By: Kwame Alexander
Swish. The ball goes into the net with a perfect spin. Josh Bell is one of the greatest shooters in the league. He can jump high, run fast, and can shoot perfect shots.
Josh Bell is the main character of the story. He has a twin identical brother named J.B. In the story, their dad is a retired Euro-League player. Their dad retired due to a knee and heart disease that causes him to never play again… The genre of the book would be in the realistic fiction and it would also be in the school stories section. This story takes place in North Carolina. As you probably know there are several good colleges like Duke or North Carolina University. And just like others, Josh wants to get into those colleges. But anyways, the main part of the story is about a girl… There was a girl in Josh’s school that really like J.B, but in the middle of the story, Josh gets really frustrated and wants the buzzer beater to win the game. But for some reason, he dribbled over to his brother and threw an extremely hard pass to him and it made J.B’s nose bleed. The reason that Josh was so angry and frustrated, was because J.B kept on asking for the ball…
I can connect to this story because when I was about 8 years old, my grandpa almost had a vein explosion and almost died. But luckily he didn’t. This connects because when Josh’s dad ended up in the hospital of playing basketball, he eventually passed out, just like my grandpa did. Anyhow, I can also relate to Josh because sometimes I get really frustrated with people just yelling for me to pass the ball and they don’t even make it. Like what?!!! Although I don’t really through an extremely hard pass at others, I still understand the feeling of Josh getting angry because of that situation. Along with that, I find that people who have high blood pressure from overreacting get bloody noses just like Josh’s dad who was trying to convince the referee that a person from another team had traveled, but then, he got a bloody nose and had been pulled back to sit down by Josh’s mom. This book also reminds me of other books that
I recommend this book to people who like intense books and people who like basketball. Personally, I would recommend this book to people who are about 4th grade and above. I think that because some kids may not be able to bear the fear of people passing out and other things that relate to that situation. I give this book a 9 out of 10 because I think that there were some parts of the book that the author could have added more on and could make it more interesting. But still, I like the book very much because I am a basketball player and fans.
By: Jonathan H.