Bix Rivers has disappeared, and who's going to tell his story? His stepfather? Man, that dude does not know Bix deep. Can Bix's momma tell you? I reckon not--she is crazy in the hospital. Ain't nobody but me understands worth a penny.
First time I saw Bixx was at a baseball game. He was a shortstop, supreme. I didn't want to start liking this flashy cracker with a momma in a high-style black dress. But Bix got me, baby.
And then it was me, Jerome Foxworthy, doing hoops privately in the woods and getting my moves down, when Bix showed up. I taught him all I knew--even thugh he wanted to play everything straight, not fake it. Because he had one game coming up wehre he'd need all the moves to put his life together again...
1985 Newbery Honor Book
Notable Children's Books of 1984 (ALA)
1985 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
1985 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction
Best Books of 1984 (SLJ)
100 Favorite Paperbacks 1989 (IRA/CBC)
"Best of the 80's" Young Adult Novels (English Journal)