Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Night Hoops by Carl Deuker

Nick Abbott loves basketball. Anytime he can play, he does. Nick is starting tenth grade and high school. His older brother Scott had played on the school's varsity basketball team the year before and dominated their dad's attention. Nick wants to play basketball on the varsity team so he can gain his dad's attention, too. But that summer Nick's dad rips up his mom's roses to put in a basketball court in the backyard and Nick's family life begins to fall apart. Everyone in Nick's family is fighting when Nick's dad finally moves out of the house. Scott decides to give up basketball for music, angering their dad, who begins to pay more attention to Nick. Then Nick begins hanging out with the kid across the street who isn't a great influence. Trent Dawson and Nick have nothing in common until Trent's mom's boyfriend asks if they can play on Nick's court at night. At night, Nick and Trent begin to play with each other and become an intimidating duo on and off the court. But choices have to be made about school, friends and the center of Nick's life: basketball.

I really enjoyed this book. I play basketball and found it very easy to follow and exciting. Even if you don't play or understand basketball you would understand what is happening in this book. Nick and Trent become believable, like they live next door. Once I started reading this I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this to anyone to read. It is a fast-paced, exciting page turner that makes you want to find out what will happen to Nick and Trent.

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Finksburg, MD USA

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