*Starred Review* Fueled by plenty of high-octane sports action, Feinstein’s latest fast-break tale of intrigue and corruption in the world of athletics focuses on the hubbub surrounding a nationally ranked high-school basketball player. Terrell Jamerson has a clear path to the NBA, but there’s an awful lot to navigate through: dazzling offers from colleges, enticing glimpses of the high life offered by unscrupulous scouts and agents, pressures exerted by sleazy “friends,” and eagle-eyed NCAA officials with agendas of their own. Fortunately, not only is Terrell level-headed but he has loyal friends in teammate Danny, a point guard who is also getting noticed by college recruiters, and Danny’s stubbornly honest father, who coaches their team through a series of hard-fought games. A character from previous books, investigative journalist Bobby Kelleher, gets a significant supporting role, and Feinstein brings in actual players, coaches, reporters, and scouts for verisimilitude-building cameos. He also delivers blistering indictments of the NCAA: for leaning heavily on secondary young prospects while turning a blind eye to infractions by major ones and to the recruitment system for blatantly exploiting young athletes. 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 leader who ultimately makes decisions for the right reasons. Grades 7-10. --John Peters
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.”From the Hardcover edition.