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Fast Break

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring and entertaining sports story for tweens.

Book Mike Lupica Sports 2015
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Fast Break is an entertaining page-turner with intriguing, dynamic characters and issues of grief and being a foster child that add layers of substance to the central basketball plot line. Basketball fans will love the references to current players and their playing styles, such as Jayson being compared to Wizards' star John Wall, "a born point guard," while Jayson's friend Tyrese is Wall's running mate Bradley Beal, "lighting it up from the outside."

Author Mike Lupica is a solid sports storyteller, but his sports-jargon-filled sentence fragments, meant to show what's going on inside Jayson's head, seem forced. Still, it's a good pick for middle schoolers who, on the surface, may seem to be single-mindedly obsessed with sports but in reality have a lot more going on inside.

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