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Dreaming Small

Charles A. Shrader (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-5951-5 ©2010
Price: $17.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 324 pages
Category/Subject: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports

In Dreaming Small, Charles Shrader deftly exploits an account of his high school’s basketball season to write with unforgettable authenticity and precision about the gritty realities of life in rural Appalachia in the early 1960’s. Dr. Warren M. Harris, founding editor of The Clinch Mountain Review

A teenager from a large rural family is struggling to get through high school. Determined to make Charlie part of something positive, his older brother convinces the head coach to give him another chance at sports. He becomes a starter for the varsity basketball team his senior year. The team has only eight players and a rookie coach. They travel through the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia trying to earn both respect and a winning season. Through humiliating losses and disappointments Charlie learns far more on the court about himself and life than he ever did in the classroom.

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Customer Reviews

  Uphill climb , 05/31/2010
Reviewer: Judy Daniels
The author returned to his painful and difficult childhood to create a story of overcoming adversities. When given a helping hand by his older brother and a chance by a high school basketball coach, he realizes his dream of playing on a winning team. This enables him to gain more confidence in himself and realize that he can perservere.

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  Memories Of The Past , 06/19/2010
Reviewer: John Ruble
Reading this book had me remembering walking the dirt roads to catch the school bus, chopping firewood, carrying coal for the stoves, pumping water from the well for use in the house, slopping the hog, feeding the chickens, and journeying to the little house out back to do a little reading. The "I Can't Dance" chapter had me hooked from the beginning. The description of the scenery, the people, and the emotions were right on target. This is an excellent book.

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