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

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  4,023 Ratings  ·  422 Reviews
Steven Thomas is one of two lucky winners of the U.S. 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 eve
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 8th 2005 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Josiah
Apr 24, 2016 Josiah rated it it was ok
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
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
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.
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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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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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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Samuel M
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.
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
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 Diggins
Oct 21, 2016 Ellie Diggins 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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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
Bishop
Jan 31, 2008 Bishop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great thriler with a lot of suspense!
Viola Sung
Jul 07, 2015 Viola Sung rated it really liked it
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Teresa in Ohio
I started this series back in 2013 by reading Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics and enjoyed it but sadly with so many series it feel by the wayside. My commitment to myself this year is to sort through the list of series I have started and abandoned. In this first in the series we are introduced to Stevie and Susan who are winners of a writing contest. Their prize is to write reports for the Final Four in Louisana. It is a good set up for a series but it didnt hold my interest. While co ...more
Ethan Klein
Oct 27, 2016 Ethan Klein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good
James Kluth
Dec 16, 2016 James Kluth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main characters in the story The Last Shot is Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol who are both winners of the USBWA writing contest. This story mostly took place in New Orleans, Louisiana were a NCAA Men’s college basketball tournament is taking place, it’s called March Madness. The tournament is at a point where there is only four teams left, which is called the Final Four. The bracket goes by the First Round, Second Round, Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four, and the Finals. What is happening in the ...more
Avi K
Sep 30, 2016 Avi K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Last Shot by John Feinstein is a very interesting book that will interest people who are into mysteries, and detective type of genres. Unfortunately, it was not the book for me because I was hoping it would be more about basketball than writing articles about the Final Four. The first half of the book did not amuse me at all, but later on it got a little more interesting.
Stevie and Susan Carol are the winners of a writing contest to write about the Final Four. They overhear about one of t
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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
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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
Deep
Dec 06, 2016 Deep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Theme: If you like reading about the theme of young kids making a giant difference and helping out then you will like this realistic fiction.


Summary: The two main characters, Stevie Thomas (from Pennsylvania) and Susan Carol Anderson (from north Carolina), won a writing contest and earned a trip to go to New Orleans, which is where the final four plays, to write articles, interview people, and have fun. Then one day, Stevie overhears a conversation with Chip Graber and Professor Whiting. Profess
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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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Jordan Anderson
You are presented with the opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to cover and be a journalist for the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four, when all of the sudden controversy arises. In the the book Last Shot by John Feinstein, this is the situation the two main characters Stevie and Susan Carol are put in. When they overhear that Minnesota State star Chip Graber is being black-mailed into "throwing" the National Championship game they decide that they must find help to prevent this from occurring.
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Jo Sorrell
Apr 15, 2011 Jo Sorrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For eighth graders Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, March Madness has never been so mad. Both kids are winners of a fourteen-and-under writing contest sponsored by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). The grand prizes have won them trips to the Final Four in New Orleans. Not only will they get to watch the most thrilling college basketball games of the year, but they'll also be considered working journalists for the event. They have press credentials and are expected to report ...more
Vincent Sordini
May 25, 2016 Vincent Sordini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For eighth graders Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, March Madness has never been so mad. Both kids are winners of a fourteen-and-under writing contest sponsored by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). The grand prizes have won them trips to the Final Four in New Orleans. Not only will they get to watch the most thrilling college basketball games of the year, but they'll also be considered working journalists for the event. They have press credentials and are expected to report ...more
Josh Underwood
Jan 13, 2012 Josh Underwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Last Shot
By: John Feinstein
Published Date: 6/27/2006
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Steven (Stevie) Thomas is one of two lucky winners of the U.S. Basketball Writer’s Association’s contest for aspiring journalists. His prize is winning a trip to New Orleans and a press pass to the Final Four. 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 more fiercely competitive than those on the court. Stevie and his fellow winner,
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Andrew  Schmitt
Last Shot is about a boy that is 14 years old named Steven Thomas. Steven is a big writer and that is what he is always doing in his free time. His favorite thing to write about is sports and his favorite sport is basketball. Steven wins a contest and is one of two winners of the U.S basketball writer association award for journalists. As a recipient of this award Steven is awarded a trip to New Orleans to the final four and a press pass. This is Steven’s dream come true and has always dreamed a ...more
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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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