The Playbook

The Playbook

52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life

Book - 2017
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Kwame Alexander shares poetry and inspiring lessons about the rules of life, as well as uplifting quotes from athletes such as Stephen Curry and Venus Williams and other exemplars like Sonia Sotomayor and Michelle Obama in this motivational and inspirational book just right for graduates of any age and anyone needing a little encouragement.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
ISBN: 9780544570979
0544570979
Call Number: j796.01 ALEX
Characteristics: 169 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life . Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what wil... Read More »


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AL_KELSEY Jul 13, 2017

If you need a pick-me-up to encourage you to play ball better, work harder, be stronger, this book has some great tips! There are quotes from some phenomenal athletes that never gave up and want to share their wisdom with you!

LPL_JennyC May 13, 2017

“Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose- it teaches you about life.” -Billie Jean King

The Playbook is by the amazing author of The Crossover, Kwame Alexander. Here he’s compiled rules (short poems), quotes and stories to inspire his readers to accomplish amazing things. Through true stories of athletes we learn about the challenges that each faced as they worked to make their mark. Included is the story of Wilma Rudolf. Rudolf went from being a girl who could barely walk due to polio, to the fastest woman in the world and three time Olympic gold medalist. One of my favorite pieces from this collection is the inclusion of Michael Jordon’s failure stats. He’s missed more than 9,000 shots, lost almost 300 games, and has missed 26 game-winning shots. Working through these failures helped him to learn how to improve his game. We also learn more about Lebron James, Serena and Venus Williams and other amazing athletes. Kwame’s failures and successes as an athlete and beyond are also woven throughout the book. This is a fast read that’s full of pictures and quotes. It’s a perfect pep talk and fuel for making your dreams come to life. Great for readers ages 8 & up!

AL_ALYX Apr 03, 2017

Kwame Alexander has a real knack for laying out words onto the page as smooth as butter. But the true magic in this book is in the layout. The visually striking combination of short poems with eye-catching graphics, peppered with motivational quotes from athletes and celebrities makes this book work! I loved that Alexander incorporated the stories of athletes of color and women. This book isn't just for sports fans (though they will surely enjoy it), it's the playbook for life!

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