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The Perfect Shot

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  404 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Someone murdered Brian's girfriend, Amanda. The police think it was her father. Brian isn't so sure. But everyone he knows is telling him to move on, get over it, focus on the present. Focus on basketball. Focus on hitting the perfect shot. Brian hopes that the system will work for Amanda and her father. An innocent man couldn't be wrongly convicted, could he?
But then Bri
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published 2006 by Carolrhoda Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Tyler Tulloch In my opinion... It is not a very good book. I think the plot is pretty boring until the very end, which still failed to surprise me. The characters…moreIn my opinion... It is not a very good book. I think the plot is pretty boring until the very end, which still failed to surprise me. The characters were ok, but some were just useless and boring. But this is my just my opinion and others may think differently and like this book. So to actually know if you like it, you should read it and find out.(less)
Kevion Alexander yes i liked the book because it was talking about sports and a whole bunch of stuff and one dude get arrested and stuff so yea i liked the it just…moreyes i liked the book because it was talking about sports and a whole bunch of stuff and one dude get arrested and stuff so yea i liked the it just haave a whole bunch of stuff (less)

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Tyler Tulloch
This book was OK. It failed to capture my attention through out the book, and had many unimportant scenes that have no correlation to the story's outcome. The mystery of the book was pretty plain...
I would have given this book a 2.5 star if it were available because it was Ok, but just not as interesting as I would have liked and fails to captures the readers attention.
Might have liked this book better if I played basketball...
The Perfect Shot by Elaine Marie A teenage boy who's best friend was killed, and the main suspect became her father. But he believes he has other evidence of someone else who did it. To me Brian seems very courageous, strong and smart man. An example of Brian being strong is when he went against his father and decided to bail his best friend Julian out of jail."I know you like Julius" he says slowly" but it sounds as if he's really gotten himself into trouble this time. I don't think we should g ...more
This was a very intriguing book - lots of excellent basketball scenes that helped tell a story which was part mystery, part identity search, and part commentary on justice. The teenage protagonist must research a real-life murder case from the early 20th century that parallels a murder case ongoing in his life, and he must make a decision about how much of a part he will play in the current one.
Much is said about differences between people and how we make assumptions that shut off acceptance of
Deanthony Curry
The book the perfect shot was a good book it just took a long time to really tell what brian did after his girlfriend got killed. This book was much too long the story could have been told in half the length. There was also a point in the book were i forgot what i was reading about because they went kind off the subject. But other than that the book was very good they told deep details when they talked about something or described something.

It was also a book of thoughts in life because u can re
Patrick McNally
this book was about a high school basketball player who's girlfriend's family was killed (including herself) by an unknown murder. they suspect that the father was the killer but Brian doesnt agree. he has guilt that is building up in his chest because he thinks that he could have saved her from being killed. and on top of all of this tragedy brian has to deal with school work and most of all basketball. i learned from this book that to never let guilt build up on you because it can ruin your li ...more
Griffin Tebrugge
I think the author's purpose was to show people can be accused of something and be innocent. In the book, Mr. Dian was accused of killing his family which includes the main character's best friend. One more purpose of the story is to show how hard someone's job can get. Such as the lawyer who proves Mr. Dian is innocent, which took a lot of hard work and dedication.

I believe the theme is to trust yourself. You should do this because Brian who is the main character in the book doesn't trust hims
Noah Oxley
In this book, I think the author's purpose was to let people realize that some people can be falsely accused of something they didn't do or something they shouldn't have gotten in trouble for. In this story, Mr Dian is falsely accused of murdering his two children and wife when he was actually innocent. Also another purpose was to show how hard it is to be a lawyer. Even though some people hate them, we need to respect them for their hard work and difficult jobs.

I think the theme of this book is
Danielle Babcock
Brian's girlfriend was shot. The murderer was not found but the police has a long investigation to find him. Some people may say that the book was good but I say that the book was down right BORING. It take a long while for the book to get up and going and even when the book get started it still never gets interesting. The murder was never solved so i mean why read it if you never find out who it is unless there is a second book where they find the killer and end the mystery. Even the book was q ...more
John Arrowsmith
It was a pretty good book. It is one of those books that switches back and forth between past and present so if you like that sort of thing than you should read this. It is about a young boy who is a basketball star. His girlfriend gets murdered and he is torn between the case and his basketball career. Unable to focus on basketball with the thought of the murder on his mind. He attempts to find out who murdered her and her family.
Michael Wheaton
It was a really good book it had mystery, and it also had violence. I love books about mystery and violence and it had both. This book was very resplendent. At first when I was reading the book I thought this is going to be boring, but then in the middle of chapter twelve it started to get really good. Finally at chapter thirteen Brian, and the basket ball team where playing the warriors and the won 83 to 78. In the middle of the book Brian is trying to find out who killed his girls friend Amand ...more
I was laughing to myself as I read the previous reviews on this book. Why? They all recommended it for teenage GUYS. Not that that's not probably the case most of the time, us girls like it too! It did switch back and forth between the past and present a bit though, but it's a really great book, especially if you like basketball. Brings up a few good points too.
This book was a very interesting and thrilling book. I liked it because it has a lot of suspense leading up to the present. It has a lot of moments that reminds me of moments of my life. Julius is my favorite character he reminds me of myself in someways. This book has a lot of potential to inspire teenager. People sometimes judge books by there cover but for this book its cover even looks great. This book really interests me how it has chapters that basically describe the basketball games. I li ...more
Tommy Mann
The book to me was okay it was slow to get into for me. It had a lot of the same thing all of them would say it all the time that was weird to me. It was okay at the parts where it got really good but then it would slow down to me like a lot. I would not read it again if I had to I have had better books then this one in my old schools. The words were really big so it was a easy to read for me. And it was kind of long for how the story was going to me it should have been maybe 200 or 250 pages no ...more
i didnt care much for the book myself mainly becouse i dont like sports that much but i found it interesting and easy to read although i did learn some new vocabulary words. my favourit part was probably when brian came in contact with the killer. The whole morall i got out of it was that working as a team will be more efficent and effective than hogging the work/ball. to kinda sum it all up i would say that brian lost his girlfriend and tries to focus on ball to get over the loss but finds out ...more
Derian Rumph
This book is really amazing! It was a really good book to read. When I read this book I was surprised about happened then when that happened I just kept reading the book. One thing that kept me reading this book was that what happened in the middle of the book. In the book something happens to this boy girlfriend. This book in some chapters leaves a cliffhanger so I had to keep reading. All you going to do is just think about the book. Its just gonna keep being in your mind until you find out wh ...more
Charity Steen
someone gunned down Brian`s girlfriend. The police think it was her father, but Brian isn't so sure. everyone keeps telling him to forget the past, move on. Focus on basketball. Getting that one perfect shot. He tries but then he has to do a school project on Leo Frank. A Jewish man killed for killing a teenage girl- a murder he didn't commit. Brian ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. He found something that could break the case. if he brings it to the public will the killer come after ...more
Matthew Jackson
High school basketball star Brian loves Amanda, his neighbor and girlfriend. When she and her family are murdered, the police say her dad did it. Brian saw a mysterious jogger run by around the time of the murders, but his Dad says to not get involved. At school, Brian is given an assignment to look through the Leo Frank case from 1913 Atlanta. Brian finds out that a young witness saw the real murderer, but stayed quiet for years, afraid to say something. You find out early in the story that Bra ...more
The book The Perfect Shot is about this boy named Brian his and he is trying to figer out how kill his girlfriend Amanda and Amanda's mother and brother.Brian try's to think of who all came by his house that day.The police told him that they found gray fabric on Amanda's clothing.So while Brian thinks about who passed by his house and remember a man that jog by that he almost hit with the basketball.
If you ask me I think this book is not a very good book. I would not recommend this book to anyon
Jamie 8-22
Sep 18, 2008 Jamie 8-22 rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people that like sports and mystries mixed together
I LOVED this book, it is amazing.

this book was amazing
Josh Tatarian
This book is definitely intense. There is more than one plot and that makes the book interesting. Both plots in this book focus on criminal justice. First, Brian's girlfriend and her family were murdered. Everyone thinks it was her dad, but Brian knows something else others don't. He is always debating whether to come forward with it or nah. He then receives a threat not to tell what he knows. Eventually he does and is punished for it
Brice Carmicle
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Mar 18, 2009 Matt added it
It is about some kids that get involved with a murder. I thought that the author did a nice job with a lot of description and dialouge. Overall I would give it 9/10 because the author gets you to the point where you can feel all joy, excitement, and fear the characters feel. I decided on reading another book by this author. Overall i would highly recommened this book to anyone because it is a GREAT read!

A tanalizing tidbit i found was: Amanda stared straight ahead, refusing to look through the S
This book was about a young boy named Brian Hammett whose girlfriend, Amanda Daines, was shot and killed along with her brother Cory and mother last summer. Brian loses himself in his basketball, choosing to block out grades and thoughts of Amanda because they are too painful and remind him of her. But it's not easy, because the murder trial is all over the news, and what's worse, the police are targeting Amanda's father, a policeman. Brian isn't sure of the real killer until the end, but he kno ...more
I thought this book was very interesting because it showed how keeping balance between things like sports and schoolwork or just sports and life in general is very important. In this book, the main character Brian only focuses on basketball after his girlfriend, her brother, and her mom are murdered. Then when a history project comes up about what we can learn from history he actually tries to do it to be able to stay on the basketball team and during that time he realizes how unfair the justice ...more
May 08, 2012 Aaron added it
"Bullets, Bullets, Bullets Bounce, Bounce Bounce",while reading this book I noticed that its important to pay attention to the small things sometimes. Alphin really cares for doing the right thing. the character in the book, Brian had to make a decision that would affeect someones life. to keep quiet or say something. all in all while trying to make this decision he has to deal with playoffs and a project at school.

Also in another book titled "Snakehead" the character was presented with the sam
Feb 06, 2013 Cara is currently reading it
When I first picked up the book, The Perfect Shot, by Elaine Marie Alphin, I expected it to be a decent book mainly about basketball, which I don’t care much for. Boy was I wrong! Alphin blew my expectations out of the water with this novel. Not only was it action packed and kept me guessing until the end, I actually enjoyed the basketball part of the book! The Perfect Shot would mainly be for young adult audiences who enjoy sports and crime/thriller books. Now, let’s explore more of the plot.
I think this is a book that most people would like because even though it looks like it's about sports it just kind of a backdrop on the whole story and it teaches you a life lesson on if someone threatens you you have two choices take the safe way out and live or do what's right and take a risk that's something that I really learned from this book. And they also teached you that the justice system doesn't always work right cause at the biginning Amanda "Brian's Girlfriend" and her family are mu ...more
Tj Long
The author's purpose in writing this book is to expose issues in civil rights and in the judicial system while showing the impact that the death of a friend has on a high school kid. Brian's girlfriend Amanda, her little sister, and her mother were all murdered in their garage and Amanda's father was instantly accused for the murders. Brians friend Julius, who is the star of the basketball team, gets arrested for the crime of "Driving While Black" in a white neighborhood.

I think that one of the
The story The Perfect Shot by Elaine Marie Alphin has to be one of the best books I’ve read so far in my lifetime. This book had me hooked from the very beginning. I really enjoyed how Alphin keeps her readers guessing throughout most of the book. The basketball playing, high school characters of the story especially grabbed my attention because of how much I enjoy basketball. The fact that this book was also a mystery was just a plus for me. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading ...more
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I was born on 30 October 1955 in San Francisco, California, and attended Lafayette Elementary School in San Francisco. Then my family moved to New York City, where I attended William H. Carr Junior High School. This is a school picture of me from my junior high school days. After that we moved to Houston, and I went to Westchester High School and on to Rice University.
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