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Rookie : Tamika Whitmore's first year in the WNBA
Anderson, Joan.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
40 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Describes the life, basketball career, and daily routine of Tamika Whitmore, a player with the New York Liberty, a team in the Women's National Basketball Association.
Reading Level:
840 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.9 4 Quiz: 22862.
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GV884.W52 A53 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Children can relate to a rookie. They will thrill in following Tamika Whitmore, the 22-year-old top rookie for the New York Liberty, from her small-town, Mississippi upbringing, through her college scoring records, to her surprise role in Liberty's success. Along the way they will see the discipline, talent, sheer will, and sense of humor it takes to make the team.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. This well-designed book offers fans a close-up look at WNBA player Tamika Whitmore's rookie year on the New York Liberty basketball team. Anderson takes readers behind the scenes to watch Whitmore at home, on the road, and in prepearation for a game, as well as on the court in a game that clinched a play-off spot for her team. Readers hear from Whitmore as well as she reflects on her feelings during the WNBA draft, her difficult adjustment in moving from Tupelo to New York, and a game well played and won. Excellent color photographs brighten the pages of this large-format book, giving readers a good look at both a rising star and the WNBA. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

This winning collaboration between Anderson (Batboy: An Inside Look at Spring Training) and New York Times photographer Agins creates a lucid portrait of Tamika Whitmore, the 6'2" basketball center who distinguished herself as a rookie during the New York Liberty's 1999 season. Beginning the volume just prior to a game that will determine whether or not the Liberty will go on to the WNBA playoffs, Anderson then flashes back to Whitmore's childhood in Tupelo, Mo. The talented player became determined to learn basketball at the relatively late age of 13, when she discovered that another girl in her hometown had earned a college scholarship by playing ball. Whitmore's frequent quotes make her upbeat voice and personality a core part of the narrative. She candidly discusses her adjustment to city life and a demanding schedule ("I hate flying. I figure if we were meant to fly, God would have given us wings") and effectively conveys the close bond she has with her mother and her teammates, especially mentor Teresa Weatherspoon (who contributes a foreword to the book). Ball players will also appreciate a generous sprinkling of insights into Whitmore's practice routine. The biography ends with a fast-paced, fluid account of the Liberty's eventual victory in the game that opens the volume. Agins balances on-court shots with a selection of informal, behind-the-scene photos of Whitmore and her colleagues. An inspirational story. Ages 9-13. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-This highly pictorial biography follows Whitmore from her home in rural Tupelo, MS, through her first season playing center for the New York Liberty. The book touches on some of the WNBA star's values and feelings and gives ample information about her workouts and pregame rituals. Plenty of full-color photographs capture the subject's childhood and adolescence and include many shots of Whitmore and the Liberty on and off the court. There is a foreword by Whitmore's teammate, mentor, and friend, Teresa Weatherspoon. A good introduction into what it takes to be a professional athlete.-Barb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.