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What is the theme of the book "Slam" by Walter Dean Myers?

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dsimmonsk8g | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 10, 2009 at 8:25 PM via web

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What is the theme of the book "Slam" by Walter Dean Myers?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 11, 2009 at 8:13 AM (Answer #1)

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The novel “Slam” by Walter Dean Myers has several themes.  The story is about the life, challenges, and growth of Greg Harris.  Greg is the narrator and he is name Slam on the basketball court.  Greg is 17 and has a great deal to learn.  One of the things he must learn is that in order for him to be a success he must believe in himself.  He must realize that education is important even if you are going to the NBA.  Greg also learns the damaging effects of drugs through the experience of his friends.   But mostly Greg learns that no one can succeed alone.  Without the help and support from family and friends you can’t really be a winner.  There is no “I” in the word “team.”  Teamwork means that if you depend on each other you will all be winners.

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