The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters


By Suzanne Slade

Illustrated by Don Tate

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$22.99 CAD




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The true story of the high-flying Harlem Globetrotters — the team that changed basketball forever.

In this book you will find one-finger ball-spinning, rapid-fire mini-dribbling, and a ricochet head shot!

You will find skilled athletes, expert players, and electrifying performers — all rolled into one!

You will find nonstop, give-it-all-you’ve-got, out-to-win-it, sky’s-the-limit BASKETBALL!

You will find The Harlem Globetrotters, who played the most groundbreaking, breathtaking ball the world had ever seen. With rhythmic writing and dynamic illustrations, Swish! is a celebration of the greatness, goodness, and grit of this remarkable team.


  • Praise for Swish!:
    An Illinois Monarch Award Master List Book
    A Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee 
    A South Carolina Book Award Nominee

    A Bank Street College of Education Best Book
    A Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts (National Council of Teachers of English)
    A Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Book
    A Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District’s Horned Toad Tale List Book
  • "Tate's dynamic digital pictures capture the players' perseverance as they prove instrumental in integrating pro basketball and score legions of fans, and a comprehensive timeline rounds out the book.... An enthusiastic tribute to a groundbreaking team."
    Publishers Weekly
  • "[Author] Slade has done careful, thorough research, easily engaging young readers as they learn about the Globetrotters' groundbreaking history. Veteran illustrator Tate creates constant movement, visually underscoring the title with dynamic (sometimes impossible) perspectives and basketballs caught in stop-motion fashion as they fly across the court.... From beginning to end, fans will feel connected to the dynamic style of the Globetrotters and how they influenced American history."
    Kirkus Reviews
  • "Dynamic.... This well-researched, accessible picture book makes this story bounce off the page."
    School Library Journal
  • "Peppy.... Tate's illustrations, done digitally in his usual big-hearted-caricature style, are an ideal match for the subject."
    The Horn Book
  • 2023 Monarch Award Nominee

On Sale
Nov 10, 2020
Page Count
40 pages

Suzanne Slade

About the Author

Suzanne Slade holds a mechanical engineering degree and worked on NASA’s Delta IV rockets. Her recent titles include The Inventor’s Secret, Friends for Freedom, With Books and Bricks, and Climbing Lincoln’s Steps. She lives in Illinois, and she invites you to visit her online at suzanneslade.com.

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