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Danger Zone

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  172 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
When he joins a predominantly black "Teen Dream Team" that will be representing the United States in an international basketball tournament in Rome, Jimmy Doyle makes some unexpected discoveries about prejudice, racism, and politics. In this award-winning novel, a young basketball star confronts a nightmare of racism in "one of the most thrilling climaxes in recent sports ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published March 1st 1996)
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Terryon Robinson
Apr 19, 2010 Terryon Robinson rated it liked it
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Francisco Escamilla
Feb 14, 2015 Francisco Escamilla rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book that is about a person who has to fit in a basketball team with more experienced players? If you have and you liked it, then Danger Zone is a book you should read. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. I think this is the best sports book I have ever read
The setting is in a hotel in Rome, in the present. It is important because that is where most of the players start getting used to playing with each other. James Doyle wanted to keep playing in the 17 years and
Hudson Gray
Nov 29, 2015 Hudson Gray rated it it was amazing
Danger Zone by David Klass was an amazing book, and one of my favorite sports books I have ever read. It is very well-written, and I liked the mix of basketball and a mystery.
Danger Zone is about high school basketball player Jimmy Doyle. When he is offered a spot on a team consisting of the best high school players in Amrica, he isn't sure what to expect. The team's star player is not fond of Jimmy and soon some of the fans in the stands at the international tournament in Italy are trying to
Trenton H
The Danger Zone is about a 17 year old international basketball player named Jim Doyle. He lives in Granham, Minnesota, but this year he doesn't want to play for the basketball team. Because his family is having finacle problems and decides to help his mom at the store that she owns. But his mom tells him he doesn't need to help she could do int on her own and he should join the team as they get ready for the big basketball tournament. So he joins the team, but the team had a lot of obstacles an ...more
Feb 29, 2016 Kenny rated it really liked it
I think this book helped me make better decisions because doyle turned down the scouts that wanted him to play for the Olympic team. This told me to never take things for granted especially if you get offered something. Doyle lived in Minnesota were most of the time its cold so he was always in the gym working on his game. He was always in the zone putting up big numbers, i did this a couple of times when i used to play. It feels good to be the man that is why i chose this book it instantly caug ...more
Jake Irgang
Nov 19, 2012 Jake Irgang rated it really liked it
1. Jimmy Doyle was chosen as a member of a ten-man teen basketball team for an international competition, he was flattered. However, he knew he couldn't go away for the summer, as his help was needed in running the family hardware store. His mother, though, convinces Jimmy to use his athletic talents, and he joined the team as they prepare for the tournament. Jimmy soon learned that he must earn the respect of his teammates, especially Augustus LeMay. As the game progressed, despite the fact tha ...more
May 17, 2015 Sai rated it it was amazing
Klass makes no excuse for racism, does not subordinate the issue of racism to "white feelings" in any way. Jimmy learns this through his journey abroad as a basketball player on a youth team representing the United States, and on an excursion through South Central.

It was satisfying, exciting, and quick -- plus Klass did an excellent job with all the game scenes.
Dimari Winston
Oct 15, 2010 Dimari Winston rated it really liked it
I picked this book because i thought it might be an interesting read due to the fact that i enjoy basketball,And I couldnt have been more right. The author David Klass portrays the life of a highschool basketball player from minesota (Jimmy Doyle) Living in a world full of prejudice and racism. Because of his talent for the game Jimmy is recruited to play for Team USA in a tournament held in Rome. Along the way to the tournament Jimmy and his fellow teammates run into many obstacles and troubles ...more
Micah G-l
Sep 08, 2013 Micah G-l rated it really liked it
Danger Zone by David Klass is one of the best sports books I have ever read. The reasoning for this is because from the moment you look on the page you cannot look up. It describes the idea of getting in a sort of a trance in basketball so much that you have to try to miss. Every shot you take goes in as some would say "feeling hot". The story goes into the life of a white boy in a small town with a not so great family/money situation. Bu that all goes away on the court as he enters his "danger ...more
Walter Hughes
Oct 02, 2008 Walter Hughes rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Walter Hughes by: myself
There is a young man(JIMMY DOYLE)that is the star of his small town high school team.He is selected to be apart of a teen basketball team to represent the United States. Throughout the book he thinks that he is no a good enough to play on this team that is predominately black.In the book jimmy is faced with lots of obstacles discrimination, racism, and his self-confidence. The theme of this book is to overcome adversity and to believe in yourself. I can connect to this book because i play for a ...more
Patrick Birmingham
That was a really cool book I read before I started high school by the time we moved to our new house three summers ago. I enjoyed how it blends between basketball and action. Every part of the book was easy for me to lay attention on the points of sports, and how two characters, in which one of them got furious for taking his cousin's place in a basketball team, although he felt flattered about the international tournament but asked to run the hardware store for the family. He and his team show ...more
Apr 08, 2011 Cookie rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is the only book that I had yet to read on the 10th grade reading list - I would've read it sooner, except it was very difficult to find a copy of it! Finally, my school librarian was able to inter-library loan it for me. That being said, I'm happy I went through the trouble of getting the book. It's a glimpse into racism outside of the US - a glimpse that I have not really noticed in Europe. I'm not sure if I've just been naive while traveling, but I've been lucky enough not to have notice ...more
Amanda Gibson
May 23, 2008 Amanda Gibson rated it it was amazing
Jimmy Doyle joins a predominately black "Teen Dream Team" that represents the United States and travels with them to a tournament in Rome. Here Jimmy becomes faced with numerous showing of discrimination, prejudice, and racisim. This book demonstrates great examples toward working with a team. Students who are interested in sports will relate best with this book but overall it helps draw the readers attention toward teamwork, leadership, and motivation. It is important for business students to u ...more
Kenan Hurem
Dec 01, 2014 Kenan Hurem rated it it was amazing
Great book, fun to read!
Dec 01, 2014 Noahcha rated it it was amazing
Great book fun 2 read!
Carl De
Jan 29, 2013 Carl De rated it it was amazing
The book, Danger Zone, was a very good book in my opinion. It had a lot of intensity in it and kept me wanting to read more and more. In this book, there are a lot of twists and turns in this book that was not expected. The storyline is very good and explains the conflict of the story very thoroughly. I can relate to this book because I play basketball and can sometimes "get in the zone."
Austin Pemberton
Feb 09, 2011 Austin Pemberton rated it really liked it
This phenomenal book by David Klass is very suspenseful because you don't know what is going to happen next. Johnny (main character) has two lives in this story. A life on the court, and a life of the court. I believe the author is trying to get a message across, and that message is when you set aside your differences, and work on the similarities you can do great things.
Mar 01, 2010 Kat rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-books, book-club
The library's teen book club read this and only one of the teens was able to get all the way through it. The writing is awkward to say the least. The book deals with racial tensions in a basketball team, but takes a long time to even get to that point. The main character Jimmy is extremely flat, and so are all the women in the book.
Tim Fasick
Oct 02, 2015 Tim Fasick rated it it was amazing
It is an amazing book and I had a lot of fun reading it. I would tell anyone to read this awesome book.
Dec 29, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This book explains how fame isn't always good. The author, David Klass uses the character Snowman to show how fame isn't always good. Papparzaies exposed Snowman's background information and then it led to a terriost threat against the USA team.
Apr 26, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books
Enjoyed the basketball scenes. I probably had a better understanding of the episodes with Augustus because I live in L.A. At times the narrative dragged, but this was an intriguing story.
Mar 27, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly, I liked this book. Normally, books about sports bore me, but I liked this. I'm learning that I actually like basketball based books. :)
Mar 12, 2007 Ryan rated it it was amazing
I read this as a 6th grader and loved it. I can still remember rediculous details about this book, which will haunt my dreams forever...
Apr 09, 2009 Michael rated it liked it
I really liked this book in high school, but thinking back on it, a lot of it is unbelievably melodramatic and derivative.
Alex-lamar Stone
this book was awesome,it shows that no matter what a kid can be a stand up guy all through the end
Nov 10, 2008 Carina rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a book you can't put down
Recommended to Carina by: I had to read it in school
It was a very good book. I did not want to put it down. It also had a surprising ending.
Heather S
Jan 18, 2011 Heather S marked it as to-read
Shelves: sequoyah-winners
Sequoyah Winner: 1998-1999 (YA)
Dec 13, 2008 Althea added it
eh, not my favorite book
May 22, 2013 Marlon added it
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David Klass is the author of many young adult novels, including You Don’t Know Me, Dark Angel, and Firestorm (The Caretaker Trilogy). He is also a Hollywood screenwriter, having written more than twenty-five action screenplays, including Kiss the Girls, starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, Walking Tall, starring The Rock, and Desperate Measures, starring Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia. Klass g ...more
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