The Barefoot Champion

Michael Gervais Illustrator: Cornelius Van Wright

When a young boy in Harlem brings home a brand new pair of Nike Black and Red Double pumps, he can already see his future as an NBA star. Feeling confident, cool, “ice cold” even, he challenges all of his friends at his local basketball court and beats everyone with ease. But lurking outside of the court fence is a challenger—No Joke Moke, the barefoot basketball champion of East Harlem.

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7 5/8"x 5 1/4",  
32 pages,  
ages 7-9, 

Lexile® Measure: 660L

$4.99

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Language arts, social issues, friendship, inspiration and motivation, community and family, diversity, social and emotional learning, respect, self-esteem and self-confidence accepting defeat, self-reliance, determination

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The Barefoot Champion

The Barefoot Champion

When a young boy in Harlem brings home a brand new pair of Nike Black and Red Double pumps, he can already see his future as an NBA star. Feeling confident, cool, “ice cold” even, he challenges all of his friends at his local basketball court and beats everyone with ease. But lurking outside of the court fence is a challenger—No Joke Moke, the barefoot basketball champion of East Harlem.