An ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults
An ALA Best Book for Reluctant Readers
A South Carolina Young Adult Book of the Year
* "A clever blend of family conflict, superstition, and exciting sports action. Adolescent readers will empathize with the mind games that Joe plays as he struggles for self-identity and independence; teachers will delight in the literary references and analogies; and librarians will praise this fine addition to sports fiction." - School Library Journal (starred review)"
Deuker skillfully blends gritty basketball action with well-rounded characters to create a vivid contemporary morality tale." - Publishers Weekly "
A rites-of-passage portrait with an unusual twist." - Booklist
"A rare sports novel with complex plot and characterizations as well as gripping game play." - The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books