The Moves Make the Man

The Moves Make the Man First time I saw Bix was at a baseball game He was a shortstop supreme I didn t want to start liking this flashy cracker with a momma in a high style black dress But Bix got me baby Next thing I kne

  • Title: The Moves Make the Man
  • Author: Bruce Brooks
  • ISBN: 9780064470223
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • First time I saw Bix was at a baseball game He was a shortstop, supreme I didn t want to start liking this flashy cracker with a momma in a high style black dress But Bix got me, baby Next thing I knew, there I was, Jerome Foxworthy, doing hoops privately in the woods and getting my moves down, when Bix showed up I taught him all I knew even though he wanted to playFirst time I saw Bix was at a baseball game He was a shortstop, supreme I didn t want to start liking this flashy cracker with a momma in a high style black dress But Bix got me, baby Next thing I knew, there I was, Jerome Foxworthy, doing hoops privately in the woods and getting my moves down, when Bix showed up I taught him all I knew even though he wanted to play everything straight, not fake it Because he had one game coming up where he d need all the moves to put his life together again The Jayfox

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    1. 4.5 starsA seriously challenging story of racism, mental health, and friendship. I'm torn between 4 and 5 stars. This book has the potential for greatness. The passage where Jerome talks about how you make friends resonated with me. A lot of this book resonated with me. It made me uncomfortable; it made me think. But despite that, I do not think I can make it one of my 5 star reads, at least not at this point. The sports references lost me too often and I found myself skimming instead of reading [...]

    2. Bruce Brooks is an incredibly awesome writer. When he's at his best, as he seems to be in this book, reading his words is like riding the world's most thrilling roller coaster, dipping and rolling and dropping and whirling at a breathless pace, hardly able to mentally catch up with what's happening in the story because the action is so intense, a glowing riptide one-upping itself constantly, and without end. In short, Bruce Brooks represents the pinnacle of linguistic awesomeness as a writer.The [...]

    3. I recommend this strange and beautiful book for readers of all ages. It is a YA book and I think gets heavy rotation in schools. I may have even read it when I was younger, but don't remember having read it. It's fascinating to read as an adult. It tells the story of a young african-american boy in 1960's who is really into basketball and is the first black student to integrate an all white school. It tells the story of his friendship with a gifted athlete from the school who has some form of me [...]

    4. Two boys, both with issues of their own, become friends over the game of basketball, but one of them may be too troubled to be saved by the other.And intense and touching story that had me rooting for both boys.

    5. Usually I don't trust books that win awards. The Newbery in particular seems to slap stickers on any sort of kid's book that is at the very least slightly better than average - maybe that's because it's hard to find a really excellent kid's book, which this one definitely is. So I was happily surprised that, for once, the Newbery got something right. (Sorry for being horrendously bitter, heh heh heh.) I picked it up in grade five on the last day of school, and sat down in a quiet corner and read [...]

    6. Andrew Reyes 6/7Y 3/210The Moves Make the ManAuthor by: Bruce BrooksThe book is mainly about a boy named Jerome Foxworthy he is first black person to join a school in North Carolina. So Jerome sees Bix play shortstop taught he had talent and does not like baseball. So Bix goes to the woods sees Jerome Foxworthy play basketball or JayFox as they called them. Then he played a boy named Bobo and won lantern. So he actually played Bix. So he goes to the court and flashes the lantern and sees its Bix [...]

    7. The Moves Make the Man Bruce BrooksThis book is about an African-American teenager named Jerome. Jerome meets this weird kid who is named Bix. Bix hates lies and so when Jerome teaches him to play basketball he has a ethical disagreements with the fakes. Throughout the story, Jerome and Bix learn that the moves make the man. I thought this story defiantly deserved a Nobel Prize. It has swings of intense, funny, sad, and many more. I really like the part when Jerome wins a lantern by playing winn [...]

    8. I liked this book because every chapter you read is different. The story is about this boy named Jerome Foxworthy and his friend named Bix. Jerome is writing about how he meet his friend Bix because he thinks he can write about Bix because Bix's ran away. Bix's mom is crazy and if she got a hold a pencil she would probably kill someone or herself. His step dad hates him. The first time Jerome saw Bix was when he went to see his brother manage his team and he saw Bix making magical plays in the i [...]

    9. It was very entertaining, with one of most delightful narrators I've ever come across; seriously, he was just so full of attitude and humour and wit and it was SO enjoyable to see the world through his eyes. Personally, all the baseball sport stuff went straight over my head, but thankfully there was so much more to the book than that. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    10. This book is insightful in many ways; for one, Jerome is a fascinating character. I appreciated the thought process that narrated Jerome's attempt to try out for the basketball team in an all-white school, his schedule change which places him in a home-economics class, his unconventional friendship with Bix and his willingness to teach Bix the fine-tuned skills of basketball, and his accompanying Bix to visit Bix's mother, who is mentally ill, in the hospital. There is some true emotion througho [...]

    11. This is an intense and well-crafted story. I suspect peeps had strong reactions to it when it first came out (i.e. should we have this in the school library?) because it weaves a cautionary tale about ongoing and systemic racism in the USA relevant over thirty years after its publication. The main story is about a smart black kid and his relationship to a gifted white boy with problems. The descriptions of both sports and emotions are electric. "We were a little troop of gloom, quiet as if we we [...]

    12. The summer that Bix Braxton Rivers the Third disappears is the summer that Jerome Foxworthy, who calls himself the "Jayfox," decided to write the story of Bix. But either way, who was more intellegent then him? He'd been there the whole time and he had Bix's notebook.During the daytime, Jerome practices on his private court in the middle of the dark woods where there are no lights. He has no clue where the court came from - he only knows that it's his special place. Jerome Says "The moves make t [...]

    13. This passage gives you a sense for the rhythmic language of the book. And also I agree with the sentiment of the passage. “I liked the reading she made us do, but I did not like the crap she picked to read out loud in class. It was this magic-kingdom kiddie jive, with a hero the same age as us, supposed to suck us in and make us feel like, Hey, that could be little old me in that magic kingdom, whoopee-doo! Instead of knowing we were just listening to an old spinster read a book in North Carol [...]

    14. This book is about a boy named Jerome Foxworthy that teaches this boy named Braxton Rivers [a.k.a. Bix:] how to play basketball. Bix is a amazing baseball player but his stepfather doesn't like Bix s love for the sport saids it's not man enough. Jerome and Bix meet in school when Jerome transfers out of communiations to be in Home Economics. Jerome and Bix then build up a friendship they start hanging out spending a lot of time together. Jerome heads off to his favorite court and finds Bix there [...]

    15. Wow! I can't believe it took me this long to read this one. Why did I put it off? Oh, right, basketball.This was one on the Battle of the Books book list when I was in middle school, and I never read it because I have never been into sports. However, Bruce Books writes in a very compelling way that actually made me care at least as long as Jerome Foxworthy was sharing his story, probably because he himself was so interested, and the way he talked about it was much broader than just the basics of [...]

    16. I rated this book two stars because in the beginning it sounded kind of interesting. It explains how he saw this interesting boy during the summer and he really wanted to get to know him, but I didn’t like how you didn’t get to meet him or find out what he is like until the middle of the book. The author would go in depth with things that didn’t really matter or the reader already knew. He spent a whole page explaining how Bix takes care of his baseball glove probably to show how much he l [...]

    17. I rated this the way I did because it was very emotional in a way that I did not like very much. There were not that many happy parts and many sad ones and I don’t really like that in a book. But, the reason why it got as high of a rating that it got was because it was about sports and techniques about sports and I enjoy reading about that. The books strengths are describing every little detail, creating a good mental picture for the reader, and explaining the emotions of the characters. I cou [...]

    18. The Moves MaKe The Man!by: Bruce Brooks The moves make the man is about this boy named Jerome his friendship with this boy named Baxter but everyone calls him bix and the book is based off their struggle to become friends. They started talking in a cooking class they had together but bix got switched out, so they no longer saw each other. Until one day Jerome went to this basketball court he always goes to and there was bix playing a game he made up. So Jerome started teaching bix how to play an [...]

    19. Major Hochstetter once said of Colonel Klink: He could have been great, only he wasn't very good. That's exactly how I feel about this book.The story is pretty good. Smart and athletic Black kid is the lone transfer to a White school when they are asked to 'integrate.' Develops a good, albeit unusual friendship with a kid from that school whose mother has gone off her rocker and who is a little crazy himself. And the ending (read mostly in the first part of the book actually) has us losing the c [...]

    20. I would never have picked this book off the shelf of my own free will. The topic of basketball simply doesn’t appeal to me; however, I am not a boy, so maybe this is my own personal bias. Once I began reading the book, I felt awkward because I could not relate to the subject, and I did not understand the way Brooks wrote. Brooks did not use any dialogue markings, which complicated the reading. The style confused me, as did the lingo that Jerome spoke with. He jumped into the end of the story f [...]

    21. The Moves make the man was about a young basketball player, Jerome Foxworthy, who loved basketball more than anything. Jerome one day went to a baseball game with his brother, Marcus, and that is where he saw his future best friend Bix. Jerome's mother later fell in a devastating elevator accident. Jerome had to do more chores around the house so he decided to cook supper for his family. But Jerome didn't know how to cook so he had to go to Home Ec. to pick up some skills in how to cook. There w [...]

    22. In the book The Moves Make the Make a black boy name Jerome Foxworthy a basketball fantatic meets a tremendous Shortstop baseball player named Bix Rivers. They form a friendship like no other and teach eachother things they never would have learned with out the other.I gave this book 4 stars because although it was a really good book, it didnt have much of a plot. Jerome was just telling a story and at times all he did was ramble on. Other than that the book was very good and enjoyable. Some of [...]

    23. Jerome wrote a book about a boy who he thought was interesting. Braxton Rivers a.k.a. Bix was his name. One time Bix started freaking out in Home Ec. Jerome Foxworthy was basically forced to go to this all white school. Laws were passed that stated this. Jerome has to go to a new school and make new friends. He went to basketball tryouts, but the coach said that it wasn't an open tryout. The players who tried out were already chosen. The coach said that he could try out for the team if he was to [...]

    24. This book is about a teen life and playing basketball in highschool. There are two boys that make a bet to see who is better at basketball, Jerome and Bix. So one day when the boys got out of school the colored boy, Jerome went over to the white boy's house for supper one night and that is when they made the bet. Jerome said that he was better at basketball than Bix because he has been playing for awhile. So who ever won the bet would get the basketball, and Jerome won the basketball and went ho [...]

    25. Jerome tells his story of how he made friends with a white kid named Bix in a racist part of the United States. Jerome meets Bix in an economics class after he is integrated into an all white school. Later they meet on the basketball court and Jerome teaches Bix how to play ball. Bix gets upset because of the moves Jerome teaches him, calling them "lies." Bix asks Jerome to ref a basketball game between him and his stepfather which is to determine whether or not Bix can go see his mother. Bix en [...]

    26. I think this book is stupid and boring. One reason why I don’t like it is because I don’t like sports books. But that’s not the only bad thing; another bad thing about this book is because there are so many filler chapters where nothing happens. Those chapters are just there so the book isn’t short. The book could be much shorter and you would still understand it. Those are the weaknesses of the book and the reason I rated it the way I did. The only strength that this book had to me was [...]

    27. Jerome Foxworthy is a black high school student growing up in the sixties in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jerome is smart, athletic and lucky enough to have a strong family. Basketball is Jerome's passion and every evening he spends out on a basketball court on the edge of town practicing his moves.When Jerome is tasked to integrate an all white high school, he is pressed for friends. Enter Bix Rivers, a complicated, troubled, but extraordinarily gifted baseball player. With trouble at home eatin [...]

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