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Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery (The Sports Beat #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  4,102 Ratings  ·  438 Reviews
Danny Jordan is one of two lucky winners of the US Basketball Writer's Association's contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass for the Final Four. It's a basketball junkie's dream come true!
But the games going on behind the scenes between the coaches, the players, the media, the money-men, and the fans turn out to be even
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Published February 22nd 2005 by Listening Library (first published February 8th 2005)
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Josiah
Apr 24, 2016 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The storytelling talents of John Feinstein, author of 1986's classic sports memoir A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers, translate well for the youth set. He knows how to structure a mystery with plot twists guaranteed to keep readers off balance. He writes intriguing, flavorful characters, not settling for paper dolls to inhabit the clever mystery he's created; Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are realistic kids with genuine motivations, who require time ...more
Shalyn
Feb 10, 2017 Shalyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book its about a boy name Stevie and a young girl name Susan Carol they are trying to find out who blank-mailed one of the basketball stars to lose the championship game. I like this book because i like it how they are trying to find someone who did a bad thing.
Justin
Sep 03, 2015 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was a very good book. It has a very good plot and there is never a moment where you want to put the book down. I would recommend this book to anybody who wants a sports book with a mystery twist and also a little bit of a romantic part in it. I would also recommend the other books in this series, as I have read a couple of them. I would tell them to read this book first though, because this is the book that tells how the main characters, Stevie and Susan Carol, meet each other. ...more
Anthony Ross
Dreams do Come True:
Kids can be Adults Sometimes,

Stevie Thomas read the letter once, and then twice, then a third time to be sure it was real. Then he started screaming. “Mom! Mom! Mom!” (3) As if something was wrong... This realistic fiction story, written by John Feinstein, takes place in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during modern times. One of the main characters is Stevie Thomas. I rated this book a three out of five stars because it was a good book but it wasn’t the best one that
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Samuel M
Jan 20, 2017 Samuel M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the main character is Stevie. This takes place in new Orleans. The main conflict is that Stevie wins an essay contest and he is invited to the final 4 games of basketball where he is a student reporter. I like this book because it tells a different perspective view. I don't like it because he is a student reporter he should be a basketball player.
Tristan
Mar 25, 2017 Tristan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the primary themes running through the novel is right versus wrong. Because in this book Stevie and Susan never know who to trust and to know who right or wrong. Because there are so many people who are not trustworthy and who are trustworthy throughout the book and Stevie and Susie can really find out who to trust

Last Shot is a sports Novel by John Feinstein. The story is about the two main characters, Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson. Both kids are in junior high and winners of th
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Eli Lindsey
I think overall this book was ok. It didn't captivate me as much as I was hoping for. I do think it was interesting that instead of a basketball book about the game of basketball, it was more of a mystery that goes on behind scenes. I feel like it dragged on a lot in the middle and some details didn't need to be there. In the end there were quite a few plot twists between who was involved and who wasn't in the scandal. that made it interesting. Overall I just never got into it and never felt lik ...more
Jared Snapp
Apr 20, 2017 Jared Snapp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for basketball players or people who like basketball. I could not put this book down once I started. John Feinstein is a very good author. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes reading.
Spike Childs
Jan 29, 2017 Spike Childs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scandals have fascinated the public since the founding of time. In America, journalists have seen them as a miracle, a hit story for the ages. This is no exception for Steven Thomas, who stumbles on the story of the century. Stevie Thomas must overcome many obstacles throughout the story to solve the mystery at the final four and write the story that will make or break his future career.
In The Last Shot by John Feinstein, a young boy name Stevie Thomas living in Pennsylvania applies for a young
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Katelyn
Oct 23, 2011 Katelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: class-books
Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery is by a well-respected sports author, John Feinstein. Feinstein was born on July 28th 1956 in New York, and then went on to graduate from Duke University where his love for college basketball began. With a degree in journalism, he was hired as an intern for the Washington Post. In 1985 he took a brief break to work on his first book, then moved to New York City and got a new job with Sports Illustrated in 1989. He began his best-selling career with A Season on th ...more
Yahya Medani
Jan 18, 2017 Yahya Medani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last Shot : a final four mystery. Is part of a six book series called The sports beat. They are all books about mysteries in sport. This book is completely fictional but does have a few characters that exist in real life.
I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was an absolutely awesome book. Suspenseful and full of surprises. The book was about a boy called Stevie and a girl called Susan Carol who won a writing contest to got to the final four. As soon as they arrive they are looking aroun
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7robbie
I thought Last Shot was a very good book that was very exciting and suspenseful. I thought it was good because i could relate to it because it's about the Final Four and I watch that on TV every year. Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson went to the Final Four in New Orleans because they won a writing contest. I watched Kentucky defeat Kansas in the championship game when the Final Four was in New Orleans last season. The book is about a star player at Minnesota State University that is gettin ...more
Jay
Dec 13, 2015 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last Shot is a novel by the best-selling author John Feinstein. Feinstein is a Duke graduate and former sports writer. The story follows the two main characters, Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson. Both kids are in junior high and winners of the U.S. Basket ball Writers Association essay contest. As winners of the contest, Stevie and Susan Carol act as student reports covering the Final Four in New Orleans.While looking around in the area where CBS sets up during the Final Four, Stevie and S ...more
Ellie D
Oct 21, 2016 Ellie D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My librarian was correct!

I'm not a girl whose involved with sport news and sport related things, or a sport book fan. Meaning, I didn't understand a few terms in here. However, this was a pretty good book!

Last Shot is about a girl and a boy who win a writing contest. The prize: to see the Final Four tournament. They also become the weekend's newspaper sports columnists about the game. Not everything goes as planned when they overhear a student-athlete and a teacher talking. What happens next ma
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Michael Friedland
Sep 09, 2015 Michael Friedland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mark Zedrick
Nov 10, 2016 Mark Zedrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a boy named Stevie that got in into the final four to play basketball. Also, they alway go out with his dad to watch and play basketball games. I like when he really got in the final four because he did it. I did not like it if he did not want to go to the final four. I would recommend this book to people liking basketball.
Delaney
Nov 28, 2013 Delaney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my thought of the book last shot by john feinstein was a really good book for basketball fiend Steven Thomas its like a dream come true.he also won a writing contest and now he is in new Orleans
Brelahn
Aug 30, 2008 Brelahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is awesome accpecially if you like basketball
Viola Sung
Jul 07, 2015 Viola Sung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bishop
Jan 31, 2008 Bishop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great thriler with a lot of suspense!
Sebastian Czajkowski
3,2,1, the sound of the shot clock went off BUZZZZ! Do you like reading and writing? Do you like sports? That describes Stevie Thomas in the Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein. This realistic fiction novel that takes place in New Orleans, Lousiana and is based on Stevie Thomas.
Stevie Thomas is any writer you can ask for, he loves all genres and is also a very good writer. He was one of two winners to win the USBWA writing contest. Because of winning this contest he received a trip
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Josh Dahlke
May 30, 2017 Josh Dahlke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book “Last Shot” by John Feinstein, two 8th graders, Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, love the March Madness tournament. For them, March Madness is the best time of year. It causes anger, frustration, stress, but also is very exciting, electrifying, and a high competitive guessing game. At the beginning of the book both kids become winners of a fourteen-and-under writing contest sponsored by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. The grand prize had won them a trip to the Final F ...more
Pysen Kinchiro
This book is about a boy named steve. Steve is one of the best sports writer finding out things about the whole team. Steve now focus on who is doing things to hurt the basketball team. Steve would go through random stuff just to figure out what. I like this book because steve learns a lot of basketball just like me.
Hank Grumpy Gringol
The book I didn't finish was "The Last Shot" by John Feinstein. Some of the main characters are Stevie Thomas as the main character, Susan Carol, Stevie's parents, the teams coaches, Tony Kornheiser. This story takes place at Stevie's house, MSU, New Orleans, and the basketball court.

This book starts off in Stevie's house with him reading a letter. Stevie won a writing contest so he now is going to New Orleans to compete in a competition. Stevie and Susan are both coached by Tony they both hav
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Israd Mpeko
Mar 10, 2017 Israd Mpeko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last Shot by John Feinstein really demonstrates that for every action there is a consequence. Stevie and Susan Carol two winners of the U.S. basketball writing tournaments were invited to New Orleans to attend March Madness. At first I thought it was just going to be another boring sports book, but instead what I got was what happens behind the scenes. While there Susan Carol and Stevie overheard something they shouldn't have about a player. They're just trying to help him and expose the truth. ...more
Jordan
Mar 10, 2017 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gaten
Apr 07, 2013 Gaten rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book starts off by explaining that Stevie won a writing contest and in doing so, he was given the opportunity to write an article at the Final Four. It then goes on to explain that sports, basketball in particular, have always been a big part of Stevie's life. Throughout the first 3rd or 4th of it, Stevie, the main character and Susan Carol, the other contest winner, were basically walking around the stadium and meeting other reporters. Stevie got to interview the Coach from Duke and Stevie ...more
Evan Panageas
Evan Panageas
English A period
September 2, 2016


The Last Shot by John Feinstein
Stevie, is a thirteen year old boy that has a strong interested in sports writing. His strong passion leads him to entering a writing contest. If your writing piece is strong enough, then you and a fellow writer shall win a trip to the College March Madness Final Four. Hence Stevie's writing skills he won the contest. Once Stevie gets to the Final Four, he meets the co-winner Susan Carol Anderson. These are the two main
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Lizzie
Mar 02, 2010 Lizzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Last Shot," by John Feinstein is a book on realistic fiction. In this story, Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol are the eighth graders that entered a writing contest sponsored by the U.S basketball writers association (USBWA), and won. The grand prize was a trip to the Final Four in New Orleans. They both recieved passes for this event to get backstage and they were considered working jounalists. Stevie says this will not be his only trip to the final four because he wishes to be a journalist in his ...more
Todd L.
March 15, 2012
Last Shot


The plot of this book seemed to move along slowly…and then it got to the point where it seemed almost impossible to put down. Stevie Thomas, an eighth grader from Philadelphia, was one of the Winners of a USBWA competition. The other winner? A tall, extremely pretty and intelligent southern girl named Susan Carol. The prize for winning this competition was a trip to the Final Four in New Orleans and the winners received a press pass to the series of games. The problem/con
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John Feinstein is one of the nation’s most successful and prolific sports authors who has written 24 books to date. His most recent work Are You Kidding Me? , written with Rocco Mediate, was released on May 18, 2009, and is presently on the shelf at bookstores everywhere. In addition, he is an award-winning columnist and regular contributor in both radio and television.

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