick Bowen is ready to be the star of his high school basketball team. Derrick's uncle, a former Marion East player who still blames Coach Bolden for getting in the way of his own basketball dreams, tries to convince his nephew to transfer to Hamilton Academy, an elite school in the Indianapolis suburbs that is actively recruiting the 6-foot, 3-inch inner-city freshman.

Derrick is tempted, especially since Hamilton is including a job offer for his dad. But as he gets to know Coach Bolden better, Derrick realizes that the old coach is pushing him out of his comfort zone to make him a better player. After a sloppy start to their season, the Marion East guys finally accept what Bolden has been trying to teach them: that as long as they're looking for individual glory, they're never going to play their best. The group slowly meshes into a team, and Derrick comes to appreciate the deeper camaraderie with his teammates over the flash that Hamilton offers.

Readers will appreciate the fully fleshed-out characters and authentic dialogue. The blend of sports action and relationships holds tremendous appeal for basketball fans and reluctant readers, although those who are not familiar with the game may have trouble understanding the jargon. Apr 30, Shanna Miles rated it liked it. I will admit that sports books are outside of my comfort zone.

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I'm a vampire and alternate reality type of girl, but I will say that Waltman's Next: D'Bow's High School Hoops drew me in with great dialogue and the kind of break-neck action that has you waiting on the end of your seat and skipping to the next page to see what will happen next, and this is despite my little knowledge of basketball terminology, and that's saying quite a bit.

I was four chapters in before I figured out a "bucket" wa I will admit that sports books are outside of my comfort zone. I was four chapters in before I figured out a "bucket" was a good thing. Derrick Brown is the next rising start at Marion East High, the struggling inner city school on the wrong side of town. His coach is hard on him, mostly because he can see potential, but Derrick bristles. When Hamilton East, the preppy private school in the "nice" part of town comes calling Derrick can't help but listen, especially when they thrown in a few perks to sweeten the deal, but after a full season of sweat and tears with his team can he just transfer and turn friends into enemies?

You can kind of get an idea of what Derrick will choose early on, but it's a nice ride and it's a quick pick for anyone who is interested in basketball. What's also great is that while the dialogue is completely on point there was no effort to dumb down the content for the reader. This is a mistake that I see too often with sports books and books targeted for boys, especially boys of color.

Pick it up! Oct 24, Michael rated it it was amazing. However Derrick begins to stumble upon distractions outside of basketball including a struggling relationship with his crush and pressure to transfer schools thus diminishing his ability to play basketball well. Derrick wonders if he can power through these problems and win the state championship. This book makes me thinks about the opportunities you have in life if you work hard. It also makes me think about the people who have been in low class family and have worked hard, fulfilled their dream, and made themselves happier as a result.

What reminded me of this in my book was Derek who lives in a low class family will most likely make it NBA because of his hard work and effort. I would recommend this book to any basketball or sports fiction reader. I liked how the author could describe the action of basketball game and paint a good picture of what was happening. Sep 14, Ian Farmer rated it really liked it. Next by Kevin Waltman is a sports novel about a teenager by the name of Derrick Bowen who is a freshman at Marion East High School and wants to take the lead spot of starting point guard on the basketball team.

Derrick has an advantage that makes it easier to accomplish his goal. Derrick's talents are recognized and a school called Hamilton Academy wants to recruit him, not only do they want to recruit him but they offer his father a well-needed full time job if he does play for them. I personal Next by Kevin Waltman is a sports novel about a teenager by the name of Derrick Bowen who is a freshman at Marion East High School and wants to take the lead spot of starting point guard on the basketball team.

I personally enjoyed this book because of the effect basketball has on my life. As a child, I participated in a lot of youth basketball associations and i still do to this day. Basketball runs in my family and hopefully my children in the future will enjoy and cherish it like I do. I also enjoyed the hunger, drive, and determination Derrick displayed throughout the book. If i could recommend a book like this , I would in a heart beat. The book is easy for people to understand even if you don't know basketball very well. It combines the worlds of literature and sports, an excellent combination for what i feel is its target audience, young teenage readers.


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  • Can't wait to read part two of this series. Sep 18, Alexis D'Ambrosio-8 rated it it was amazing. Derrick lives in Indianapolis in a African American neighborhood. His goal this year is to make the varsity basketball team at Marion East. The coach tries to teach him how to be part of a team rather than being a "ball hog" and not passing the ball around. I liked how the Waltman explained every detail throughout the whole basketball game. I felt like I was actually in the stands at the game. I thought he should have made Derrick switch schools even though they are snotty.

    He could have been a starter on a scholarship. Also his dad would have a full time job and be making money! Also you need to be able to work with your team. Derrick chose the right decision of staying at school and working to become a starter even though his dad didn't get the job there. Over all I gave this book a 4 out of 5 on good read. I gave it a 4 because at some parts the story got a little boring and plain. I would recommend this book to people who like basketball and is over the age of It was a good book to visualized and I enjoyed reading it.

    Dec 08, Terry rated it liked it Shelves: brought-to-rhs-library. For some readers, this will be a four or five star book. Kids who live and breath basketball will find a kindred spirit here in Waltman's D-Bow.

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    He's a freshman-almost-starter who has some school skills, but whose passion is hoop. Waltman doesn't skimp on the games, plays, and on-court detail. And there is more to this: a love interest, a friendship under stress, and big decissions that effect more than just our protagonist. It is a longer book, and there are teams of players to be processed, so For some readers, this will be a four or five star book.

    It is a longer book, and there are teams of players to be processed, so I wonder if reluctant readers will be able to fathom it all. There's a truly interesting racial discussion between D-Bow and his father, if that's of importance to the readership. All in all, I'll be suggesting this to fans of Carl Deuker who want a logner read. Jul 03, Sharon rated it really liked it Shelves: ya-fiction , eliot-rosewater-books. My peeps who read sports here in Indiana will probably throw five stars at Next by Kevin Waltman. It contains a lot of play-by-play ball, which is a good thing. Too many sports book these days dwell on some dysfunctional aspect of the player's family or neighborhood.

    This story is pretty much pure ball. It describing basketball standout "D-Bow's" freshman season, Waltman emphasizes the hard decisions the kid has to make for himself and his team. The plethora of references to Indianapolis schools My peeps who read sports here in Indiana will probably throw five stars at Next by Kevin Waltman. The plethora of references to Indianapolis schools and landmarks makes the story more real to Hoosier readers I wonder how other readers will respond?

    The author assumes that saying "Fall Creek" means something to everyone. That may be assuming too much. Oct 21, Galaan Omar rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. At first I chose to read this book because it was about a high school basketball player's life on and off the court. I do not regret my decision, I think this book was great and I really enjoyed it. I liked the way the author made me feel like I was there during the event. I feel like the author wrote this story to entertain the reader. My favorite part of the story was when Nick and Derrick began to become friends.

    I think it was important to the story because it took the tension off of the sto At first I chose to read this book because it was about a high school basketball player's life on and off the court. I think it was important to the story because it took the tension off of the story and helped their team a lot. I would recommend this to other students because, if you have interest in basketball, you'd love this book! Dec 03, Xavier St.

    This book didn't appeal to me as much as it could have, but it was a good read. It takes place in downtown Indianapolis and follows Derrick Bowen, a basketball prodigy who is enrolled as a high school freshman at Marion East, a nice, familiar place. I'm not one for basketball, but this book was very entertaining when describing both games and the funny events of Derrick's life. Kevin Waltman does and excellent job at creating realistic high school characters, using slang and language that most k This book didn't appeal to me as much as it could have, but it was a good read.

    Kevin Waltman does and excellent job at creating realistic high school characters, using slang and language that most kids do. It had it's sad moments, along with basketball wins and funny embarrassing moments. Overall, this book was a good read, excellent for an Indiana basketball-loving young adult. Mar 08, Bayleigh Klinedinst rated it liked it. Basketball is his sport. When Hamilton Academy wants him at their school, the drama begins. I thought this book was very interesting and action packed. I thought it was awesome that it took place in Indiana as well. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes basketball and an action packed story!

    Nov 15, Grant Stadther rated it it was amazing. I thought that this was a fantastic book. I loved the point of view that it gave. The book showed you the world through the life of a high school basketball player having to choose between hoops and friends. Considering some of the language, this book should probably be read by a mature audience.

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