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