The Final Four

The Final Four

by Paul Volponi
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The Final Four by Paul Volponi

"Volponi, a multiple award-winning author, keeps the tension high from the first to last page ...The Final Four is definitely a winner." —VOYA, starred review

March Madness is in full swing, and there are only four teams let in the NCAA basketball championship. The heavily favored Michigan Spartans and the underdog Troy Trojans meet in the first game in the seminfinals, and it's there that the fates of Malcolm, Roko, Crispin, and M.J. intertwine. As the last moments tick down on the game clock, you'll learn how each player went from being a kid who loves to shoot hoops to a powerful force in one of the most important games of the year. Which team will leave the Superdome victorious? In the end it will come down to who has the most skill, the most drive, and the most heart.

"Volponi nails it when it counts in this dynamic story." —Booklist, starred review

"Volponi adroitly renders authentic and inspired basketball action." —The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142423851
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/10/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 72,149
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Paul Volponi is a writer, journalist, and teacher living in New York City. From 1992 to 1998, he taught incarcerated teens on Rikers Island to read and write. This experience formed the basis of Black and White and Rikers High. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Volponi taught teens in a drug-treatment program. The experience inspired him to write Rooftop. Mr. Volponi is also the author of Rucker Park Setup, Hurricane Song, and Response. An ardent street ball player, Mr. Volponi draws upon his more than four decades of New York City court-sense to write The Final Four.

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The Final Four 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
mw311 More than 1 year ago
Simply, Paul Volponi's best novel. I was moved by the characters, atmosphere, and the action. Imagine a player named Michael Jordon who warms the bench, and he's only one of four standout characters. I'm not surprised this book was awarded three starred reviews--SLJ, Booklist, and BCCB. I think it's one of the best books of the year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Swish”, the crowd is roaring at this Trojan War in the Final Four with heavily favored Michigan St. Spartans and the Trojans of Troy, the Cinderella story. This is the Trojans second time in the tournament, and last time they were one-and done. The Trojans are led by their center, Crispin Rice, and their point guard, Roko Bacic,” Red Bull”. The Trojans are led by heir star freshman, Malcolm McBride,” One-and-Done”. This is an epic thriller to the end. Adam W.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a basketball fanatic and i stood up for days reading it from start to finish! I hope my journey it like that bit better great read;)
Ricardo_Godoy More than 1 year ago
    (Warning: Spoilers ahead) As I read this book, it became more compelling to me.   I absolutely love this book. Not just because of the high-intensity basketball game that is being played, but because of the different types of characters and their background. This is definitely a must read for teens who enjoy sports and drama amongst people. The Final Four by Paul Volponi, is a semifinal game of the of the NCAA tournament called March Madness. The four teams that are in the semifinals are North Carolina, Duke, Michigan State, and Troy. This game focuses on the match between the Michigan State Spartans and the Cinderella team of the tournament, Troy Trojans. The main protagonist of the book is Michigan State's point guard, Malcom McBride, who after the tournament ends, will be entering the NBA draft after one year of college. The Final Four focuses on four main players: Malcom McBride, Roko Bacic, Crispin Rice, and Michael Jordan. No, not Space Jam Michael Jordan, the Michigan State benchwarmer Michael Jordan. Paul Volponi doesn't just focus on the players in the game, but he also focuses on the backgrounds of the four players. First there is Malcom McBride, a basketball player who can't shut his mouth and has witnessed the death of his sister in a drive by shooting. Next there is Roko Bacic, a man who has come to the United States from Croatia after the mafia killed his Uncle Drâzen. Crispin Rice is a man who a couple weeks earlier made a buzzer beater shot to win the game for his team, Troy Trojans. After he makes the shot, he proposes to his girlfriend, Hope. He gets distracted by the engagement and has been in a shooting slump as of late. He hopes this is his comeback game. Michael Jordan, named after the greatest basketball player of all time, is not living up to the hype of his name. After one of his teammates foul out, he gets his chance to shine. The game goes into quadruple overtime, but the Michigan State Spartans come out on top and play North Carolina for the NCAA championship, (but I'm not going to tell you who wins). The best things about the book, in my opinion, are the inside look at the NCAA and what it really does to a collegiate athlete. Also great are the different points of view that give the book some life, and the transformation of the characters from beginning to end. For its action, suspense, and characters, this is one of the best books I've ever read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 6 grader and i am 12. This is honestly the best book i have ever read in my life! Each chapter having new exitments, any body my age or even age 60 would love this book! Great read! I would say why i like it and what its about, but i want everyone to find out themselves by purchesing this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a spectacular structure and pace. The only problem I have with it is that the editor could have made some better choices when it came to language. I would reccomend this book for sportslovers 11 and up. Let your parent know before you purchase this book.
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This is one of the best books u can ever read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this Nook book but it was blank. I called 1-800-THE-BOOK and have been given a refund...but I still don't have the book. The publisher has to fix this type of problem, not Nook support. I'd like to know when/if this ever gets fixed because I really would like to purchase this book!