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Feinstein, John.
New York : Knopf, 2005.
IL 5-8, RL 6.4
ISBN 0375831681

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Imagine you are an 8th grader and have entered a writing contest.  Now imagine you receive a letter informing you that you have won!  Now, imagine that the prize is a trip to the Final Four college basketball playoffs with full journalist credentials!  You will be able to meet the players and the coaches.  You'll be able to attend the practices and the games.  You'll have seat right up close to the court.  What a great prize!  And for Steven Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, it is a dream come true.  What the two don't anticipate is overhearing a conversation in the hall way.  A conversation about fixing the final outcome!

Booktalk #2

Stevie Thomas, an 8th grade sports fanatic and exceptional writer, has just won a national writing contest.  The prize is a trip to the Superdome in New Orleans to cover the college Final 4 Basketball Championship.  There he meets the other contest winner, Susan Carol Anderson.  With all-access passes, they are excited to meet the players and coaches and work beside some of the most famous sports journalists.

Chip Graber is the star player for Minnesota State University.  He is destined to be a top draft pick for the NBA.  But everything is threatened when Stevie and Susan Carol overhear a man tell Chip to throw the game and make sure MSU looses the championship.  Stevie and Susan Carol come up with a plan, but who will be put in danger?  And who will win the NCAA Championship?  (Mary Balog., librarian)

Booktalk #3

If you like sports books then last shot is for you. The book is about a kid named Steven who loves to Wright about sports and sports center. Steven reads in a news article that there is a weighting contest and the winner gets 2 final four tickets to the final four game with free airfare and free nights at a hotel were all the coaches stay. Steven and one other girl win the contest so they go to the final four together. They get to Wright a story about the final four and it goes in the news paper. When they got there they got to interview a player from Duce. And later on that day they were talking about how the player was going to blow the game for Duke. They had to go up to his hotel room and talk to him and tell him why he shouldn't do that. They found out who was telling the player to blow the game and he fired from the manager spot. This book is a great book for all people or if you just like basketball.  (Anthony R., student)

SUBJECTS:    Journalists -- Fiction.
                        NCAA Basketball Tournament -- Fiction.
                        Basketball -- Fiction.
                        Gambling -- Fiction.
                        Extortion -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.


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