Tristan Phegley's Reviews > Eagle Blue: A Team, a Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska

Eagle Blue by Michael D'Orso
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Dec 08, 11


Eagle Blue by Michael D’Orso is a very exciting, fantastic, and entertaining book. This book was fun to read and also easy to read. I think people who don’t play sports or even enjoy sports should read this book because it wasn’t all about sports. It was also about the everyday lives of teenage boys.
This book is about a 1A basketball team from Fort Yukon, Alaska. The kids on this 1A team play with their heart - all of it. These kids play in several tournaments against higher ranked teams that are in 2A and even 3A. Their coach, Dave, is a big part of this team’s future. He is one of the best coaches in 1A basketball in the whole state of Alaska because he keeps a cool head during the games. He is also very intelligent in the overall game of basketball.
During the season, some of the kids run into trouble with academic eligibility and they can’t participate in the games. Plus, some of the kids don’t care and are more involved in smoking and chewing tobacco. However, when all the kids would be eligible for a game, they would have to vote for two kids who wouldn't play in the next game. This would sometimes cause an issue when all the kids were eligible to play in the game.
Coach Dave is such a good coach for Fort Yukon High School that by the end of the season, a first time player on their team named Josh turned into one of the team’s best players. Also, a boy named Derek developed a lot over the season and became one of the team’s best tall players by the end of the season.
This Fort Yukon 1A division team went through a lot during its basketball season. They traveled all over the state of Alaska just to play in their basketball games. They beat numerous 2A and 3A basketball teams who were either varsity or junior varsity teams. Whenever they would play other 1A teams, they would win by many points.
In conclusion, I thought Michael D’Orso put this non-fiction novel together nicely and knows how to write a good book. Eagle Blue is a great book about young teenagers going on a journey from their small hometown of Fort Yukon all the way to the big city of Fairbanks. I would rate this non-fiction novel with 4 out of 5 stars.
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