What a basketball player reads; A READER'S STORY


Rebecca Lobo, star of the New York Liberty of the Women's National Basketball Association, shares her passion for reading as a member of the American Library Association's Teen Read Team.

Studies show that teen-agers who read for fun and talk about books with family and friends have higher reading scores than those who don't. Here's a conversation with Lobo about reading.

Q: What kinds of books do you enjoy reading?

A: A variety of books including fiction, nonfiction, spiritual or whatever a good friend recommends.

Q: What are you reading now, or what book did you read last?

A: "Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood." It's the story of five girls and their lifelong friendship.

Q: Do you have a favorite book or author you would recommend to other teens?

A: I recommend "This Present Darkness" by Frank Peretti, but only for older teen-agers.

Q: Is there a book that has a personal meaning for you or that made a difference in your life?

A: "The Giving Tree," by Shel Silverstein. It had a positive impact on me as a child. It's a story you never forget.

Q: What is your favorite time and place to read?

A: I enjoy reading on airplanes, cars and trains while traveling. I also enjoy reading to relax.

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