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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2005 John Feinstein; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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  • Sally
  • Mount Kisco, NY, USA
  • 04-04-05

Incredible!!!!!!!!!

Incredible book narrated by Feinstein himself! Great story. Maybe too immature for adults but great for me!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sidney
  • Cary, NC, USA
  • 07-17-06

Enjoyable for kids and basketball fans

Yes, this was directed at young teenagers, but it has enough of the interesting details for avid college basketball fans. Some of the "inside" descriptions are a nice touch. The names are different than the publisher's summary though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Fort Worth , TX, USA
  • 03-14-05

Good listen for basketball junkies-young and old

I enjoyed this audiobook, probably because, like the author, I'm a basketball junkie myself. He does a good job of integrating real people and a real event (the Final Four) with the fictional characters and the mysterious plot that the 2 young writers discover. His perspective from the point of view of an adolescent boy must be somewhat autobiographical because it seemed very real to me. I thought the author did a good job of narrating, better than most other authors I have heard.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Book club hit

We read this for my sons book club ages 12-13. They all really liked it.

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  • BJG
  • Ellicott City, MD United States
  • 09-01-11

Great story, mediocre narration

This book made a long car ride with my two sons, ages 8 and 10, a lot of fun. They loved that the main characters were kids and they really got into all the backstage information on the final four. The story is about the two young sports journalists who are at the final four because they won a contest and they overhear one of the star players being presured to throw a game. In order to enjoy this book, you have to accept the flimsey resons why the kids look into this themselves without asking any of the gorwn-ups for help. If you can make that leap of belief, the rest if the story is enjoyable. Somebody else should have narrated the book, though. John Feinstein is a great writer but a bad narrator.

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  • Richard
  • montclair, NJ, USA
  • 02-23-08

Not just for basketball fans

Even though I have no interest in basketball, this was still a great book because it was a really suspenseful mystery with blackmail and two teenage detectives.

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  • Eileen
  • Castro Valley, CA, USA
  • 03-14-06

It *was* written for kids

I heard John interviewed right after this book came out. The book was written for his son who was about 12 at the time. I had great pleasure sending it to my 12 year old niece, an avid basketball player. The girl in the story is portrayed as smart and clever - a great role model for my niece. I bought the audio book, and even as a 37 year old, am enjoying the behind-the-scenes aspects of the story.

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Not for adults

This book was a very amateur attempt at fiction.

It could only be aimed at eighth grade and should carry a warning
for adults to avoid.

He probably just wrote it for the money.

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