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

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  3,271 ratings  ·  331 reviews
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
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
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
Viola Sung
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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
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
"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
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
Wade Pergola
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Auggie R
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

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
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
Joez English9
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
Sam Miyata
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
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
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
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
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
Lavear Whitney
The Last Shot
John Feinstein
This book is about an eight grader writer named Stevie. Stevie wins a big competition and earns himself a trip to the final four basketball games as a reporter. He and the other winner, Susan Carol encounter a blackmail and try to help figure it all out.
This book was only average. It was a fun but kind of obvious what would happen. One time that was a fun part to read was when Stevie got past the security to see Chip Graber (a star player). It was really cool how Chip
Last Shot was a novel about two young reporters that have discovered one of the biggest scandals in sports. A star player on Minnesota State got his transcript edited so that it showed he had an F in a class, when in reality, he had a B. The student is named Chip Graber, and that F would make him ineligible to play in the College Championship game. He was being blackmailed just for betting purposes by that teacher. I liked all of the suspense throughout the story, and that it was about basketba ...more
Ryan Hamilton
Last Shot
John FeinStein

This book is about two young teens who are very good with writing. They win a trip to the NCAA Final Four for winning a writing contest. WHile they are down there they encounter a blackmail and have to figure everything out. This book was very engaging and intriguing. I really liked how they included real life people, when he first got down to New Orleans he met Dick Vitale and they interacted. I recommend this book to kids who like all sports and basketball especially. If
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
this book is awesome accpecially if you like basketball
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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