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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:
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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

  • “[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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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