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

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New York Times bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein exposes the real “March Madness”—behind the scenes at the Final Four basketball tournament.

When Stevie wins a writing contest for aspiring sports journalists, his prize is a press pass to the Final Four in New Orleans. While exploring the Superdome, he overhears a plot to throw the championship game. With the help of...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Yearling (first published February 8th 2005)
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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...more
Katelyn
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
Jack
The Last Review
I read the book The Last Shot By John Feinstein. This is a very mysterious college basketball mystery. This book is realistic fiction. There are about three main characters Steven Thomas, Susan Carol, and a special character that comes in at the end. That special character is one of the college players in the Final Four. "The last shot" gets him into the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
This is a very good basketball book, also with a mystery. In the book, a boy named Stevie T...more
Swaggy B
I think that Last Shot by John Feinstein to me is a very inspiring book. I think its a inspiring book because I have dreams like that to. This book relates to my life because I want to go to the final four and win the championship. This is a really good book for kids that want to become a artist or become a sports athlete. The way that Stevie wants to win the prize, shows how much he cares about the prize. Also he wants to go with his dad which also shows how much he loves his dad and how much h...more
Montrell
The Last shot is about a boy whose dream comes true when he get to cover one of the biggest college baskeball game in NCAA history. I think the Last Shot was an extremly good book that keeps readers on the edge of there seats.The reading is effective, because it kept me wanting too read. The strong points of the book is when the author keeps the readers guessing. I couldn't really find any weak points.If I reccomend this book for anyone who likes mysteries, if so you will live this book. I agree...more
Delaney
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
Tyler Sherwin
The book Last Shot by John Feinstein is about a boy named Steven Thomas who wins a trip to a college basketball game during March madness. There, he meets the other winner named Susan. After they settled in they were given all access passes to talk to the players, coaches etc. One day while they were roaming around the halls they over heard a conversation, talking about how they are black mailing one of the MSU players. They both then want to help and try to solve who "the man in the suit was",...more
Brelahn
this book is awesome accpecially if you like basketball
Bishop
great thriler with a lot of suspense!
Keegan 1Tran
One of the strategies I used was the previewing strategy. Before I read this book I knew it would be a basketball story because the title is “Last Shot”. ; One of the clues was on the cover, there was a picture of a basketball .

The second reading strategy I used was connecting to the character Steven Thomas. He is very excited to go and see the NCAA teams compete in march madness. "Stevie was up at seven in the mourning barley able to control his excitement".(Feinstein 9). I too was very excited...more
Jo Sorrell
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
Mudassir
When I first picked up this book, I expected it to be a book describing amazing shots and the on and off-court controversy of a basketball player. However, this book disappointed me because it was more of a mystery than a basketball novel. The author spent most of the book discussing what happens to Stevie Thomas and Susan Anderson, the main characters of the book. The two won a nationwide contest to attend the Final Four basketball game occurring in New Orleans, where they will be considered as...more
Margaret
7/9/12 ** Started this last night & finally stopped on p. 57. I may as well have kept reading, because the characters haunted my early attempts at sleep. I always think that's a sign of good writing. :)

And, now...I've spent the whole day reading this instead of the work/school-related reading that I was supposed to be doing. I suppose that we might be able to say this was work-related, since it's a middle-grades book and I definitely plan to talk it up to my 4th graders. HOWEVER, it definite...more
Joe
Last Shot
Author:John Feinstien
Book report by: Joseph Bergin



Steven Thomas, a fourteen year old reporter from Philadelphia, wins a reporting contest with a girl named Susan Carol. Both Steven and Susan get invited to cover the exciting Final Four basketball tournament in New Orleans. But when Steven, Susan and their fathers arrive, Steven and Susan overhear a conversation with MSU’s star pointguard Chip Grabler and another man. The man was black-mailing Chip to ensure their team lose the final ga...more
Dana
I listened to the Audio version of this book so my views might be a little squed. I don't know about anyone else, but hearing the name Susan Carol all the time drove me insane. Why did she have to have a long name and why did her name have to be brought up constantly?

If you like basketball and mysteries, then this book is for you. Last shot is about a boy named Stevie who is a hardcore basketball fan and a writer. He enters a writing contest and gets chosen as one of the winners with a girl name...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...more
Shally Clark
Summary: Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol are two 13-year-old winners of a national writing competition. Their prize is being student press writer at the Final Four Tournament as a part of March Madness. It was a dream come true for both of them. While there they both encountered a MSU player being blackmailed and threatened to throw the championship game. This encounter changed their entire experience and instead of student journalists they changed into investigative journalists to solve the myste...more
Tom Gase
I was very, very pleasantly surprised with this book. This was the 20th book I've read by John Feinstein, but the first fiction book I've read by him. The book is for the young adult crowd and it actually had me on the edge the whole time. It's also entertaining for me because it's about two young writers who are both in junior high school. The two writers win a writing contest and are awarded a prize to cover the Final Four college basketball tournament in New Orleans. Only the weekend doesn't...more
Justin
Last Shot, by John Feinstein is an excellent book. It is a thumb’s up for many reasons. It is about two kids that win a trip to the Final Four basketball tournament. There, there is a big blackmail scandal with a mystery that they coincidentally overheard, but have to solve. The best aspect about the author is that he made a very good plot; he made the book very interesting, and knew what he was talking about. For example, he included detailed information about the people involved in the final f...more
Joe Da
In the book the Last Shot by John Feinstein is expiring book that show us to chase are dreams. The main charters in the book are Stevie thomas and Susan Carol Anderson they both write essays so that they can chase there dreams of being a sports boardcaster. The story takes place at March Madness which is a college basketball tournament. Both Stevie and Susan write a essay so that they can be picked to attend the March Madness with a all access pass to get on the court.
Both Stevie and Susan win...more
Gabe Newman
I give this book 3/5 stars. It has a lot of mystery. It is a little slow through out the book. But all the events finally come together and the ending is really good. I like mysteries because I enjoy to be suprised. I also like the topic of the final four and basketball. It also has a lot about writing because the steve the main character is a writer and enjoys it. I like writing too and I enjoy making connections with characters I am reading.

This book is about Steve Thomas, a 14 year old writer...more
Josh Underwood
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,...more
Mitchell Appleton
Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

Summary: If you like sitting on the edge of your seat in anticipation, this book is for you. This book is about two young sports writers who stumble upon a big secret of one of the best college basketball players in the country; Chip Grabber. Trying to help Chip fix his problem as best as they can, they find themselves in some deep trouble.

Commentary: The best part of the novel to me was when the two kids overhear Chip talk to professor Whiting about fixing the gam...more
Gaten
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
Lizzie
"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
Mindi
I had to share, because this made me laugh...

The other day, my beau asked me,"Now that you're a librarian, do they make you read a lot of crap that you don't want to read?" This made me raise an eyebrow. Apparently, he had seen this book on the kitchen table and wondered why I was reading it.

A disclaimer: Last Shot is on the required reading list for my fifth grade students competing in our Reading Olympics program (basically a battle of the books), so I do have to read it. That aside, I actual...more
Daran Washington
May 08, 2013 Daran Washington is currently reading it
It has a lot of mystery. It is a little slow through out the book. But all the events finally come together and the ending is really good. I like mysteries because I enjoy to be suprised. I also like the topic of the final four and basketball. It also has a lot about writing because the steve the main character is a writer and enjoys it.

This book is about Steve Thomas, a 14 year old writer. Steve and Susan Carol Anderson are winners of the United States Basketball Writing Association writing co...more
04dakotac
Have you ever been blackmailed? Well in the book the “Last Shot” Chip Graber was being blackmailed during the final four. Four people from M.S.U blackmailing a basketball superstar Chip Graber, and it’s up to two young reporters to stop the blackmail.
Steven Thomas one of two winners for the USBWA contest and Susan Carol Anderson the other winner of the writing contest, and were selected to go the Final Four in New Orleans. When they both got there, a couple of people took them to their hotel. Th...more
Ilesh
a. Realistic Fiction/ Mystery
b. 251 pages
c.The Last Shot by John Feinstein is a book about Stevie Thomas, Susan Carol Anderson, and Chip Graber. Stevie and Susan Carol are USBWA competition winners. They are both excellent writers. Chip is a basketball star from Minnesota State. Someone has black-mailed Chip to lose the championship game in New Orleans. Chip's dad is the coach and he is also part of the blackmail. Chip needs help from many people to resolve this issue. As they move forward in th...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.

John Feinstein is a 1977 gr...more
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