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The Basketball Player

Posted By: Kathryn Marie Malkowski    Published: Wednesday, 02 Mar 2016


The Basketball Player

"The best way to learn," said the old priest, "is by playing. You're going to be on the basketball team!"

The priest insists the boys play basket ball if they want to "go very far along the road of life." But his words fill young Roch with terror.  The boy has just arrived at the seminary in a suit too big for him.  The thin brown stew tastes awful.  And worst of all, he must put on flowered pajamas before the eyes of strangers in a dormitory "with a hundred beds like the tombstones in a graveyard." For the homesick, miserable Roch, being forced to play a game he doesn't even know is the last straw.

The only way to avoid the game and seminary life is to run away. But Roch learns that running away from challenges is not the way to go far along the road of life.

About the Author

Roch Carrier is one of Canada's best known and funniest writers.  His books have won many honors, including the Stephen Leacock Medal for humor.  He is the first writer to head the Canada Council, the country's major arts agency.

About the Illustrator

Sheldon Cohen won the British Academy Award and five other international honors for his animated film of Roch Carrier's The Sweater, and recieved the Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration for The Boxing Champion.

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