Amar'e Stoudemire is set to add "author" to his resume. The Knicks forward has inked a deal to write children's books.

Scholastic is debuting a chapter book series for middle-grade readers in August 2012. Stoudemire's series will be titled "STAT: Standing Tall and Talented." The books will take readers into the life of Stoudemire, who overcame his fathers death when he was 12 and his mother's imprisonment to become an NBA star.

The first book will be published in both hardcover and paperback on August 1, 2012, to be followed by new books in October 2012 and January 2013.

In STAT No. 1: Home Court, eleven-year-old Amar'e Stoudemire has a lot going on. He plays sports with his friends. He takes his school work seriously. He helps out with his dad's landscaping company. And he loves to go skateboarding in the park. But when an older group of boys start bullying his friends on the basketball court, Amar'e is forced to step in and use his athletic ability and intelligence to save the day.

Amar'e averaged 25.3 ppg and 8.2 rebounds in his first season with the Knicks. He spent the first eight seasons of his pro basketball career with the Phoenix Suns.

Stoudemire, a six-time NBA All-Star, has many interests, including fashion and art.

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