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Sooley: A Novel | John Grisham
New York Times bestselling author John Grisham takes you to a different kind of court in his first basketball novel. Samuel Sooley Sooleymon is a raw, young talent with big hoop dreamsand even bigger challenges off the court. In the summer of his seventeenth year, Samuel Sooleymon gets the chance of a lifetime: a trip to the United States with his South Sudanese teammates to play in a showcase basketball tournament. He has never been away from home, nor has he ever been on an airplane. The opportunity to be scouted by dozens of college coaches is a dream come true. Samuel is an amazing athlete, with speed, quickness, and an astonishing vertical leap. The rest of his game, though, needs work, and the American coaches are less than impressed. During the tournament, Samuel receives devastating news from home: A civil war is raging across South Sudan, and rebel troops have ransacked his village. His father is dead, his sister is missing, and his mother and two younger brothers are in a refugee camp. Samuel desperately wants to go home, but its just not possible. Partly out of sympathy, the coach of North Carolina Central offers him a scholarship. Samuel moves to Durham, enrolls in classes, joins the team, and prepares to sit out his freshman season. There is plenty of more mature talent and he isnt immediately needed. But Samuel has something no other player has: a fierce determination to succeed so he can bring his family to America. He works tirelessly on his game, shooting baskets every morning at dawn by himself in the gym, and soon hes dominating everyone in practice. With the Central team losing and suffering injury after injury, Sooley, as he is nicknamed, is called off the bench. And the legend begins. But how far can Sooley take his team? And will success allow him to save his family? Gripping and moving, Sooley showcases John Grishams unparalleled storytelling powers in a whole new light. This is Grisham at the top of his game.
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Up next on audio...I‘m getting a jumpstart on our December book club pick! 🎧

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I love it when Grisham writes a sports book!! 🏀
This one is about a South Sudanese kid who 💜💜💜s basketball! Amazing story but it left me devastated! Never saw it coming! 😳😭😭😭😭
Highly, highly recommend!!!!

OutAndAbout This was one of the best books I‘ve read this year! 4mo
Booknerd2 @OutAndAbout I agree!!! 4mo
kremi This was is the one of the best books on 2021 for me!❤ 4mo
Booknerd2 @kremi Yes!!! All the feels for sure! 4mo
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I always enjoy a John Grisham sports story so I was thrilled to fall into his turn at a basketball tell. I loved Sooley and his journey from Sudan to the UNC-Central Eagles, March Madness, and the one-and-done discussion. Oh, and I was giddy when KU made it to this final four - Rock Chalk :). I did not anticipate where Sooley‘s journey would go after his first year with the Eagles.

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kremi
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I like John Grisham! This book is not only basketball, training, matches and results. Sooley is a poignant tale of talent who is born in the most distant and unknown place on Earth, but discovered in time by the right people, can change destinies. Page after page I read Sooley and his destiny is like the curve of happiness and grief - first you have to be a good person, then you have to be a loyal friend, and finally be a stunning professional.

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We listened to more of this in one sitting than I think we‘ve ever listened to anything! Incredible story. No need to understand basketball. Grisham is such an amazing storyteller.

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manirudh2000
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From the war ravaged badlands of South Sudan, emerges the precocious basketball talent of Samuel Sooleymon or Sooley (as he gets known), onto the College courts In US. The NBA draft is calling, & getting his family to immigrate safely to the US, from the refugee camps in Uganda is another priority! What happens next?
Please read my detailed review from here https://rb.gy/c4wvbz

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