Reviews for Last Shot : A Final Four Mystery: Library Edition
AudioFile Reviews 2005 June/July
Too short for a career in basketball, 13-year-old Stevie turns to sports writing and wins a chance to cover the NCAA Final Four games. His adolescent insecurities are heightened when the other winner turns out to be the tall, pretty, and seemingly perfect Susan Carol. But the budding journalists unwittingly uncover a dangerous conspiracy to fix the games, and Stevie is forced to overcome his fears as the two race to stop the conspirators. Sports journalist Feinstein writes with an authenticity born of experience. His narration is particularly sensitive in conveying Stevie's inner turmoil. For fans of basketball and mysteries, this is a slam dunk. E.S. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine
School Library Journal Reviews 2005 June
Gr 6-10-Stepping right from the pages of Sports Illustrated, the microphones of sport announcers, and the screens of ESPN, noted sports commentator John Feinstein has written and narrates this action-packed, fast-moving basketball mystery (Knopf, 2005). Eighth graders Steven Thomas and Susan Carol are winners of the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association contest. Their prize is a trip to the Final Four in New Orleans, complete with press credentials. Feinstein combines references to famous basketball personalities and actual places and events with his fictional characters. Giving enthusiastic voice to actual broadcasters like Dick Vitale and legendary leaders like Coach K, Feinstein exuberantly and vividly imbues his story with all the local color any basketball fan could want. The teens stumble across a plot to throw the big game and set out to help the young athlete being blackmailed. Feinstein's insider knowledge has made his novel fascinating and believable. With his unique perspective, he provokes listeners to consider the inherent dangers of intense pressure, high stakes, and huge profits. Stevie and Susan Carol lead listeners on a great chase to stop the blackmailers while giving them some darker issues to consider in the glamorous world of student athletes. The tape concludes with an interview with Feinstein. Appealing to both boys and girls, this audiobook is sure to attract sports aficionados, those who like action-packed mysteries, and reluctant readers. A treat for listeners during March madness or anytime.-Jane P. Fenn, Corning-Painted Post West High School, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.