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Summer Ball

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Summer Ball

A lot has changed for Danny Walker in the past year. He is now 13, a travel team champion, and his parents are back together. His former athletic rival, Ty Ross, is attending the same school and is great friends with Danny and Will.

Summer has arrived, and Danny, along with Will and Ty, are going to a basketball camp in Cedarville, Maine, called Right Way. The three are excited, though Danny can’t help but feel apprehensive, knowing that he’ll be going against taller and bigger guys than before. Then there’s his friend Tess, who is seemingly more interested in tennis and her partner Scott than hanging out with Danny, Will and Ty.

When Danny and his pals arrive at Right Way (sponsored by a popular basketball player --- I’m not saying who), they are impressed by the facilities, basketball courts and bunkhouses named after various arenas. There, Will meets Tarik, a former travel team player whose unique sense of humor is akin to Will’s. Danny gets more than he bargains for, however, when he accidentally is put into a bunkhouse for younger campers.

Zach Fox is an 11-year-old who, like Danny, is small for his age and enjoys basketball. Unfortunately, Zach doesn’t think he is cut out for basketball camp and would rather go home. Danny tries to cheer Zach up while dealing with his own lingering fears. The teen must face old and new rivals and, along with his friends, is coached under Ed Powers, an antagonistic man who seems intent on making Danny’s camp experience miserable.

Danny is one determined team player, but as the games become increasingly daunting, will he be able to lead his team to victory while proving he is a notable athlete once again?

Although a sequel to TRAVEL TEAM, SUMMER BALL is a great stand-alone novel. With humor and fast action both on and off the court, this is a summer read not to be missed.

Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle on May 15, 2007

Summer Ball
by Mike Lupica

  • Publication Date: May 15, 2007
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel
  • ISBN-10: 0399244875
  • ISBN-13: 9780399244872