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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mike Lupica Narrator: Prentice Onayemi Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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#1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica makes his return to the basketball court!

There’s a reason his teammates call him “True.”

For basketball phenom Drew Robinson, there is nothing more true than his talent on the court. It’s the kind of talent that comes along once in a generation and is loaded with perks—and with problems.

Before long, True buys in to his own hype—much to the chagrin of his mother, who wants to keep her son’s head grounded—and suddenly trouble has a way of finding him. That is, until a washed-up former playground legend steps back onto the court and takes True under his wing.

At a time when street agents promise riches to kids and college programs are taken down due to recruiting violations, True Legend is a resonant and inspiring novel in the Lupica tradition.

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  • “Written in a fluid mix of slightly distant exposition and terse dialogue, the tale features plenty of suspenseful, expertly depicted hoops action along with choices both wrong and, ultimately, right made in the face of glittering temptations.”


  • “The perfect trifecta of deep knowledge and portrayal of the history and culture of basketball, keen insight into the obstacle course of motivations and temptations facing a talented young man, and perfect-pitch sports writing…Lupica is the greatest sportswriter for middle-grade readers, and this book, True Legend, is a reminder of his dominance.”


  • “The clear message here is that young athletes should not let fame go to their heads…A solid mix of character-driven realism and basketball action.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Terrie | 2/17/2014

    " Read my review at Let's Talk Books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 7703Emil | 2/16/2014

    " True Legend was a great book in my opinion, like all the other Mike Lupica books I've read. I like these kinds of books, so that plays a part, but it also shows how complicated things are when everyone knows you and has high expectations of someone. Drew Robinson, the main character in the book, is the man of high school basketball. He knows he will make it to the NBA, and everyone does. He has a multimillionaire friend, and he gets him whatever he wants. Drew even gets chauffeured to wherever he wants. But when he gets in trouble after crashing a car, Drew's best friend Lee Atkins takes the blame. Drew finally realizes he has to do things on his own now and be a man. With a blend of school, basketball, and playground legends, this book is great for anyone who loves basketball and seeing what it's like being famous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Toni | 2/9/2014

    " Good sports novel about what it means to be a basketball star. Will recommend it to my fans of basketball books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jordyn James | 1/29/2014

    " I love this book!! One of the best books Mike Lupica has written yet!!!! "

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