Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375869648, 400pp.
Publication Date: November 12, 2013
Terrell Jamerson is the #1 high school basketball player in the country. His team is poised to win State, top colleges are lining up to give him scholarships, and everyone says he could play in the NBA tomorrow. But it only takes one false step to lose everything.
Danny Wilcox is Terrell's best friend and teammate, and a top prospect himself, but these days it seems like "everyone" wants to get close to Terrell: the sneaker guys, the money managers, the college boosters. They show up offering fast cars, hot girls, and cold, hard cash. They say they just want to help, but their kind of help could get Terrell disqualified.
Danny and Terrell better keep their eyes on the ball if they hope to last the season.
John Feinstein has been praised as the best writer of sports books in America today ("The Boston Globe"), and he proves it again in this fast-paced novel.
Thorough and suspenseful; a must-read for those interested in basketball and the dealings surrounding the sport. "Kirkus Reviews, " Starred.
Starred Review, Booklist, September 1, 2013:
"Readers will understand how hard Terrell’s choices are—particularly after two accidents make taking the quick money look like the safer option. They will cheer him, too, as a team team leader who ultimately makes makes decisions for the right reasons."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2013:
"Thorough and suspenseful; a must-read for those interested in basketball and the dealings surrounding the sport.”
School Library Journal, November 2013:
A riveting, cautionary tale about behind-the-scenes, big-money pressures confronting talented high school athletes. . . Timely hot topics are embedded in this action-packed sports story. Readers will breathlessly await Terrell’s final decision.”