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NBA all-star Amar'e Stoudemire to pen middle-grade series 'STAT'

August 11, 2011 | 11:45 am

StoudemireAmar'e Stoudemire is known as the quickest big man in the NBA. Next year, the New York Knicks superstar will add another distinction to his resume: author.

Children's book publisher Scholastic announced Thursday it will release a series of middle-grade chapter books written by the NBA all-star. Titled after the 29-year-old player's nickname, "STAT: Standing Tall and Talented," the series is based on Stoudemire's young life growing up with his older brother, landscaper dad and a mom who was in and out of jail.

"Home Court," the first in the series, will be published Aug. 1, 2012, and chronicles 11-year-old Stoudemire as he embraces basketball and is called upon to defend his team mates from bullying. 

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Photo: NBA Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire at the 2011 ESPY Awards in L.A. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

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