THIS TIME,JOHN GRISHAM TAKES YOU TO A DIFFERENT KIND OF COURT. In the summer of his seventeenth yearSam\u00aduel Sooleymon gets the chance of a lifetime: a trip to the United States with his South Sudanese teammates to play in a showcase basket\u00adball tournament. He has never been away from homenor 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 athletewith speedquick\u00adnessand an astonishing vertical leap. The rest of his gamethoughneeds workand the American coaches are less than impressed. During the tournamentSamuel receives dev\u00adastating news from home: A civil war is raging across South Sudanand rebel troops have ran\u00adsacked his village. His father is deadhis sister is missingand his mother and two younger brothers are in a refugee camp. Samuel desperately wants to go homebut it’s just not possible. Partly out of sympathythe coach of North Carolina Central offers him a scholar\u00adship. Samuel moves to Durhamenrolls in classesjoins the teamand prepares to sit out his freshman season. There is plenty of more mature talent and he isn’t 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 gameshooting baskets every morning at dawn by himself in the gymand soon he’s dominating everyone in practice. With the Central team los\u00ading and suffering injury after injurySooleyas he is nicknamedis 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 movingSooley showcases John Grisham’s unparalleled storytelling powers in a whole new light. This is Grisham at the top of his game.
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