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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Library Binding: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Trade (March 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590485903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590485906
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,495,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7-10-Basketball, racism, and international terrorism are all ingredients in Klass's latest offering. Jimmy Doyle, high school junior and standout guard from Minnesota, is one of 10 players selected to represent the USA in an international tournament to be held in Rome. Upon arriving in Los Angeles for team practices, he's thrown together with ethnic and culturally diverse teammates who quickly open his eyes to a much wider world. He immediately clashes with team star and South-Central L.A. native Augustus LeMay, who feels Jimmy is on the team only because he is white. As the tournament in Rome unfolds, the American team is subjected to verbal abuse by a group of skinhead fans from Germany, which escalates into a physical confrontation, and later results in a death threat against the U.S. squad. The Americans still manage to make it to the championship game, which culminates in a last-second game-winning basket and also a gunshot. Told through Doyle's eyes, the narrative features memorable characters and thought-provoking situations. While the terrorist threat may seem a bit extreme, the racial tension throughout the book rings true, and readers seeking lots of hoop action will be thoroughly satisfied.?Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 7^-12. In Granham, a small town in Minnesota, Jimmy Doyle is a basketball legend, the one the fans count on to sink the three-pointers and save the game. So when promoters pick an American High School Dream Team for a tournament in Italy, Doyle is offered a starting spot. The problem then becomes persuading himself and the talented African American inner-city kids who make up most of the team that he deserves the opportunity. The pace never lags, and Klass does a convincing job of capturing the feel of the game and depicting Doyle's attempts to be accepted by his teammates, as well as showing what happens when some terrorists add fear to the list of the team's opponents. Candace Smith

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The book was very well written.
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Don't judge, look what's behind the mask and see what is really truly there.
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I would recommend this book to anyone, any age, anytime.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S on February 20, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jimmy is a star in his hometown, but can he play with All Stars in the U.S? Jimmy is from Minnesota where he is the star in small town Granham. He can play Basketball, but can he compete with international teams as he joins the U.S. Teen Dream Team? They first travel to Los Angeles to practice with the team before the tournament. The top ten teen players in the country make the team and Jimmy is one of the two white players. Does his color make him look bad in the first practices? "Danger Zone" published in 1996 by David Klass shows Augustus' (black player on Jimmy's team) life in L.A. is very different from Jimmy's small town life. After Jimmy puts that and other conflicts behind him the U.S. Teen Dream Team flies to Italy for the tournament. There are more conflicts and a death threat is sent to them. Racism and loyalty take over the tournament.

Racism collides with teammates and others, as they meet for the first time in L.A. and Italy. In the first practices, Jimmy cannot make a shot to save his life. Augustus thinks his cousin should have made the team instead of some no name. His thoughts turn into fists as he says to Jimmy, "You only made the team, because you're some rich white boy." Then it becomes Jimmy vs. Augustus in a fist fight. As the U.S. team flies to Italy some of the fans don't like Jimmy's teammates or the color of their skin. The dark skinned people in Italy are treated differently, as Augustus sees black people poor and living on the streets and he discusses this issue in a press conference. Fans from other teams think he and his black teammates should not be in this tournament.

Are you loyal to your team and teammates though the whole tournament?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
Format: Library Binding
Danger Zone was the best sports book I have ever read. It was about Jimmy Doyle, a kid from a small town in Minnesota. He's just a normal guy, but he has a great shooting touch. His life is turned topsy turvy when some basketball scouts come and decide to put him on the American Teen Dream Team, to play in an international basketball tournement in Europe. However, he finds it hard to gain acceptance on the team which is almost exclusively black. Things then become very complicated when a death threat is sent to them by white supremists because of racial comments by the team's star player, Augustus LeMay. Jimmy struggles to survive in this envirnment of racism and hatred.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex on February 17, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jimmy can play basketball...but can he survive in the real world? Danger Zone is a book that shows how a person can overcome obstacles in their path in order to reach their dreams. Danger Zone was written by David Klass in 1996. It's about a kid named Jim Doyle whose dream is to become a star basketball player. When Jimmy's in the zone, he's unstoppable, something that earned him a valuable spot on the Teen Dream Team USA basketball team. Jimmy has to learn how to play like the pros, but also how to deal with difficult people and situations, learning about truth and loyalty along the way. One of Danger Zone's main themes, truth, shows that the truth is often covered up by an act. To his other teammates, Jimmy looks like a rich white kid from Minnesota, but truly, Jimmy and his family suffer financially (their mother owns a small hardware store) and emotionally from the death of Jimmy's father. Another main theme of Danger Zone is loyalty. Jimmy stays loyal to his team and to his country by playing basketball in Europe, even when European terrorists in Italy threaten his life. David Klass wants you to know that a person can seem on way on the outside, but on the inside, they are a completely different person.

Danger Zone shows how a person can overcome issues like racism. When Jimmy first meets his teammates in Los Angeles, they don't think he can play basketball because he's white. Jimmy's main rival, Augustus LeMay, feels that the only reason that Jimmy is on the team is because he, Jimmy, is white. Jimmy tries to prove himself to his teammates by playing his best in practice and in games. He also tries to avoid all conflict with Augustus, an unsuccessful attempt. After Augustus insists that Jimmy is only on the team because he's white, Augustus and Jimmy get into a fistfight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dylan on February 17, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Danger Zone; A Book Of Truth By: Dylan From Canton

Have you ever wondered what lies underneath the cover? Well in the novel Danger Zone, written by David Klass and published in 1996 by Scholastic, not everything is shown beneath the cover. A boy named Jimmy Doyle who longs to be a professional basketball player ends up being invited to go play in the European competition on the "Teen Dream Team." But he realizes that not everything is shown as it appears and much more difficult to comprehend.

Danger Zone is a book that expresses many levels of truth. An case of truth from the novel is when Jimmy truly finds out "what's beneath the cover" in the city of Los Angeles." After seeing many million dollar houses about a mile away is the real city, the truth below the front cover...broken down buildings, bordered up stores, and burned down buildings; the "ghetto" or "hood" as Augustus said. He realizes that not everything is presented as true but is kept hidden.

The novel Danger Zone also reveals many real world conflicts that we still have to this day. Some of these conflicts are racism, terrorists/terrorist attacks, relationship problems, and making tough decisions, such as the decision Jimmy had to help his mother who was widow with two young children and a hardware store to take care of, after Jimmy's father had died or to go play in the European competition with the "Teen Dream Team."

David Klass, the author of this novel, Danger Zone, has shown forms of truth, loyalty, and race in an enjoyable yet clear way. This book in my opinion is well written and will entertain many young adults. I would absolutely recommend this book because of the many things it teaches you. If you like books that show many levels of symbolism then you will definitely enjoy this book.

My over all rating:

4/5 Stars : A
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