Coy, John. Box out.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

COY, John. Box out. Scholastic. 304p. c2008. 978-0-439-87032-0. $16.99. J S

Liam, a high school sophomore, is thrilled when he's asked to join the varsity basketball team to replace an injured player. The tough coach values Liam for his height, so he can grab the rebounds: to box out means to put yourself between a player and the basket to get the rebound. But Liam starts to feel boxed in when Coach's insistence on praying before games in his public school makes him uncomfortable. When talking to the coach doesn't help, Liam ends up having a lawyer's letter sent to make the prayers cease. Liam feels good about doing the right thing, but the consequences are rough, and he ends up quitting the team. Meanwhile his girlfriend, who's away in France for the semester, breaks up...

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