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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
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Published June 27th 2006 by Yearling (first published February 8th 2005)
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Sep 22, 2015 Justin rated it it was amazing
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
May 05, 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
Anthony Ross
Nov 30, 2010 Anthony Ross rated it liked it
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
Dec 13, 2015 Jay rated it really liked it
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
Oct 24, 2011 Katelyn rated it really liked it
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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
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
Michael Friedland
Oct 15, 2015 Michael Friedland rated it really liked it
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I read the book "Last Shot" by John Feinstein. I thought this was a really good book. I felt like the plot was thought of very well and the author did a good job of making the story interesting. Stevie won a writing competition for sports and got the prize of going to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to watch the Final Four with a press pass. While exploring the Superdome, Stevie overhears a conversation about throwing the championship game or else. Stevie and his new friend Susan Carol have taken th ...more
Jan 15, 2016 Jordan rated it really liked it
This is a very good book to me. I would recommend this book to anyone who like basketball. The beginning was pretty clear as I got more and more into it there were secrets and surprises. I never have read the other books in this series or even other books by John Feinstein. But this was one of the best books I have read. One thing I noticed was the beginning starts off with Stevie's letter and I had no clue what I was reading about at first. The book start to end was like one big mystery that yo ...more
Jackson Stahl
Dec 10, 2015 Jackson Stahl rated it really liked it
The Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery is a book that is great for a young sports fan to read. Susan Carol Anderson and Stevie Thomas (the narrator) are winners of a writing contest in which they receive the prize or attending and writing an article about the college basketball final four. All seemed good and well until they accidentally hear the star player of Minnesota State being blackmailed into blowing the championship game. The teen writers are forced to put their heads together to find out h ...more
Viola Sung
Jul 07, 2015 Viola Sung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 01, 2015 2017claudiag rated it really liked it

The Last Shot by John Feinstein is about two teenage kids, Susan Carol and Stevie. They both won a sports writing competition and got to travel to the Final Four championships in New Orleans. They overhear someone planning to blackmail MSU's best player, Chip Graber. They want to get involved to help him.
In order to be eligible to play basketball, all of the players must maintain a certain grade. Chip's grades were fine but a teacher, Professor Whiting changed it down. No one was aware of what
May 07, 2015 Georgeniethammer rated it really liked it
The Last Shot / The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game, John Feinstein

The Last Shot and The Rivalry are only two incredible books out of John Feinstein’s imagination. These novels are jam packed with sports and mystery. In a nutshell these books are about two young reporters experiencing unfair outside interference on athletics. These Feinstein thrillers are great examples of the importance of standing up for what is morally correct.

John Feinstein is an outstanding author. His books call i
Jamir Mallory
Sep 07, 2014 Jamir Mallory rated it it was amazing
"The Last Shot" is by John Feinstein. The Last Shot is about two teenagers who won a trip to the final four tournament. When the teenagers over hear a couple adults talking about fixing the game they quickly investigate. The two teenagers do everything in their power to help Chip protect his career and his father career.

There are several things that I like about the book. The story is very interesting and entertaining. It's not very complicated nor too long. From the first page down the last pag
Apr 14, 2014 Jack rated it really liked it
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
Mar 11, 2016 Brandon rated it it was amazing
"Last Shot" by John Feinstein is the absolute definition of amazing. I tremendously enjoyed reading this book due to the fact that it has so many twist and turns. The book is so well explained and is incredibly interesting. I personally am not such a fan of basketball but this book had me speechless. The book has so much suspense that you just want to read ahead. For example when Stevie and Carol got kidnapped and chip a star basketball player was in the middle of the game and had to throw the g ...more
Wade Pergola
Mar 29, 2015 Wade Pergola rated it really liked it
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Willie Ren
Jan 08, 2016 Willie Ren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein was a good book, one- it has to do with sports- basketball specifically and two- it has a mystery. The main character Steven Thomas wins the USBWA writing contest. There was another co-winner Susan Anderson, and he falls in love with her. The 2 winners were invited to New Orleans where the Final Four takes place, and he's gonna be a journalist working at the final four with Susan Anderson. The mystery starts when Stevie and Susan were walking ab ...more
3 Elfstrand L
Nov 17, 2015 3 Elfstrand L rated it liked it
Last Shot written by John Feinstein was a decent book, it had a great plot but it went too fast and skipped over major parts but it did have some very good aspects. One of the aspects I liked the most was how he showed great intuition and did the right thing even when it would’ve been easier to not do anything. When Stevie was talking to Graber he said “that’d go down if you don’t throw the game” after talking about the consequences but then he replies saying “or if i get caught throwing it” wh ...more
Auggie R
Mar 03, 2015 Auggie R rated it it was amazing
In the story “Last Shot” by John Feinstein, Stevie Thomas is one of the USBWA writing contest winners. Susan Carol Anderson is the other winner. They both get to go to the NCAA Mens College basketball Final Four. The teams that will be playing in it are Duke, St. Joes, UConn, and Minnesota State led by Chip Graber, an outstanding point guard, coached by his dad, Alan Graber. Before Minnesota State practices, a couple of days before their game, Stevie and Susan Carol were going to try to talk to ...more
Parker Mcminn
Nov 05, 2014 Parker Mcminn rated it it was amazing

My independent reading book was Last Shot, a sports fiction book, by John Feinstein. In the book, the two main characters, Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson won an essay contest to earn a trip to the Final Four. However, it ended up being much more than just a trip to the Final Four. During their journey, they overheard some suspicious people talking about what sounded like a blackmail plan. They spent time doing research, and found out that the plan was to threaten Minnesota State’s star p
Bryan Baker
Apr 28, 2014 Bryan Baker rated it really liked it
This book starts out when one of the main characters Stevie Thomas wins an essay contest. The other main character, Susan Carol Anderson wins it too. As the winners, they go to report the covering of the final four in New Orleans. While they were looking in the area of where CBS sets up, they overhear a conversation between the star player for MSU, Chip Grabber and an unknown man in a gray suit. What they got from the conversation is that Chip is being blackmailed to throw the championship game ...more
Hudson Gray
Sep 20, 2015 Hudson Gray rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Last Shot by John Feinstein. The combination of two things I love, basketball and mysteries, kept me wanting to read more. I have read several books by Feinstein and they continue to be some of my favorites.

Last Shot is the first book in a series about a kid reporter named Stevie who attends major sporting events and solves the mysteries he discovers there. In Last Shot, the first book in the series, Stevie wins a writing contest and travels to New Orleans to cover the Final F
Alex Baca
Mar 28, 2016 Alex Baca rated it really liked it
This book is a thrilling, and fun book to read on your free time. It’s for all ages, and will thrill you with every page. I highly recommend this book for all sports fans out there, but if you aren’t that’s fine too it’s still an amazing book to read! It will keep you on the edge of your seat with drama left and right, and surprising events! Stevie finally got a break, and has been wishing what he’s wanted to do for a long time, by winning a contest to be a sports journalists. He had a ticket to ...more
Brendan Evans
Jan 29, 2016 Brendan Evans rated it it was amazing
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Joez English9
Jan 05, 2015 Joez English9 rated it really liked it
Last Shot by John Feinstein is a sports mystery about two teenage kids who win a writing contest to become kid reporters at the NCAA Mens Basketball Final Four. The main character of the book, Stevie Thomas is a big college basketball fan who dreams of being a professional sports reporter some day. The other contest winner was Susan Carol Anderson, who is from north Carolina, and has a strong southern accent. Stevie was very disappointed to find out that she wrote her winning article about Coach ...more
I thought this book was a good book. I really liked it because there was mystery and and excitement in the book. I understood the book well because i play sports (basketball in this case) so it really helped me when they would talk about 3 pts, or 2 pts. or a 3 point play or and and 1 or something like that. This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout most of the time. It was really cool how the main character got to be like a type of spy in a sort of a way to find out who was blackmaili ...more
Sam Miyata
May 18, 2015 Sam Miyata rated it really liked it
The book I read was " Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery( The Sports Beat #1). It was written by John Feinstein. The book genre was realistic fiction and the category in the genre was mystery. The book is about Susan Carol and Stevie Thomas, the winners of a writing contest who get to go to the final four and are trying to solve a mystery. They overhear a crazy conversation involving Chip Grabber throwing the final game. The book is packed with suspense and they encounter many twisty things. Stevie ...more
Brooke N.
Sep 26, 2015 Brooke N. rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast paced novel, with mystery and sports combined. I powered through this book. The chapters are the perfect length and even though the book is shorter than what I would normally read, I think the length of this book was perfect.
The main characters where enjoyable. And the cute middle grade romance was... cute :). I conected with both of the main characters. I wish I would have gotten a POV from Susan but maybe in the mext book.
The suspense was perfect wit
Charlie J
Objective Summary:

The Last Shot takes place at the NCAA March Madness Final Four, in Memphis,Tennessee. There are 3 main characters. One who is named Steven Thomas who got invited to take part in a reporting career starting, where he gets to interview all of these "Higher-Class" celebrity's. Dad, who is Stevie's guardian who is with him at the Final Four. And the last character who is a big part in the book who is Susan Carol, another contestant winner, that also got invited to go to the Tournam
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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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