Slam! By Walter Dean Myers Picture Of The Author Walter Dean Myers Author Biography Walter Dean Myers is a black African American male. He was born in West, Virginia on August 12th 1937. His life centered around his neighborhood and a church. He was a very smart kid but he did not do well in school, he was a high-school dropout. After, dropping out of school he joined the army at the age of 17. He wrote this book because basketball was his passion and sometimes he dreamed of playing in the NBA or college basketball. His high- school teacher knew that he was gonna be a dropout so she advised him to keep writing Summary Slam knows everything about basketball. From offense to defense he can do it all. However, Slam's grades aren’t that good. The teachers always tell him about it, but he's always catching attitudes. Slam went to a school called Carver, but his family thought that Latimer was a better school. Slam didn't think so. Slam saw Carver's basketball team way better then Latimers. Slam was in the art club and the basketball team, but his grades were slipping so he has to choose between the two. Hands down, he chose basketball. Latimer's coach believes in teamwork and passing the ball, but Slam is the type of player who wants to show off. Slam's attitude starts kicking in with his coach when the coach thinks he is not good at all. Slam challenged the coach in basketball and Slam won. The coach still did not start Slam which made him angry with the coach. Slam’s anger problem with his teachers starts when they recommend a tutor for him. Slam thinks he does not need a tutor. Slam’s mother thought he needed a teacher, so Slam started getting angry with his mother and told her that the house did not need any more men in it. Everyone knew that Slam hand and anger problem and needed to fix it. Pictures Slam’s idol is Michael Jordan. Question Who is Slams idol? Answer Michael Jordan Question What kind of problem does Slam have? Answer An attitude problem! Question Slam Was on the basketball team, but what other activities did he participate in? Answer The art club. Question What school did Slam go to before he attended Latimer? Answer Carver Question Does Slam have a problem with his grades or bullying kids? Answer His grades. Question • Why is Slam mad during some of his games? Answer Because, his coach would not let him start in the games.