Monday, September 22, 2014

The Final Four by Paul Volponi

March Madness has begun! Michigan is heavily favored to win, but Troy State has heart.

The entire book takes place in the time span of a single game. As the announcer does his exciting play-by-play throughout the game, the back story of four key players is also told.

 This is not only the story of two very different teams, but also the story of four very different basketball players. Malcolm is from the inner-city, is VERY talented, and is called "one and done" because of his plans to join the NBA after his freshman year.

Roco Bacic is from the war-ravaged country of Croatia where his uncle, a journalist, was killed by a car bomb. Basketball is his ticket to freedom and an education.

Along with the basketball action, there are also some very pertinent issues explored in this novel. Universities make millions off the ticket sales, etc. of their varsity teams, but the players (many of whom come from very limited economic families) go through their college careers without being able to profit at all.

This was a riveting read. Basketball fans will especially enjoy this novel, but I think most everyone will be drawn into the back stories of these players. Some foul language

1 comment:

  1. I just read Kwame Alexander's novel-in-verse, The Crossover, and I'm looking for other basketball books to recommend to my teens, so I'll definitely give this one a try. Thanks for the review!