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Take Your Best Shot (4 for 4 #4)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  49 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Middle school and life on and off the basketball court are what four friends deal with in this satisfying conclusion to the 4 for 4 series. Here are four very different boys dealing with family, friends, school, and sports, told in a believable and accessible style. John Coy writes sports stories that run deep, and this series scores more and more readers each season. You' ...more
192 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
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Oct 10, 2015 Athos rated it really liked it
The story is about a middle school boy named Jackson. The book takes place in Jacksons middle school, and his homes. Jackson wants to ask rudy to the school dance but a boy named Chaz asked her before him. Jackson asked out his friends Gig, sister named Sydney. Jackson went to the the dance with Sydney and got his first kiss. Some themes i think go with this story are acceptance, breaking boundaries, and strength of character.
Trevor Morgan
Jan 14, 2014 Trevor Morgan rated it really liked it
The author of this book is John Coy. I have read another book by this author and love is creative writing I love how he incorporates a everyday teenagers life into a book. This book compares to his other writings by the sports and challenges they face and how they accomplish them. The main character of this book is Jackson. Jackson affected the story by being himself and not letting anyone tell him what he should do or think. Gig played a big role in this story be him a Jackson being best friend ...more
Reggie Ruiz
Oct 22, 2015 Reggie Ruiz rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sports lovers
Take Your Best Shot by John Coy is about a 12 year old boy named Jackson who is in middle school. He is on the basketball team with his best friends, Gig, Diego, and Issac. Issac, who's the best player on their team, is offered a chance to play on the travel team, however, the four friends made an agreement to stick together on the team. However, Isssac's father forces him to join the travel team. Jackson begins to struggle in school, racking up two detentions due to talking about homework in cl ...more
Matthew Conway
Was a really good book
Colby L
Feb 01, 2014 Colby L rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4th-quarter
This book is the last book in the 4 FOR 4 series. This book, along with the other books in this series, is about Jackson, Gig, Isaac, and Diego. There's a dance coming up, and everybody is going. Except for Jackson. With basketball, school, and homework, how will Jackson ever find a date for the dance? I think this is a great book to finish off this series. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes sports!
Jul 08, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
The last book in the 4 for 4 series, this book easily stands alone. Four childhood friends are now in middle school, living for basketball and knowing that their years of playing together will make this year's team a winner. But middle school can mean trouble with teachers due to differing expectations and the boys need to step up to the plate in order to ensure playing time. When the best player, Isaac, is offered the opportunity to play for a different team, Jackson is sure his team will stay ...more
Dec 05, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it
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Mr. Brook

Take Your Best Shot by John Coy, is about a 12-year-old boy named Jackson who is going to middle school. He is discovering that middle school is really hard with detention, homework, and the expectations that his teachers and family have of him. Jackson is on the basketball team and he is doing well as a player during their practices. Although, one of his teachers Mr. Tedesco is giving his parents a bad report of Jackson’s progress during parent teacher
Last of the 4 for 4 series by John Coy but is a standalone. Four friends struggle with balancing middle school and life. The boys are all on the basketball team and they may have a shot this year at winning. But then Issac, the best player, keeps getting offers to join the exclusive traveling team, Jackson's mom announces she is getting married on a game day, Diego keeps having to miss games because his uncle is making him work and Gig is distracted because his dad is fighting in Afghanistan. Ma ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Basketball, friendship, family, and a school dance brings twists and turns to Jackson's life. His basketball team is split up while at home his mom is marrying her boyfriend.

Themes: basketball, skills, teamwork, friendship
Characters: Jackson, Gig, Isaac, and Gig (numerous other classmates and ball players)

Artwork: none
Author's Note: none

Reviewed from a library copy.
Oct 07, 2013 Andrea rated it did not like it
Read for a class I'm taking...okay read for 3rd-6th grade boys, but huge lack of character development, and tons of names used...first, last, nicknames...hard to keep straight. Not my favorite - but I'm not a big basketball person either and there was a lot of game talk included.
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John Coy is an award-winning author, who worked as a dishwasher, mattress maker, group home worker, and tour guide before taking up writing. He's active in sports and is a member of the NBA Reading All-Star Team as part of the Read to Achieve program. John has traveled to all fifty states as well as to many countries internationally.

His work includes Night Driving, a Marion Vannett Ridgway Memori
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