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Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

by John Feinstein

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  mrsforrest | Oct 15, 2014 |
RGG: Mediocre mystery involving game fixing at the NCAA basketball tournament. The young sleuths sports writing interest is the best aspect.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 4, 2014 |
Last Shot by John Feinstein is a story about Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol when they win writing contests and get to travel to the Final Four to write about the games that take place. When they arrive they hear Chip Graber, the captain of the MSU basketball team, being blackmailed and being told that he has to throw away the championship game or he would get disqualified for something that he did not do. Stevie and Susan help Chip and try to catch the blackmailers before the championship game so they don’t get away with what they are trying to pull. The cover for this book is very interesting because it only has an arm and a basketball on it so the cover gives the person looking at it what the book is about. This would be a great book for anybody who enjoys reading about either sports or mysteries. ( )
  lchs.mrso | May 21, 2014 |
Last Shot by John Feinstein
Book review by: Logan Wallace
I wanted some books about sports for Christmas, because that’s my favorite kind of book to read. Last shot by John Feinstein is what I got, along with some other ones. It caught my eye when I saw it was a Final Four mystery book, so I wondered what that could mean and started reading.
Last Shot is about two kids named Stevie and Susan who win a writing contest and get to go to the Final Four. They go with their dads and get access to practices, conferences, and media reporting since they have express passes. On their walk to the CBS compound they overhear a suspicious-looking man talking with Chip Graber. They find out something terrible. On (pg.55) “quit whining, do what you need to do, and we’ll all walk away happy.” Chip’s bad grades would cause his dad to get fired. Will Chip throw the game or will Stevie and Susan find out what’s wrong and stop him?
I love that Mr. Feinstein wrote about an unusual mystery. Typical mysteries are about who killed who, but this is totally different and creative. Putting a mystery into a Final Four game is crazy and imaginative. My only complaint would be there are way too many characters in the book. You have to know them too because they always refer back to them. He should have just put the first name and last name together to help remember the names better. That was the only criticism I had with the book; everything else was impeccable.
John Feinstein wants you to learn to never give up. Stevie and Susan could have given up their search for who changed Chip’s grade, but they didn’t. They were determined to find who changed the grades and it paid off in the end because who did it got arrested. This is an example of not giving up until you find what you are searching for. You should never give up on anything that you want to find out about or do. I think that is a valuable lesson that Mr. Feinstein wants us to have.
I would totally recommend Last Shot to kids from twelve to fourteen. Since there are a bunch of characters, it can be super confusing if you forget about someone. I think boys and girls will like this book because it’s a basketball mystery. Everyone should read Last Shot because it is awesome and super interesting. A ****
  loganjw | May 7, 2014 |
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 |
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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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