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The Million Dollar Shot

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When Eddie Ball finds out about the Finkles contest-a chance to win a million dollars just by sinking a foul shot at the NBA finals-he realizes it could be the end of his family's troubles but someone is trying to sabotage his million dollar shot.

Eleven-year-old Eddie gets a chance to win a million dollars by sinking a foul shot at the National Basketball Association finals.

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Overview

When Eddie Ball finds out about the Finkles contest-a chance to win a million dollars just by sinking a foul shot at the NBA finals-he realizes it could be the end of his family's troubles but someone is trying to sabotage his million dollar shot.

Eleven-year-old Eddie gets a chance to win a million dollars by sinking a foul shot at the National Basketball Association finals.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Bruce Adelson
Eddie Ball loves basketball. He hungers to enter a contest sponsored by his mother's employer(sink a free throw and win a million dollars. Eddie's dreams are dashed when he discovers that the contest is closed to employees and their families. However, he receives a bittersweet opportunity when his mother is laid off. Eddie is then picked for the contest after his poem, written by his friend Annie, is selected as the winning entry. Eddie's relationship with Annie, an African-American girl who lives in the same trailer park with her father as the Balls do, is one of the more interesting aspects of this book. Annie and her father, a former college basketball player, help Eddie train for the big day. Eddie's interactions with Annie also bring their single parents together in perhaps a rather fanciful relationship. The book bogs down in the middle as Eddie seems to spend an inordinate amount of time practicing. The event itself is somewhat unrealistic since Eddie's million dollar shot comes from the free throw line, a relatively easy shot to make. This book is a good read even if some aspects are overly wistful. Undoubtedly, basketball playing children will be able to relate to Eddie's situation.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6--Another page-turner from the author of The Kid Who Ran for President (Scholastic, 1996). Eddie Ball, 11, lives with his mother in a cramped trailer in rural Louisiana. Although he dreams of moving to a "regular house," Mrs. Ball's salary at the Finkle Foods Factory is low, and her bills are many. Eddie's best friend is his African-American next-door neighbor and classmate, the poetry-loving, basketball-playing Annie Stokely, who lives with her father. When both adults are laid off from the factory, Eddie enters one of Annie's poems in a poetry contest sponsored by Finkle Foods; the winner gets a chance to sink a foul shot during halftime at the first game of the NBA finals for a million-dollar prize. Early in the book, Eddie wins the poetry contest--but can he make the basket? Shooting lessons from Mr. Stokely improve Eddie's free-throw success rate, but someone seems to be sabotaging the practice sessions. Things become more complicated when Mr. Finkle visits Eddie, admits that his company is having financial troubles, and offers him a bribe to throw an air ball. Gutman expertly builds up suspense to the moment of the shot, milking the throw itself for several delightfully agonizing pages. The story, with occasional basketball tips well woven into the narrative, will appeal to both sports readers and general audiences. Gutman's subtle humor, exciting sports action, and excruciating suspense make this title an outstanding choice for reluctant readers.--Denise E. Agosto, Midland County Public Library, TX
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Meet the Author

Dan Gutman

Dan Gutman is the author of many novels for children, including four other Million Dollar books: The Million Dollar Strike, The Million Dollar Goal, The Million Dollar Kick, The Million Dollar Shot; the Funny Boy books; and Virtually Perfect (winner of the Nevada Young Readers' Award a Virginia Young Readers' Award nominee). He lives with his family in New Jersey.

Visit his website, www.dangutman.com

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    Highly recommended for people who like basketball.

    The Million Dollar Shot was a very good book.The main Character Eddie Ball was put under a lot of pressure and I liked the choice he made. Between his mother and the manager of the company that was going to give him the money, he made the best choice for him. Everything is something he has to work for. People work with him to make the shot. I thought it was a very good book and its a book that you can learn from for you to get better. I felt that the author that wrote this book really knew what he was talking about. He knows a lot about basketball.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2008

    The Million Dollar Shot

    If you like basketball and like to read books about basketball then the Million Dollar Shot is for you. It is such a wonderful book! It teaches you to never quit and keep trying until you know you have really improved and to be proud of your work. You will have fun reading this book, trust me. So, I say this book is for everybody but especially for kids! <BR/> The Million Dollar Shot is about a kid named Eddie who started as a horrible basketball player for his school team. Eddie had a friend named Annie who is really good in basketball and she helped Eddie. One morning, Eddie was reading the newspaper (because Eddie likes to read comics strips), and he saw it. He saw the sweepstakes for Fickle Foods, which would give a million dollar reward to anyone who made a new slogan for Fickle Foods, and then made a foul shot during the N.B.A finals. Annie and Eddie worked on a slogan and sent it in. <BR/> The main characters are Eddie a kid who has to make a million dollar shot, and Annie, Eddie¿s friend. Another character is Eddie¿s mom, who is a helpless mother. Mr. Oakley Annie¿s dad works with Eddie¿s mom at Finkle Foods until they got fired by George Finkle. He owned the company, but fired so many people!<BR/> Did Eddie make the shot or miss it? Well, the answer is for you to figure that out! But I would recommend this book to my brother because he likes to read books about basketball. I really like this book because it reminds me of me when I was six. I had to beat one of my friend¿s in basketball, so then I learned how to play basketball and guess what? I beat him! I guess I just had it inside of me.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

    Calling all basketball lovers!

    I love The Million Dollar Shot because the more you read, the longer it will take for you to put the book down. The story begins in gym class with his whole class. Eddie had the ball with only two minutes left of the game. He went for the shot. ¿Air ball¿ shouted the enemy team. The game was over. After the game everybody stared to call air balls, Eddie balls. Then at the end of the school year Eddie meets Annie Strokly. She is good at basketball and her dad, Mr. Strokely works with Eddie¿s mom. Then one normal after noon when Annie and Eddie were playing basketball Eddies mom came running with the news paper and told us to read the article that sys The Million Dollar Shot in big bold letters at the top. It said that George Finkle is willing to give away a million dollars to one lucky contestant if they can sink a foul shot at half tine. The lucky contestant will be chosen by a poem contest. Annie and Eddie were excided but Eddie¿s mom was mad because the roomer at the factory was that people would get fired so George Finkle can pull this off. Most roomers are myths but the next day when Eddie and Annie were in the bus going back home they met up with Eddie¿s mom and Mr.Strokly and Eddie¿s mom was right. George Finkle fired Mr.Strokly and Eddie¿s mom. A week later Eddie sends his poem which said, `¿How could the Pilgrims e¿er be contented, / when savory Finkles had not been invented?¿ Then a few months later, in the news, it said that Eddie Ball is the winner! I would like to tell you the rest of the story, but you have to read the book to find out. I liked this book because it was really exciting. I would recommend this book to people under the age of fifteen because it¿s mostly a children¿s book. It had great description and hilarious humor. This remembers me at the time that my brother¿s team was tied and there was only thirty seconds left in the game. So the game ended as a tie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2006

    A must read for sports fans of any age.

    Ever wonder what it would be like to be living with your mother in a trailer park? Well this is the everyday life of Eddie Ball and his mother. Eddie goes to school and his mother works very hard everyday. One day Eddie finds that his mom¿s boss (Mr. Finkle) is having a million dollar shot contest at a NBA game. In order to get that far he has to write a theme song for the Finkle factory that his mom works for. If he is chosen then and only then can he shoot the shot. Will Eddie win, if he does will he sink the shot to catapult his mother and himself out of poverty forever? Read to find out in one of Dan Gutman¿s thrillers The Million Dollar Shot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    good for basketball fans

    i enjoyes the book, but im a basketball freak. i dont think that kids who dont like basketball would enjoy it. i read it in one night i thought it was so good. by the way... when your reading it... pay attention to the foul shot tips. they really helped me. it was very good , but the ending was too predictable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2006

    the million dollar shot

    This book was about a boy named eddie ball who enters a poem writing contest to shot a free throw at an NBA half-time game for 1 million dollars. His poem wins the contest and practices very hard at his free throws. He wants the money to save him and him mom from living in a trailer. Read it and find out what happens. I recommend this book to people who like sports stories and some suspense. I thought this book was great!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2005

    million dollar shot review

    this story was about a boy named eddie ball he just lived with his mother they were very poor his mom worked in the finkle factor and the factory was having a million dollar shot contest and you could not be involved if someone in your family worked at the factory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2005

    This was a Really Good Book!!!

    This book was really good. It could be funny at times, but serious too. What I really liked about it were the characters because, they weren't like any other characters that you would find in any other books. I really enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend this book to basketball lovers, because thats what pulled me into the book. But i would also recommend it to anyone else who would enjoy a good book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2005

    the best book

    This book is one of the best books I have ever read I have recamended this book already to a few people and thought the same thing!!READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2004

    The greatest Basketball book ever!

    Th Million Dollar shot is a great book about a boy who enters a contest to shoot a free throw at half time durring a NBA game if he makes it he wins 1 million dollars and gets his family out of the trailer park. But people are trying to bribe him to miss the shot on purpose. What will He Do?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2003

    Fantastic Book

    The Million Dollar Shot, I would recommend this book to anyone!! If you are a Basketball player you would love this book! This book is about a young boy named Eddie who meets another young girl who is excellent at basketball and she says that her dad all most got to go to the NBA. Eddie finds out that there is a contest going on. He entered the contest and ended up winning, so he has to practice, parctice, practice for a shot that if he makes he would win 1 million dollars!!! Have and enjoy this book!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2001

    Great Book

    I think it is such a good book for a family to read together. It is about a boy who has a chance to make a Million Dollars! He figures out that it doesn't seem hard, but it is.

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