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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,648 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Feinstein Narrator: John Feinstein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sports Beat Series Release Date: February 2005 ISBN: 9781400099368
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Steven Thomas is one of two lucky winners of the US Basketball Writers Association’s contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass for the Final Four. It’s a basketball junkie’s dream come true!

But the games going on behind the scenes between the coaches, the players, the media, the money-men, and the fans turn out to be even more fiercely competitive than those on the court. Steven and his fellow winner, Susan Carol Anderson, are nosing around the Superdome and overhear what sounds like a threat to throw the championship game. Now they have just forty-eight hours to figure out who is blackmailing one of MSU’s star players and why.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Last Shot is a brisk novel set in the madness of the NCAA’s Final Four. Exceptionally knowledgeable about the college basketball world, Feinstein has a fine time lampooning broadcaster Dick Vitale and the bureaucrats who populate the NCAA itself. The blackmailing plot that unfolds over the course of Final Four weekend threatens a student-athlete who isn’t a student, implicates an ethics professor with no ethics, and otherwise introduces to young readers the sleaze beneath the glitter of college basketball’s biggest show. Remarkably, Feinstein pokes holes in the illusions without diminishing the excitement of the games themselves as seen through the eyes of two eighth-grade reporters. He writes as if he’s having a fine time at the keyboard, and the result will entertain not only young readers, but the oldsters looking over their shoulders as well. Boston Globe
  • Score! That’s exactly what author John Feinstein does with this mystery. Dallas Morning News
  • You’ll feel as if you have a courtside seat at the SuperDome. Last Shot is Feinstein’s first entry into fiction for young people, and it’s an impressive one. The story is intriguing, the dialogue snappy and the finale exciting. Bookpage
  • “[Feinstein] writes as if he’s having a fine time at the keyboard, and the result will entertain not only young readers, but the oldsters looking over their shoulders as well.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Score! That’s exactly what author John Feinstein does with this mystery.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “You’ll feel as if you have a courtside seat at the SuperDome. Last Shot is Feinstein’s first entry into fiction for young people, and it’s an impressive one. The story is intriguing, the dialogue snappy and the finale exciting.”

    BookPage

  • Winner of the 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annemarie | 2/18/2014

    " Entertaining read. My son (high-school freshman) picked the book for a class reading assignment/report and suggested I read as well. I played basketball growing up and have always been a fan of the college tournament. Never interested in being a sports writer, but I always enjoy a good mystery. Very well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Fetterman | 2/13/2014

    " I read this for the class Resources for Young Adults while working on my Masters of Library and Information Science. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne Hsu Feldman | 1/19/2014

    " I can see why my sports-fan readers like this book and others by Feinstein. The mixture of many real-life details of the sports world and a mild mystery (with a surprising, heavier twist toward the end) is just right to keep the readers' interest up. For someone who seeks more intense mystery or actions, this title will fall short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/18/2014

    " Written by sports writer John Feinstein about a pair of eight graders who win a sports writing contest. For Steve and Susan Carol budding sports journalist and basketball fans it is a dream come true--attending the NCAA's final four as sports writers. They get to see the process as an insider. Steve overhears someone threaten a star player that he better lose the final game or else... An interesting mystery, especially for basketball fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jacob baer | 1/11/2014

    " It's a good book. it's mysterious. Suspenseful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie 8-22 | 1/3/2014

    " It is an amazing book, or what I have read so far. I can't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamila | 12/28/2013

    " Good for middle school boys and girls, as well as tweens interested in basketball and journalism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryce | 11/20/2013

    " this is about to kid reports that win a writing contest and go to the final four the star player for one of the teams is getting blackmailed and they try to prove it this is the first book in the seires cover up is the second "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jmini | 11/12/2013

    " Awsome book, One of the few books I enjoyed reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theo | 11/5/2013

    " I liked this book. I don't really like basket ball but this was an exelent mystery. Reccomended to all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 11/3/2013

    " Slightly unbelievable story about two eighth-graders who crack a slightly unbelievable blackmail case of a basketball player in the Final Four. Fans will enjoy the references to current newscasters, and the novel's quick pace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 10/24/2013

    " This isn't a very hard mystery it is just a very good book if you like basketball. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 5/5/2013

    " Seemed like a good thing to read for March Madness, especially since it's from a kid sports writer's viewpoint. Good. Enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 4/28/2013

    " Loved this mystery... it was amazingg..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 5/3/2012

    " This book was very entertaining "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 3/28/2012

    " A sports-themed mystery popular with both boy and girl middle school readers. Two intelligent kids -- both aspiring journalists -- solve a mystery at the NCAA Final Four tournament in New Orleans. Kids who like this book will want to read Vanishing Act and Cover Up, the next two books in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph | 3/7/2012

    " If I had been forced to write a book when I was a fifth grader, this is exactly the book I would have written. Predictable, cliche ridden and essential harmless. A quick read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 8/19/2011

    " It's good at the buzzer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonah | 4/22/2011

    " This book was a great mystery that kept you on the edge of your seat. By the way, I really like sports. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Declan | 4/7/2011

    " Satisfying if unsurprising mystery that was engaging for the amount of information I learned about final four basketball in the process of solving the mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 4/1/2011

    " written very well and features the year i really got into college basketball. real names, real people. Stevie Thomas is a great narrator. recommended, especially this weekend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob | 3/4/2011

    " I Love This Book Because Its All About The Final Four and How People Try To Cheat To Make Money "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 2/11/2011

    " This book was very entertaining "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theo | 2/3/2011

    " I liked this book. I don't really like basket ball but this was an exelent mystery. Reccomended to all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Omar | 1/20/2011

    " This book kept me entertained throughout. I have already reccomended this book to many of my friends. I loved it. You will too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan | 1/3/2011

    " I loved this book, and it really made me want to read the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 11/10/2010

    " One of the best teen basketball books I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hunter | 9/27/2010

    " This is awesome!!!!! How Stevie figured out how a proffeser was black mailing one of the best players. You should read this book. "

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About the Author
Author John Feinstein

John Feinstein is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous works of nonfiction, including Moment of Glory, Are You Kidding Me?, Living on the Black, Let Me Tell You a Story, Caddy for Life, A Season on the Brink, Play Ball, and others. He has also written four sports-mystery novels for young readers. He writes for the Washington Post, Golf Digest, Inside Sports, Golf, Tennis magazine, Basketball America, and is a regular commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition.