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True Legend

4.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,104 Ratings  ·  225 Reviews
#1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica makes his return to the basketball court!

There's a reason teammates call him "True." Because for basketball phenom Drew Robinson, there is nothing more true than his talent on the court. It's the kind 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
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Philomel Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Saad The name of the basketball park that Drew Robinson met Urban 'Legend' was called Morrison Park.

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Raymond Swopes
May 20, 2013 Raymond Swopes rated it it was amazing
I rated this book 5 of 5 because it is a really good book that has good theme and really shows how the game of basketball is. It is about a kid in high school named Drew and he is an amazing point guard. He has just moved to a new school and has just started the basketball season. He meets a basketball legend who shows him the way to get out of trouble and make it to the pros so he doesn't end up like him. But Drew doesn't follow that until he realizes that he needs to make a change before it is ...more
Michelle
I never would have read this by choice, but when I accepted my current teaching position, I agreed to teach sports literature. This was the book. So… I was pretty unhappy with it. I read the first few chapters, and it was not my cup of tea. Not because it is based on basketball. I like basketball, and other sports as well. And basketball is the one sport I actually have some experience playing. Let's just say it's simple, and I didn't particularly like the casual syntax.

On the other hand, it is
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Daniel Campbell
May 21, 2015 Daniel Campbell rated it really liked it
I would recommend the book True Legend to any of my friends. It is exciting, but everything in it could really happen. Drew is tall and skinny. Lee is tall and not as skinny with blond hair. Legend is really tall, looks old, and has black/gray hair.
It all started when Drew was playing basketball by himself in Morrison Park and saw this guy playing that was really good. He was going to go watch, but then the person ran away when he came to see him play. Then he came back the next day and he did
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$nickv34$
Jan 15, 2015 $nickv34$ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
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Juan
Jan 07, 2015 Juan added it
Title : True Legend

Author : Mike Lupica

Main Character : Drew Robinson

Drew Robinson is a normal young man chasing his dream to be a star when he's older. It's about a high school basketball prospect and the fame he faces at a young age. Drew "True" Robinson is a boy in high school who everyone believes can be the greatest basketball player ever. With all of the commotion surrounding his basketball skills, Drew begins to lose control of his life outside of basketball. It wasn't until Drew met a "P
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Gus
Dec 10, 2015 Gus rated it really liked it
Personal Response

I thought that this book was just shy of getting five stars. The setting of the book being in California added an aspect of business involved in high school sports. I also thought that the way the author described what went on with the interaction between high school athletes and agents was based very accurately to what you hear on the news sometimes. I thought that the way the author described each character was very good because there was many traits in each one that the reade
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Logan
Apr 20, 2016 Logan added it
Personal Response: I thought True Legend was a spectacular read. I liked hearing Drew’s story about his childhood in New York and his super-stardom in California. Drew was easy to connect with, because he was a young athlete. I was able to sympathize with him when he was sore from a hard practice or when he did not have his best game. I started worrying about Drew when I realized the type of person Seth Gilbert was (the man who moved Drew to California). It was hard to like Seth throughout the b ...more
Zach Berard
May 21, 2014 Zach Berard rated it it was amazing
Summary- This book is a great novel about a boy with “hoop” dreams. Everything in Drew Robinson’s life has been handed to him because of his skill on the court. Even his mom’s job was given to her because of the amazing way he played. Drew, also known as True because his game was too true, was given everything. He did not even do his own homework. His best buddy, Lee, would do it. Lee was always there for Drew even when they got in trouble… but I am not spoiling that part. Drew’s life starts to ...more
Ethan
Jan 13, 2016 Ethan rated it really liked it
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Michael Velez
Jan 27, 2016 Michael Velez rated it it was amazing
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Alec Roland
Mar 03, 2016 Alec Roland rated it it was amazing
What I liked in this book:
I really enjoyed how I could relate to the main character, "True" Robinson" in the book. Also, I liked how the book was true to reality and how that even being a great athlete comes with a few bumps in the road in order to get to stardom. For instance, True was looking to lead his team to a championship but got in a car accident when trying to evade police. His best friend, Lee said it was all his own fault and received a suspension of four games while True got off the
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Gage Turner
Apr 01, 2015 Gage Turner rated it it was amazing
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Blake Miller
Mar 08, 2015 Blake Miller rated it really liked it
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True Legend is one of the greatest books that I have read where the author ties in a good theme within the main plot which was basketball. This of course could have only been done by one great author: Mike Lupica.

The main character in this book is star basketball player, Drew Robinson. He is given the nickname "True" by his teammates because of his unbelievable basketball talent. He is one of those typical basketball players though. He gets a big head and starts to think he is invincible. He st
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Sally Kruger
Drew "True" Robinson has a plan. He and his mother moved to California from New York to advance his basketball career. Only a junior in high school, he is one of the best. If things work out, he will be scouted by the best colleges and after the minimum one year of college play, he'll head to the pros.

Lately Drew hasn't exactly been focused much on his grades, and he is getting some grief about it from his mother and his counselor. He tries to remind them that college isn't really his goal; it's
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Shervin
May 24, 2015 Shervin rated it really liked it
Drew Robinson just wanted to continue his path to basketball stardom. But one day when he was on his way to morrison park to play basketball he sees an elderly man who is very good at basketball. So he goes and does research about him and tries to find out who he is. Then one day he decides to go talk to him and finds out who he is. This is a story of passion, perseverance and effort.
Anthony Chornyy
Mar 03, 2016 Anthony Chornyy rated it really liked it
True Legend by Mike Lupica was a pretty good book. A high school basketball star is getting major attention from the media and is compared to major players like LeBron and Stephanie Curry. He feels pretty good about himself until he sees a mysterious person playing basketball way better than him in an old park. Read this book to find out their story.
Amanda
Oct 28, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 12+
My son read this book and enjoyed it and thought that I would also enjoy it. I have read several of Lupica's books and enjoyed them, but I didn't connect with this one. I just didn't like the main character, Drew. He was arrogant and cocky. He does "redeem" himself in the end which was nice but for me it was too little, too late.

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In the middle of book, Drew says that he isn't happy unless he's playing basketball and that just made me sad. A person needs to be happy in multiple things, in
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Ken Lawrence
Jan 05, 2015 Ken Lawrence rated it liked it
Book Club with my son.
Will Vagianelis
Oct 13, 2015 Will Vagianelis rated it it was amazing
This was a great book that showed the ups and downs of playing High School and College sports. It described the dangers in playing like life-threatening injuries, crime, and even illegal booster programs. Mike Lupica also did a great job in showing the excitement in playing basketball. The fun and speed of the games, the interesting dialogue between characters, and the overall theme played major factors in this book. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.
Caleb Kennedy
May 24, 2016 Caleb Kennedy rated it liked it
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Alexander
Set in modern times in the late 2000's, Drew Robinson has been treated like a star ever since some of his first experiences on the basketball court. When he comes across a talented, elite older player on his neighborhood court late one night while practicing, Drew thinks he's seen a ghost. What he's met isn't a ghost. He meets a man, who tells Drew to call him Donald, who was a former basketball legend who lost everything when he became too invested in the media surrounding him. When Drew too be ...more
Manjot
Feb 23, 2016 Manjot rated it really liked it
Drew “True” Robinson has been treated like a star since some of his first forays onto the basketball court. When he spots a talented, solitary older player on his neighborhood court late one night, Drew thinks he's seen a ghost. What he's met is a cautionary tale: The man, who tells Drew to call him Donald, is a former basketball legend who lost everything when he became too invested in the hype surrounding him. When Drew too begins to make mistakes on the court, he seeks out Donald, haunted by ...more
Josiah Melanson
Jan 08, 2016 Josiah Melanson rated it really liked it
Football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, there's a reason we call them team sports. You're playing for a team, and the ultimate goal is for your team to win. In the course of a game, all you're thinking about as a team player is “what can I do to help my team win?” Now, if none of these traits are true to you, if you disagree with everything I just said, you're a lot like Drew “Tru” Robinson (except you're most likely not the #1 high school basketball prospect in America), you have an ego ...more
Marvin Cardona
Nov 27, 2015 Marvin Cardona rated it it was amazing
Throughout this whole book that I read, the strengths were that Drew Robinson never stopped following his dream of playing basketball in the pro's. Drew Robinson was in spired by a legend in the pro's and kept trying to do better and better." The guy hardly ever missed, even though there were these moves he made, ones that started with his back to the basket, moves like a blur..."(Lupica4) This is why I liked the book because it inspires people who are reading this book(who are basketball player ...more
Dru
May 28, 2015 Dru added it
True Legend By Mike Lupica
Book Review By Dru Tillman


This book is about a young man named Drew Robinson, one of the best high school basketball players in the country competing against not only other skilled players, but in school too. The main characters were of course, Drew, and then Lee, King Gadsen, and Legend. The plot developed by Drew struggling not only against his rival, King Gadsen, but also in his school work. "He didn't want school get in his way, didn't want to think about anything
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Brady Pettit
Drew “True” Robinson is almost 16. He has been treated like a star since some of his first forays onto the basketball court. When he spots a talented, solitary older player on his neighborhood court late one night, Drew thinks he's seen a ghost. What he's met is a cautionary tale. The man, who tells Drew to call him Donald, is a former basketball legend who lost everything when he became too invested in the hype surrounding him. When Drew too begins to make mistakes on the court, he seeks out Do ...more
Max N
Apr 10, 2015 Max N rated it it was amazing
In the book True Legend, Drew Robinson is an all star basketball player. They call him Drew “True” Robinson. He is a very good basketball player but he struggles in school but he does just enough just to pass. When he is feeling down he always go to Morrison Park. One night when he is there an old guy comes to the park and starts shooting around. The guy is very skilled and drew doesn’t know who he is. The next game Oakley plays their rivals Park Prep. Drew has his hands full with this really go ...more
Francisco Escamilla
Mar 28, 2015 Francisco Escamilla rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a sports book with happy endings? If you have and you enjoy reading sports' books with happy endings, then "True Legend" is a book you should read.The genre of this book is realistic fiction.I think this is a very good book because the book shows how the person overcoming things that help him for his future career.

The setting is mostly in a school and different basketball courts. It is important because the setting helps show how the main character, Drew Robinson, also known
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Orion A
Mar 20, 2015 Orion A rated it it was amazing
I picked this book because my friend had read it and told me it was good. I also have read many of his other books which are good plus basketball is my favorite sport. The story takes place near San Jose California at Morrison park. True is facing both a internal and external conflict throughout this book. He is facing an internal conflict with trying to deal with all the homework he has to do so that he can make it through high school to live his dream as a basketball player. He faces an extern ...more
Ronald
Feb 27, 2015 Ronald rated it it was amazing
There is a junior in school his name is drew and meets and old basketball player that didn't make it far. Drew goes out the way searching for this man so he can write his report on him. But meanwhile Drew doesn't know his name or anything all he know is that he can play basketball. Drew goes on the hunt to get the mans identity and figures out the old timer doesn't have a high school degree. Drew gets him a degree and plays basketball on ESPN2 to show colleges that he's a nice basketball player ...more
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