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4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,098 Ratings  ·  210 Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Savvy is six two and full of raw basketball talent; her three-point shot is deadly. But she's also skinny and gets pushed around on the court. Her older sister, Callie, is a freshman on varsity cheerleading, but she's not quite light enough to be a flier - her coveted position. Both girls need to boost their level of competition to get off the bench and i ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Dial Books (first published February 29th 2000)
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Haley Thompson
Mar 11, 2011 Haley Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-school
I read Boost because one of my friends ,Peyton M., had goten it from the school library and had me read the back of the book. It was very interesting, it was about a girl my age, 13 and she was 6 foot 2 inches, and she played Basketball. I thought looked like a very good book. So I went to the plublic library and saw it their and got it. And I couldn't sleep last night and I had just the day before finished other book I was reading so I got this book out and finished it last night I don't know h ...more
Jun 23, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I loved the novel, Boost by Kathy MacKel. It is about a fourteen-year-old girl, who is very tall.(6 feet 2) Savannah "Savvy" Christopher is obsessed with basketball. She and her family move to Rhode Island where she meets a girl named Nina Gonzalez or "Gonzo" who becomes her best friend. They both try out for the local basketball team for players who are around eighteen. Savvy isn't sure if she will make it or not, but the coach tells her that she did make it because she has a lot of talent. He ...more
Nov 08, 2010 Tara rated it it was amazing
This book is very interesting to me because it is about my favorite sport which is basketball! This book is about a girl who is in 8th grade and moves from new mexico and her name is savvy and she now lives in new york. Her sister callie is in high school and is on the cheer leading team. Their dad is in college, and mom works. Callie has to lose alot of weight before cheer starts but what she uses to lose weight is illegle and not good for her health. Savvy trys out for the high school basketba ...more
May 23, 2011 Arianna rated it it was amazing
this book was really, really good! As soon as I saw it in the library...I picked it up and read the back of it. It sounded pretty good from the blurb so I took it out. I finished the book in about 2-3 days because I couldn't put it down! I really recommend it if your are into mysteries and basketball. They use a lot of Basketball terms so if you don't really know the sport it might be a little confusing.
Desmond King
Jan 31, 2016 Desmond King rated it it was amazing
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Taylor O
Jan 03, 2012 Taylor O rated it liked it
In this book, 13-14 year old Savvy has just moved from New Mexico to Rhode Island. Her house was all-that back in New Mexico, and now she lives on her aunt’s farm. She is 6 foot 2, so for the 8th grade, she looks like the freak show. If all that teasing wasn’t enough, her sister Callie is the girlfriend of Savvy’s crush. What’s worse? I’ll tell you. She’s on the high school basketball team with a friend. During a game, she looks back at the bleachers, not seeing her parents. She walks back to th ...more
Mar 03, 2016 Jose rated it liked it
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Karen Ball
Jun 05, 2011 Karen Ball rated it liked it
Really good sports writing! Savvy Christopher is 14, 6-foot-2-inches tall, and has just arrived in Rhode Island from New Mexico. She used to live in a house with a pool and a basketball court, thanks to her father's professional golf tour wins, but their family lost everything after he was injured. Now they live with elderly but feisty Aunt Betty on her sheep farm, and all Savvy cares about is playing basketball... and so she tries out for the high school level travel team instead of the middle ...more
Ms. Yingling
Apr 03, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
Savvy, an 8th grader who lives for basketball, tries out for a high school age team and makes it, knowing that she is going to have to work very hard. There's a lot going on in her life-- the family has moved to be with an aunt on her farm because the PGA playing father has been disabled, Savvy's cheerleader sister is struggling with eating disorders, the aunt breaks her leg and Savvy has to pick up the slack on the farm, and there is a romantic interest-- a boy whom Savvy likes but who dates he ...more
Feb 14, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing
In the book boost, I can compare the main character Savvy to another character named D.J from Dairy Queen. Savvy is trying to make the 18's for basketball, but the coaches suggested that she should go to the 16's. Savvy did eventually she made the 18's. D.J from Dairy Queen, wants to be on the Red Bend football team. They didn't really want her, but they want her to stick to training one of the football players. D.J did make the football team & had great success, & same with Savvy on the ...more
Oct 30, 2008 Kelly rated it liked it
Savvy, 8th grade basketball player extraordinaire, has been uprooted from Arizona to Rhode Island, courtesy of her parents. On impulse, she tries out for her new town’s elite senior basketball team, rather than the 15 and under team, and makes it. Boost follows Savvy as she struggles to prove herself among older, stronger players, navigates her new life on a sheep farm, and deals with her older sister’s strange behavior. Though spare on development for the supporting characters, Boost offers rea ...more
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OK, there really are sheep farms and coyotes in Rhode Island. I’ve confirmed that much. But all the talk about sheep and coyotes and RI and New Mexico had me confused at first. It didn’t help that there’s a few typos and sloppy editing in the early pages.

Savvy Christopher, on the other hand, is a very interesting character. She has a world of basketball talent, and is willing to work hard – on and off the court, but that doesn’t make her perfect. She makes a lot of quick judgments, and misses s
Belissa Etienne
Mar 01, 2013 Belissa Etienne rated it really liked it
Boost is a book about basketball and love. Savvy is a 13 year old girl who is very tall and skinny and plays basketball. Cassie is Savvy's older sister who has just started high school and a cheerleader. Both of them are just trying to make it to the top. Neither one of them ever really get a chance to play or be in the team effort. But while they are doing that things start to turn for the worst for Savvy. Somebody framed her for taking steroids. Now there is absolutely no chance for Savvy.
Jun 17, 2016 Breyanajegede rated it liked it
All Savvy wanted to do was play basketball. She was always with a ball on and off the court. She played for a 18U team when she was 13 and met a new friend named Gonzo who also played. They were the two youngest players and not many people on there team liked them because they were so good. Savvy has a crush on this boy Marc who is her sister Callie’s boyfriend. They live in a ranch house with there great aunt who has a bad foot because she fell while trying to protect her sheep that are on her ...more
Feb 07, 2009 Angela rated it it was ok
While drug use in sports, especially among girls, is an important topic, I really wish this one hadn't been so heavy-handed and one-note about it. Did we really need a lecture from a doctor about the evils of steroid use and an extensive Google search?

The basketball scenes were really well written - well, what I could understand of them. This is definitely a book for basketball fans, since none of the basketball jargon was explained (for example, while the move was used several times, I still ha
May 16, 2010 Kit rated it really liked it
If you liked Catherine Gilbert Murdoch's Dairy Queen trilogy, you'll probably like the story of Savvy, an eighth-grader whose drive and determination - and friend who has crazy ideas - convince her to play for an elite 18 and under summer basketball team in her new town. Like D.J. in Dairy Queen, Savvy is carrying more of her family than she really should be, and she has to balance her family responsibilities with training. Occasionally the book isn't as nuanced and well-rounded as Dairy Queen, ...more
Abdulrahman Boutaleb
May 26, 2015 Abdulrahman Boutaleb rated it really liked it
When Savvy moves to a new town, all she wants to do is make a couple friends and play basketball, her favorite sport. She settled in and made a good friend, But then she found steroids in her bag, so people spread rumors and she got a bad name. Then, she eventually found out that her sister hid them there so that people dont suspect her for doing anything. This story is about mistrust, friendship and honesty.
Monia Alexander
Oct 31, 2014 Monia Alexander rated it it was amazing
This book was ok, anyone who enjoys playing sports should read this. This writer was effective because she make me feel like I was in a game. My attention was hook on the book because I felt like I was in her shoes playing basketball. The strength of this book was it taught me a lesson on being an athlete.
Oct 25, 2013 Aleya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would say that this book is aimed toward a female perspective. Boost relates to a girls feelinsgs and thoughts growig up. Boys might not undertand or connect with the feelings the main character, Savvy has. I give this book a 5 star rating because i enjoy the constant plot twists and how it relates to real life. Kathy Mackel keeps the reader on their toes.
Sep 24, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-reading
A compelling story about sibling relationships, finding your place, and fitting in. This story is appropriate for 8th grade readers who are able to deal with challenging moral questions related to privacy, drug use and complex relationships.
May 05, 2017 Jordan rated it really liked it
There's a girl from New Mexico and she is 6'3 she is fourteen years old. She wants to try out for the i18u that's girls that are 18 and under so Savey Christopher got mad because they didn't let her or her friends play.
Kyle Ma
Oct 08, 2013 Kyle Ma rated it liked it
Boost is a great book for those who like Basketball and Realistic Fiction!

Savannah 'Savvy' Christopher, a fourteen year old, has just moved from New Mexico to Rhode Island with her sister, Calliope "Callie" Christopher, and her parents. They sold their old house with hot tubs, walk-in closets, a private pool, a basketball court and double-bed bedrooms to the government because their Dad, a retired golf player who had an accident, needed to go to school and start a new career. Their Dad, Mark Chr
Sia Fauntleroy
Jun 06, 2017 Sia Fauntleroy rated it it was amazing
Boost is about how a girl is dealing with a move and is flamed for having drugs in her bag
May 25, 2012 Jacqui rated it it was amazing

Boosting your game is hard to do any sport .To boost your game you need to start by eating healthier, and practicing more you know doing things that will help "Boost" your game. That’s not what’s on Savvy’s mind though. Savvy is thinking more about the simpler way of boosting her game compared to the hard way. Aside from the clichéd moments this book was fantastic it was like a one of the those movies when you know something scary is going to happen but you don’t know exactly what will happen it
Nov 20, 2013 Haleyl rated it it was amazing
I would recommend Boost to anyone who likes basketball. I would give this book five stars because it was exciting, had great detail, and was suspenseful. This book was about a 14 year old girl named Savvy, short for Savannah. But Savvy isn’t short at all, she’s 6’3” and still growing. She moved to her aunt’s house from New Mexico, and is now trying out for the elite Fire basketball team, which is an age bracket above the one she’s supposed to be in. Boost is about how her family deals with their ...more
Zane Hinson
Mar 01, 2017 Zane Hinson rated it it was amazing
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Jesus Jimenez
Sep 10, 2014 Jesus Jimenez rated it really liked it
Boost by Kathy Mackel is about a 14 year old girl named Savvy Christopher who is freakishly tall 6,2 and is obsessed with basketball. She and her family moved to Rhode Island from New Mexico to live with her Aunt Betty at a farm. She goes to basketball tryouts and become best friend with a girl named Nina but they call her Gonzo. They try out for the U-18 team when they should go for the U-16 they both make the team but the coach tell Savvy that she has to work hard to start and gives her a plan ...more
The Sports Book Analyst
Apr 25, 2013 The Sports Book Analyst rated it it was ok
Shelves: basketball
This book gets a mixed review. I’ll start with a summary and then give my final thoughts.

Savvy’s father had an accident and had to give up professional golf.

When Callie (Savvy’s older sister) was five she climbed a ladder to get to her father on the roof. He got surprised and slipped on a screwdriver making him fall off and breaking bones in both the back and neck areas.

Since their father could no longer play on the PGA golf tours, the family went bankrupt and sold their home to move in with t
Nov 25, 2012 Georgie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually got this as a download from Audible, to listen to on my iPod.

13 year old Savannah 'Savvy' Christopher is a 13-year-old girl who's just moved from New Mexico to Rhode Island with her family to live on her great aunt's sheep farm. She's 6 foot 2 tall, and a brilliant basketball player, though her height causes her to be teased and have problems with the whole 'boys' thing. She has other problems too. Her father, a former pro-golf player, had his career ruined after a serious accident an
Matt Bailey
Nov 27, 2013 Matt Bailey rated it really liked it

Boost, by Kathy Mackel, is the story of Savvy Christopher, a six foot three inch eighth grader who is new to her school. Her family had to leave New Mexico due to them going bankrupt and have had to move to New England to live with her Aunt. Savvy doesn’t quite fit in to her new peers but loves to play basketball. Savvy tries out for the local basketball team that is for girls 18 and younger after being convinced by another girl she has a chance. Surprisingly she makes the team but now has to tr
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