Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Can Eddie Sink 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 a Finkle (think an even unhealthier Twinkie concoction) and the winner gets the chance to shoot a foul shot for a million dollars during the NBA finals, Eddie thinks he can’t enter because his mom works there. When his mom loses her job, he knows what he has to do. Of course, poetry is more Annie’s thing, and her poem is better than his. But, Annie doesn’t want to enter the contest. So, Eddie enters a poem and soon enough he finds out he has won the chance to win the million dollars. While Eddie makes about 50% of his shots, he is only going to get one chance, and he needs to step up his game. Mr. Stokely happens to be an excellent foul shot coach and works with Eddie to improve his chances. Unfortunately, there seems to be someone out to sabotage Eddie and they are doing everything they can think of to ensure that he will not make his shot and win the million dollars. Who is trying to ruin Eddie’s chances? Will he be able to concentrate and sink the ball when it counts? What will Eddie and his mom do if he doesn’t make the shot? Will Mr. Finkle really pay him a million dollars if he does make the shot? You must read this book to see what happens to Eddie, Mrs. Ball, Annie, and of course Mr. Finkle.

The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman is a book that captured my interest right from the start. I loved this book and even laughed out loud at some of the scenes. It's such a fast paced book that I was able to read it in one sitting. Eddie has had a tough life, and I couldn’t help but root for him right from the start. He is someone that would be a good friend, and I especially like his determination. I also liked Annie and how she doesn’t care what other people think about her, she is who she is. This is a book that can be enjoyed by people from third grade and up. It kept my interest all the way up until the end, and after I finished reading it, I had to try the foul shot tips that Mr. Stokely teaches Eddie. You will want to try them too! It made me think about taking risks and how you can’t win if you don’t play or take the first step toward your goal. Taking a chance is scary, but if you don’t take the chance then you definitely aren’t going to succeed. Pick up this book and you will want a chance to change your life by taking a foul shot or a step in the right direction!

Has anyone else read The Million Dollar Shot? Or have you read another book by Dan Gutman? What did you think? 

Happy Reading! ~L


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24 comments:

  1. Just reading about the Finkle Food Factory is enough to make me want to read this book!

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    1. Barbara- I love the name of the factory too. :) ~L

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  2. This sounds like such a good read! Love the word Finkle, too :)

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    1. Meradeth- It is a great book and very fast! ~L

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  3. Great review that certainly peaks ones interest as to whether Eddied makes the million dollar shot!I love stories about the "underdogs" of the world rising up and taking chances. I also love the name Finkle...it makes my mind twinkle. :)

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    1. Anna Maria- Aren't underdogs rising up awesome? You will have to read this one to see if Eddie makes his shot. :) ~L

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  4. Great review :D I don't think this would be a book for me, but I'm glad you enjoyed it :) And it does sound pretty good, to be honest ;p
    Thank you for commenting on my mailbox last week. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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    1. Hi Carina- Glad you enjoyed the review. It is a really fast book and the characters are easy to relate to. I also liked that the writing is so accessible. :) Thanks for stopping by. We always love to hear from you. ~L and F

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  5. You always come up with the best middle grade books!

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  6. Thanks for posting about Emblazon today too! We really appreciate getting the word out! :) Happy Reading!

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    1. Ansha- You are welcome! We are really enjoying the Emblazon site. :) ~L and F

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  7. Thanks for posting. Sounds like such a great read!

    Nas

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  8. Sounds like a great book, the description caught my attention, I can only imagine the story! I have never read anything by Dan Gutman, but I most certainly want to read this. Oh, and I love the cover! Thanks for the post, and your thoughts on The Million Dollar Shot.

    Paul R. Hewlett

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    1. Paul- I think you will enjoy Dan Gutman's books. He is a great writer with engaging books. I hope you get to read this one soon. :) ~L

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  9. Sounds like a good read. I'm especially interested in Annie, because I love a girl who shoots baskets and reads poetry. (Basketball is one of my favourite sports but alas, I've never been good at it.) I've been hearing about Emblazon a lot lately. Will definitely check it out!

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    1. Claudine- It is a good read! Annie is a wonderful character and I think you will really like her. She is strong and smart. :) ~L

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  10. This book and author are new to me. Thanks for the review. And thanks for introducing us to Emblazon.

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    1. Kelly- Glad we could introduce you to a new author, book, and a new site. Happy reading! :) ~L

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  11. This sounds like a book that would appeal to both boys and girls. I think it would be a hoot. I am going to have to add it to my pin board. I will check out Emblazon!

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    1. Heidi- This is definitely a book for boys and girls. It is easy to relate to for sure! I hope you enjoy Emblazon. :) ~L

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  12. Haven't read either of them, but they sound awesome! If your looking for another great book try The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton. Read in school, and I loved it!

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    1. Hi S.E.- Thanks for visiting. :) I am so happy to hear that you read The Outsiders and loved it. I will check it out! :) ~L

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