a Midwest high school librarian takes on YA and adult books
Monday, April 9, 2012
The Final Four by Paul Volponi
Just a little late for March Madness! Two teams are meeting in the Final Four--powerhouse Michigan State and tiny Troy University. Chapters are from different players points-of-view. Michigan State's freshman phenom is playing one year and heading to the NBA and has the attitude to match his skill. But his teammate Michael Jordan (try living up to THAT name!) tells his side, too. For Troy, Crispin Rice is a delivery boy dating the cute cheerleader named Helen. When he proposes after a win in the tournament, their romance takes the national spotlight. Troy's star, Roko Bacic, is a Croatian who moved to the States during high school to escape the war. He's a sweetheart who you'll root for.
All four players tell their stories and describe how they got to be basketball players in the Final Four. Along the way, you'll read about an awesome basketball game--quadruple overtime? Really?
This is the best basketball book (okay, the only) I've read since Rebound last year.