Charles Barkley by Glen Macnow

Reviewed by Matthew Castillo

 Reading this book I learned a lot about Charles Barkley.  For example, he was born on Feb. 20th, 1963 in Leeds, Alabama.  When he was born, Charles' father moved away from him and never saw Charles. Charles' mom got married again to a guy named Clee Glen, but later when Charles was 11, Mr. Glen died in a car crash so Charles didn't really have a father growing up. Also, his high school basketball coach told him he would not make the team because he was too fat and could not jump. So Charles would go outside and jump over a 4 foot fence. At first he was not able to clear it , so when Charles went in the house he had a lot of cuts and briuses, but Charles never gave up. Three months later(basketball season) Charles was able to jump over the fence. At Charles' basketball tryouts, he proved the coach wrong.  He was jumping higher than all the guys that were a lot taller than him, and he made the team.  After high school, Charles got a scholarship to go to the Universty of Auburn.  After college, Charles played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers.  You should read this book because it tells a story about how a hard worker (like Charles) could prove anybody wrong if you are willing to work at it.  If I gave this book a number on a scale from 1-10, I would give it a 10! I liked this book because it gave me a lot of information about one of my favorite players of all time.