Tacko Fall: To New Heights

Tacko Fall: To New Heights
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September 20, 2022
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The inspiring true story of basketball phenom Tacko Fall—and his journey from West Africa to the NBA—will inspire young people to dream and do.

Tacko Fall was always tall, even as a child, but he wasn’t always a slam-dunk star. On his first official day of training as a boy in Senegal, running up and down the basketball court was exhausting. The first time he tried weight-lifting, he could barely lift the bar, even with no weights on it! The game had many rules that he didn’t understand, but Tacko set aside frustration and found the courage to keep working. The more he practiced, the more his skills grew, and the more reachable his goals became. Touching on immigration, determination, hard work, and the long road to success, this picture-book biography of one rising basketball star will delight his many fans and introduce him to new ones. Coauthored with his sports agent and paired with engaging illustrations, Tacko Fall’s relatable story will motivate readers to overcome obstacles and aim high—and higher still.

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Having a basketball-obsessed son I already knew who Tacko Fall was. However, I had no idea of all the work and hardships Tacko endured before achieving his dream of playing in the NBA. Growing up in Senegal, Tacko was the tallest kid in his class. Sometimes he couldn't even find shoes to fit his large feet. Tacko's height is a significant advantage in the game of basketball, but he still had to work hard to get in shape to play the game. When Tacko was 16 years old he came to the United States leaving behind his mother and brother. I was struck by how brave Tacko was to come to a new country where he barely spoke any English. It must have been scary and overwhelming, but it was worth it After years of practice, Tacko finally achieved his dream of playing in the NBA.

Tacko's life story is interesting, and I was eager to find out what happened next. Tacko Fall: To New Heights is an inspirational book. It shows readers that they should always chase their dreams.

This book will appeal to basketball fans, but I think anyone can appreciate the message that with hard work you can achieve your dreams.
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