Monday, October 20, 2008

Travel Team by Mike Lupica

This book is for students in middle school. Especially those who love basketball.

Danny Walker is one of the best basketball players in his town. He is the son of a former NBA star. However, Danny, is also the shortest boy in his grade and when he tries out for the 12 year old travel team, he is cut from the team because of his height.

To Danny basketball is supposed to be fun. It's a game not about winning or losing. It's about enjoying the sport and trying to improve. When Danny's father, Richie, comes back to town and creates a team, Danny and many other players cut from the travel team begin a journey of growing up, accepting additional responsibilities, and being better basketball players.

This book is fun and inspiring. For basketball fans, this book is a winner! However, inappropriate language is used throughout and topics such as alcoholism are covered in depth.