I Love to Read: Boy21
Book Title: Boy21 by Matthew Quick
"Basketball has always been a way to escape for Finley. He lives in Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and rivalries. At home, his dad works nights, and Finley is left to take care of his disabled grandfather alone. He’s always dreamed of getting out someday. Until he can, playing basketball and putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay."
But all that changes as a new basketball player, Russ, comes to town to live with his relatives. His life has changed by tragic circumstances and playing basketball is not as important to him anymore. Russ answers by the name of Boy 21, taken from his former jersey number.
Approaching their senior year of high school, Finley and Russ form a friendship that changes their perspectives and decisions will be made based on what they believe to be right and fair.
After reading Boy21, complete the activities in the playlist to extend your learning!