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Summer Ball (Danny Walker #2)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  6,073 Ratings  ·  529 Reviews
The sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Travel Team!

When you ?re the smallest kid playing a big man?s game, the challenges never stop?especially when your name is Danny Walker. Leading your travel team to the national championship may seem like a dream come true, but for Danny, being at the top just means the competition tries that much harder to knock him off. Now
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Published June 1st 2009 by Scholastic (first published May 15th 2007)
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Tim Jordan
Nov 13, 2013 Tim Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "Summer Ball" is a realistic fiction by Mike Lupica. It is about a thirteen year old boy who is the son of a former NBA player that goes to a summer basketball camp. The boy, Danny, has one of his dads old coaches coaching him. But this coach hated Danny's dad and is really hard on Danny and he makes the camp miserable. Danny also runs into a kid named Rasheed who he had played against in the national championship the year before. This made matters worse because Rasheed hated Danny and ...more
Turner Myers
Feb 24, 2015 Turner Myers is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Blake Carpenter
It all takes place in a city called Morrisville a small city in Maine were there are 4 friends Tess Hewitt who plays tennis and her and Danny kind of have a relationship were its more than just friends and Danny Walker’s mom and dad finally got back together. His dad was a former NBA player but a car accident forced him into an early retirement. Ty is a tall guy that is very good at basketball all around. Will is kind of short but is a lights out three point shooter. There is a camp called Right ...more
Paul Averill
Aug 27, 2013 Paul Averill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the book Summer Ball by Mike Lupica a kid named Danny Walker is the smallest kid out there playing basketball. He play's travel basketball and is trying to get his team to the National Championships, but he has many challenges from getting there. His travel team has people two years ahead of him , so it makes it really hard for him to play the game he loves.

I really liked this book because it's a great adventure. It is a great adventure because danny, the smallest guy on the team, leads his
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Steven
Jan 14, 2009 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was really good, mainly because I luv sports books. Even if u don't like sports books you shuld still like this book.
Yoav
Sep 30, 2015 Yoav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summer Ball
Mike Lupica
“A ball in his hands always made him feel smarter.” -Ali Walker (Danny’s dad). Summer Ball by Mike Lupica is about a kid called Danny who is very tiny, but still has a very big talent and dream. Basketball. He goes to a basketball camp where there are players just like him who have very big goals to become great basketball players when they grow up. During the camp Danny goes through many ups and downs to play the game of big men.

Before Danny goes to camp he persuades hi
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JackG
Apr 01, 2008 JackG rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer Ball, by Mike Lupica, is the second book in the Danny Walker series. Danny is a basketball obsessed 13-year-old point guard who has to face the same problem over and over again, Danny is too short. In the time between first book of the series, Travel Team, Danny leads his town’s (Middletown) team to the national championship. But on the way, Danny made a few rivals, such as Rasheed. Rasheed was the point guard of the team that Danny’s team played. Rasheed never let go of that game after l ...more
Andrew Kiley
Dec 04, 2014 Andrew Kiley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a good book because it had a good storyline and plot. It followed that, and I think the book proved a point. You down have to be tall to be good for basketball. Overall the book was great and you should read it.
Muhammed J
Mar 20, 2017 Muhammed J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Matthew
Sep 23, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aidan
Feb 20, 2017 Aidan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oy yah
Elliot Cummins
Mar 14, 2017 Elliot Cummins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good book about how a kid pursue his dreams even though other kids and adults said that he was to short to do anything. Danny is a very short kid from the beginning, but that didn't stop him from trying to be the best basketball player in town. This is all put up to the test when Danny joins a camp called right way camp that has college and professional coaches there to help the kids. Danny instantly does not like the camp, but it all gets better at the end. This book reminds me ...more
Kade C
Mar 08, 2017 Kade C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summer ball is about a boy named Danny walker who goes to a basketball summer camp called right way. When Danny gets to right way he is put into a cabin with the younger kids instead of being with his friends. The second day of camp he is put onto a team with his friend will and Rasheed Hill who he played in the book before this, in the championship that Danny's team won. Danny's coach is an old college coach who is very strict and does not like Danny very much. Danny struggles at the beginning ...more
Tommy S
Jan 15, 2016 Tommy S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Summer Ball
By Mike Lupica
Have you ever work you butt off for a coach that doesn’t respect you and you game. Summer Ball by Mike Lupica is a Book about basketball and playing for a coach that doesn't like you from a kid named danny's past. I read this book because I like sports books and the author Mike Lupica. I loved this book and i hope whoever reads it next will love it too.


The setting of this book is in the summer for the entire story, and it takes place in Danny’s hometown, Middletown,
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Zuhaad Hameed
Oct 29, 2015 Zuhaad Hameed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Old as Time:

Mike Lupica in “Summer Ball” show no matter how much times you’ll write a basketball story, you could be creative and create a great novel. The novel consists of ideas that were never thought of before. Sure a kid going to a summer camp is often used in novels, but the way Lupica shows the characters and what make them unique clash on and off the court makes it realistic, yet creative. For example, the main character Danny is often serious and focused no matter what he does. Howev
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Gus
Mar 19, 2015 Gus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very good. The book's main character is a boy named Danny. Danny loves to play basketball even though he is a lot shorter than everyone he plays against. During the summer he is scheduled to go to a basketball camp with his friends. He has a friend named Tess who he secretly likes. One day Tess and Danny get in a fight and Tess ends up storming away from Danny crying. Danny feels really bad and he leaves Middleton in a very bad funk. When he arrives at camp he learns that his bad l ...more
Adam Batten
Sep 08, 2015 Adam Batten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


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I liked the book Summer Ball, because I like sports books. I also like the author, Mike Lupica, and realistic fiction books. This book was taking me longer to read, because I am a slow reader. I also liked the part when the main character was starting to become friends with a kid that use to be mean to him. I disliked the part when the main character faked an injury, and lied to everyone. I can’t relate to the main character, because I do not play basketball, and don’t fake inj
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Timothy Thomas
Oct 01, 2014 Timothy Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Danny Walker and his friends go to a summer camp to play basketball for the summer. Danny is nervous from the start because even though their travel team ended up winning the championship there are always people who want to knock you down. When he arrives at the camp he learns that his name was left off the bunk list and he has to room with the younger kids. He takes this news surprisingly well considering the fact that he has issues with people thinking he is youn
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Chase Lindsay
Nov 21, 2016 Chase Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a basketball fan, and want a story to keep you reading then this is a great book for you. Summer Ball by Mike Lupica is my favorite book that I have read. It is about a kid who plays on a basketball team with his friends but the coach doesn't like him very well. Also, him and his girlfriend broke and she moved away so he is bummed out on how he messed up his chances with her. He thinks he will never see the court, or her again. All that changed when he...

I like everything about this b
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Connor
May 25, 2009 Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Danny Walker is a basketball superstar for his age but he has one big problem. He’s not tall and in fact, short compared to his tough competition. After he lead his team to the championship the previous year as the guard, he is off to an elite basketball camp in Maine this summer. He is worried that the competition will be tough at camp where everyone is bigger and stronger than him. The main conflict in this story is Danny’s self confidence and whether he believes he can rise above the rest. H ...more
Zach Combs
Jan 22, 2014 Zach Combs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is probably the best sports book ive ever read.
Its about a 13 year-old boy named Danny Walker. Danny has been told his whole life that he's too short, but he's a very talented basketball player. He goes to Rightway Basketball Camp for the summer. While at the camp, Danny meets his arch rival Raheed. Danny and Rasheed have a history of battling it out in AAU games. The head instructor at the camp always seems to favor Rasheed, and Danny feels hated. The camp holds a yearly tournament,
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Cameron
May 11, 2015 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Danny Walker is a great basketball player. He has to face the same problem over and over again, he is to short. In the time between first book of the series, "Travel Team", Danny leads his town’s team to the national championship. But on the way, Danny made a few rivals, such as Rasheed. Rasheed was the point guard of the team that Danny’s team played. Rasheed never let go of that game after losing on National T.V. So when Danny goes to Right Way basketball camp, and ends up on the same team as ...more
Burning Phoenix63
in this book danny walker is going to a summer camp in maine. when he got there he makes new friends and meet up with rasheed the kid danny beat in the championship. danny was seperated from his friends and was on the same team as rasheed and his coachwas mean.there was alot of compotetiton. there was this jerk named lumar who was pretty good but he picked on danny.at first they did not start off bad and the coach, coach powers did not play danny.at one game danny shot the ball at the buzzard an ...more
Jordan Parker

Summer Ball
By:Mike Lupica
I loved this book. The reason why is one I love sports and it was about sports and second this kid name Danny had to go to this camp and he kept doubting himself early in the camp,because people kept getting in his head. His dad went to the same camp when he was young. There really wasn't a area but it was taking place at Middletown middle school and at a Right Way camp. The main characters were Danny, Will, Rasheed, Richie Walker, Coach Powers, Lamar, Tess, Tj. Danny
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Jackson Beaudry
May 18, 2015 Jackson Beaudry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very good with a kid that had a huge love for basketball practicing almost every night at home. His background in basketball was when his mom and dad divorced and left nobody to coach his team, but him. He led them to the championship game, Danny was a very small kid and 13, against a Baltimore team with a kid named Rasheed who was about six feet tall and also thirteen. Now he is going to a basketball camp for 4 months to play basketball were also Rasheed is going to. Danny makes m ...more
Sarvar
Oct 02, 2014 Sarvar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title of the book: Summer Ball
Author: Mike Lupica
Summary: Danny Walker is a teenager basketball player that is really small and short. His parents, Ali and Richie Waker sign him up for a basketball camp called Right Way. When he gets to the camp with his best buds, Will and Ty, he meets new people and his coach. Will doesn't like Coach Power, and he goes through a lot of difficult problems and adventures at the camp.
Opinion on the book: I really liked the book because it was really interesting a
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Alex Hemmelgarn
Dec 03, 2015 Alex Hemmelgarn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave the book Summer Ball a 4/5 because the beginning wasn't exciting. If a book isn't exciting for me, I can't understand it that well.

I would recommend this book to people who like sports books. I would recommend this book because the ending was very exciting, if you understand basketball terms. If you don't like basketball that much, then I wouldn't recommend this book.

The book starts out with Danny going to a basketball camp. He isn't very happy with it when he gets there. He finds out tha
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Noah Shutan
Sep 13, 2012 Noah Shutan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summer Ball is the best book I have ever read. It is 340 pages and i read it in one week, I am a really slow reader. This book is about a kid who goes to an overnight basketball camp. The best players in the u.s. are going and he really doesn't want to go. He meets up with his enemy who he beat in the national championship, and they have a interesting relationship. He also has a coach who he really doesn't like. His coach doesn't like the style of play he uses so him and his coach are never in ...more
P4JoshW2015
Oct 05, 2015 P4JoshW2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Danny is 13 and is not satisfied with his height, nor is he looking forward to what it is going to be when he grows up. Despite his worries, he is still an outstanding basketball player in which he proves at summer camp with many skilled kids. Danny his his friends, but also had his enemies. Rasheed is considered an enemy, but they must put there hatred of each other behind them as their skills come together to face Lamar, known as one of the best ball players at camp. This book is a great read ...more
Thomas McNabb
Apr 30, 2015 Thomas McNabb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked reading this book by Mike Lupica and a big reason I did is because I could relate to it. I also liked this book because it is a sports thriller full of suspense and you can't predict what will happen next. There is this punk in the book and his name is Lamar. Him and Danny are about to fight. All of a sudden Lamar rears his arm back and... Read the book to find out what happens. I recommend this book to anybody that loves reading sports thrillers. I definateley rate this book 5 st ...more
Austin Williams
Aug 21, 2013 Austin Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a very interesting book if you are in to basketball or the favored author; Mike Lupica. Throughout the book the main character, Danny flies through a summer leaugue season with his team, the Celtics. Over the season, Danny specifies that his coach does not have complete faith in him. So he quickly earns his coaches trust back. But things may or may not go down hill from there... Hmmmmm.. You will have to read this book; Summer Ball by Mike Lupica to find out how the Celtics' season goes ...more
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