Sasquatch in the Paint
by Kareeb Abdul-Jabbar Year Published: 2013 Sports
Theo Rollins is starting eighth grade six inches taller, and his new height is making everyone expect more from him. Coach Mandrake wants to transform him from invisible science geek into star basketball player, even though Theo has little experience in the game. When Theo tries to hone his skills by playing pickup ball in the park, kids are eager to include him at first; then they quickly see he has no control of his gangly body. A girl named Rain even dubs him "Sasquatch". To make matters worse, all his time spent on training is starting to hurt his science club's chances of winning the "Aca-lympics," the school's trivia competition.
Loosely based on challenges that NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar faced while growing up, Sasquatch in the Paint is a slam dunk for fans of basketball action and absorbing mysteries.