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The Million Dollar Shot

(Million Dollar #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,085 ratings  ·  201 reviews

Eddie Ball has the chance of a lifetime: to win a million dollars by sinking a foul shotduring halftime at the NBA finals, no less. But someone really wants Eddie to shoot an air ball on the big day, and will do anything to sabotage the million dollar shot.

Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Hyperion Books for Children (first published 1900)
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Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dan Gutman writes books that kids want to read. That’s why he did his “million dollar” series, where he puts readers into positions which they have the opportunity to win a million dollars. According to Gutman that’s the kind of stuff kids dream about, and the success of his books prove that he’s right. What makes the book so good is that he creates believable characters that you can really relate with. The Million Dollar Shot is no different, in which young Eddie Ball unexpectedly has the oppor ...more
I absolutely ADORED this book!! It was fantastic because of the simple, yet greatly-detailed life of Eddie, a boy who is tasked with making a million-dollar foul shot in professional basketball, the NBA league. It shows his struggles as he practices with his friend, and although I read this book a few years ago, I still remember how much I enjoyed it. It was an absolute joy to read. I hope that anyone else who really likes basketball and stories about determination, hope, and passion will pick u ...more
Yahir Estrada
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I think that this book was good but it could've been better. Something that I really liked about this book was the plot and the author had an ending where he did something you don't see a lot. What he did was at the end talked to the reader. All in all I think the book was pretty good.
Carolyn Menke
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Battle of the Books pick at Eden Hall Upper Elementary, The Million Dollar Shot is a fun, fast, suspenseful read perfect for 3rd and 4th graders. Eleven-year-old basketball player Eddie Ball prefers Shirts to Skins cause he's so skinny his ribs stick out. One day he meets Annie, a girl with a shaved head who can sink every shot. They live in the same trailer park. When Eddie's mom and Annie's dad both get laid off from Finkle's, the factory that employs everyone in their small "company town," ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Very short and readable: I wasn't expecting much from this book, but I liked how many challenges Eddie faced on the way to his face-off to try to get the free throw for a million dollars (from the snack food company that just fired his mom, no less)! The coaching in the book from Eddie's friend's dad was so well-described and made so much sense that it made we want to go and practice some shots myself. I could easily see how kids who like sports would be drawn into this, but I think it's a good ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First Choice book - 2nd Quarter
The book first starts out when Eddie found a new friend named Annie. It turns out that they both love basketball. They love to practice playing HORSE. They saw a contest were they could win a million dollars. For the contest, they had to write a poem about Finkles ( a yummy dessert). Annie helped write it. Annie and Eddie won the contest. Eddie got to shoot a basket to win a million dollars. Mr. Stokley, Annie's dad coached Eddie on how to shoot a foul shot and...
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a good book.It is about a kid who is very poor and lives in a trailer park.He meets a girl one day when he was playing basketball and ever since then they have been best friends.The main characters name is eddie ball.One day his mom loses her job at the factory and she says that she can no longer pay bills so he starts to cry.One day there was an ad in the newspaper about a contest to shoot a ball from the foul line and whoever makes it will win 1 million dollars.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
While I only gave this book 3 stars, I think it is a solid book and a perfect book for a book club for readers in 3rd/4th grade. Eddie enters a contest that provides him with the opportunity of a lifetime! Make the foul shot at an NBA game and win $1,000,000. Will Eddie rise to the challenge? I admit I wanted to keep reading to find out if he would sink that ball into the net.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: intermediate basketball fans
I found the book very entertaining. I used this in a remediation group. The book was "too hard" for the Guided Reading Level of the students in the group, but all were able to comprehend and decode based on their prior knowledge.
Juleah V.
I liked this book. It was called The Million Dollar Shot. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes basketball and/or competitions. This book takes place in a small town. He really likes basketball and he is really good at shooting. He meets a girl and she helps him. I really liked this book.
Carl Tolle
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The reason I rate this book five stars is because it was a good book. If you like basketball you will like this book. My favorite part was when Eddie made the million dollar shot.
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya-sports
My 2 middle school boys loved this book in elementary school. I finally sat down to read it myself. The writing is pretty good and it was a fun story, especially if you like basketball.
Valerie McEnroe
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, sports
I love all the "million dollar" books by Dan Gutman. My son loved them around 2nd/3rd grade.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
A good kid's book. It kept us all entertained on a long drive. The boys liked this one better than 'The Million Dollar Kick'.
Gabie (OwlEyesReviews)
My students are going to absolutely LOVE this book. I cannot wait to read it to them.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you like basketball and suspense. Then read The million dollar shot By Dan gutman.
First there's this kid called Eddie and his mom and Annie his friend and he enters a poem contest that a company called finkle foods made and if you win you go to the NBA finals and have to shoot a free throw and you can win one million dollars but the owner wants him to miss so he doesn't go bankrupt.The lesson that he learns is that to give back to his community.

I enjoyed this book because it is about basketba
Tanner J.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Million Dollar Shot
Dan Gutman

In the book, The Million Dollar Shot, a poor kid named Eddie Ball attempts to become a millionaire from making one free throw shot. Eddie won a poetry contest sponsored by a fatty snack company called Finkles Foods. He went to the NBA Finals to shoot a foul shot at half time for as million dollars. Eddie went with his mom, his friend Annie, and Annie's dad Mr.Stokely. He and Annie were very close friends. Now, Eddie had a chance to make himself and his f
Landry H
The Million Dollar Shot
Dan Gutman

The book Million Dollar Shot is a great book with a main character Eddie.. Eddie is the boy who is going to be taking the shot for a million dollars. He got chosen to take the shot from a contest he entered and won. Eddie is 11 years old and he has a step sister who is African American. Eddies father died when Eddie was really young so he had tough times. Eddies sister Annie also had tough times because her mother died when she was young.

There are a coup
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cathy by: Battle of the Books 2016
Eddie Ball has the chance of a lifetime: to win a million dollars by sinking a foul shot during halftime at the NBA finals, no less. But someone really wants Eddie to shoot an air ball on the big day, and will do anything to sabotage the million dollar shot...

It was a slam dunk!
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eddie Ball is an 11 year old kid who lives in louisiana and lives in a trailer. He meets this girl named Annie Stokely. Eddie and Annie play basketball everyday together. Annie’s mom died and Eddie’s dad died. Their mom and dad work for Finkle foods. They make the most unhealthiest donut type thing in the world. There is a contest for Finkle foods. One lucky winner Will get to shoot a million dollar foul shot at halftime of the NBA finals, game one. But if your parent works at Finkle foods, The ...more
JA'Mya B
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it is about a boy who is kinnda poor not really lives in a liitle house and he has a chance to win a1 00000 dollars his mom loss her job and the girl father was live next to her and the girls dad and the boy mom started to date and he had a chace to move and exploer is looking for one does he make the shot and get is family a big or not??????
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
11 year old Eddie Ball and his mom live in a trailer park in Louisiana. Things have been rough since his dad died, and his mom works herself to the bone at the Finkle Food Factory trying to make ends meet. Eddie’s new best friend has a shaved head, is awesome at basketball, loves poetry, and happens to be a girl. Annie Stokely is someone Eddie can be himself around, she tests his basketball skills, and lives a couple trailers away. When Mr. Finkle offers a poetry contest for the best poem about ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Battle of the Books fun read!!
Peyton Murphy
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like this book because it's about how a kid who can only shoot and a best friend can go a long way. This is a great friend ship book and basketball book. I recommend it to you.
Jan 22, 2013 added it
Shelves: king-s-korner
The Million Dollar Shot

by Dan Gutman

Review by Ella Mylod

My book report is on The Million Dollar Shot. A boy named Eddie Ball and his mother live in a trailer park with little money in Jackson Louisiana. His mom work in a factory for a junk food place called Finkle foods. Eddie’s favorite sport is basketball, and he loves to play with his friends. One Fathers’ Day he walks to the court to shoot hoops to get his mind off of the fact that his father had died. While he is there a girl challenged him
Katy Vance
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middlegrades, 2011
This book ended up on my reading list when I told my field experience supervisor that I needed a little more knowledge about middle gardes literature. My children's lit course felt like it focused on the younger end and the majority of my YA lit course was on books which wouldn't serve a seventh grader too well, particularly one which might not be too interested in reading.

Other than the absolutely terrible cover art (and I don't know how this happens, as Dan Gutman is a popular author) the boo
Daquane Brown
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Although this book was not a lot to read, there was a bigger meaning to reading this book, reading this book I felt a lot for this book, not only because I love to play basketball and Eddie lost his father, but he is determined to help out not only the household, but more importantly he wants to help out his mother. All of this happened because of a couple of people being fired including Eddie's mother and Annie Stokley's father, reading this book makes me more determined to follow my dreams to ...more
Nick G.
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just read the book the Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman. I finished it in late March. It is realistic fiction and is 113 pages long. I rated this book four stars. The reason I rated it four stars was because it had a good plot. Eddie and his mom live in a old trailer park in Louisville Kentucky. His mom works for this company called Finkles. Another reason why I rated it four stars was because Eddie gets to run a company out of business who fired and was a jerk to his mom. That is why I rate ...more
Matthew Morabeto
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Million Dollar Shot
Dan Gutman

Eddie lives in a small house with little money, and will do anything to help his mom with it. He enters a contest and if he wins he gets one shot to make a million dollars. He realizes he won the contest, but the person giving the money is his moms boss, who tries to convince him to miss the shot. Eddie denies the offer and practices over 100 shots a day to make sure ur makes the shot, but will he fall under the pressure?

This is a very entertaining book and keeps
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jp-library
I thought this book was very good. It kept me wanting to read more. It was interesting and exciting at the same time. This book is about a boy named Eddie Ball. He lives in a trailer park and his favorite sport is basketball. One summer day Eddie decides to go out and shoot some hoops, then comes along a girl. Eddie just lives with his mom, his dead died. His family is poor and they live in a trailer park along with the girl. Eddie's mom works at Finkles, they sell pastries. Her boss Mr. Finkle ...more
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The author of over 80 books in a little over a decade of writing, Dan Gutman has written on topics from computers to baseball. Beginning his freelance career as a nonfiction author dealing mostly with sports for adults and young readers, Gutman has concentrated on juvenile fiction since 1995. His most popular titles include the time-travel sports book Honus and Me and its sequels, and a clutch of ...more

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