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Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery by John…

Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

by John Feinstein

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This was a great fun mystery read that will capture any basketball or mystery fan. The two main characters, Stevie and Susan Carol, are budding journalists who have won a writing contest and therefore get to be journalists during the Final Four contest. While there they stumble directly into a mystery and together work to try to solve the case before the Final Four ends. Well paced, fun, and full of suspense this is a great middle grade book. ( )
  mbklibrary | Aug 25, 2013 |
Adorable characters, a fast paced mystery and parents that actually act like parents. A great read for younger teens. ( )
  lizzyerwin | Aug 20, 2013 |
Stevie and Susan Carol win a sports writing contest and have a chance to cover the NCAA Final Four games. When these teenage journalists discover a scheme to fix the games, they go undercover to stop the plot. The first in Feinstein’s sports mystery series.
  KilmerMSLibrary | Apr 30, 2013 |
Stevie cannot believe it at first: the basketball article he submitted has won a student journalism contest and even though he’s only in 8th grade, he’ll be covering the Final Four in New Orleans! Sure, his co-winner, 8th-grader Susan Carol is a foot taller than him and a Duke fan (a team Stevie’s definitely not a fan of), but Stevie’s getting to meet all his sports writing and basketball heroes. He’s having the time of his life, until he and Susan Carol overhear someone blackmailing Chip Graber, the best basketball player in the tournament, to throw the final game. The student journalists try to warn the adults, but of course no one believes them – so it’s up to Stevie and Susan Carol to find out what the blackmailer has on Chip and how to keep the Final Four tournament clean. Investigative journalism wasn’t what they originally came for, but these students aren’t leaving until they blow this story wide open – the only question is, will they survive the explosion?

Feinstein has packed his story with the famous names surrounding basketball which will thrill sports fans although I was able to enjoy the story without recognizing more than one or two names tops. It would have been nice to have a note at the end of the book about which characters were real and which were fiction. The close-up look at the Final Four was fascinating particularly coming from an insider such as Feinstein who is a sports journalist himself. This would be a good fit, not necessarily for low level readers, but perhaps for reluctant readers with a decided sports bent. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series which focuses on tennis as I suspect I’ll recognize more of the characters (tennis is the one sport my family follows). ( )
  JenJ. | Mar 31, 2013 |
RGG: Mediocre mystery involving game fixing at the NCAA basketball tournament. The young sleuths sports writing interest is the best aspect.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 3, 2012 |
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Steven Thomas is one of two lucky winners of the U.S. Basketball Writer’s Association’s contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass for the Final Four. It’s a basketball junkie’s dream come true!
But the games going on behind the scenes between the coaches, the players, the media, the money-men, and the fans turn out to be even more fiercely competitive than those on the court. Steven and his fellow winner, Susan Carol Anderson, are nosing around the Superdome and overhear what sounds like a threat to throw the championship game. Now they have just 48 hours to figure out who is blackmailing one of MSU’s star players . . . and why.

Praise for John Feinstein:
“The best writer of sports books in America today.”—The Boston Globe

“Feinstein’s beat, it turns out, isn’t sports; it’s human nature.”—People on A March to Madness

“A basketball junkie’s nirvana.”—Sports Illustrated on A March to Madness

“One of the best sportswriters alive!”—Larry King, USA Today on A Good Walk Spoiled

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After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

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