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Booklist - 09/01/2015 Lupica is the go-to guy for quick-reading, enjoyable sports fiction, and his latest adheres to his formula of mixing expertly described play-by-play action—in this case, basketball—with interesting personal stories. Broaching serious topics, yet assuredly entertaining, this story of a scrappy white kid, Jayson, growing up in a black neighborhood is a kind of Blind Side in reverse. Hiding the fact he’s barely subsisting after his mom dies and her boyfriend abandons him, he’s tripped up by his need for some new kicks. When he’s caught shoplifting, he winds up being taken in by an older, affluent African American couple who are incredibly long on patience, as Jayson acts out his anger and hurt before pulling himself together to lead his new school’s b-ball team to victory and a chance to play in Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium. Friends old and new, a crush, and the comparison of his old digs to his new home life flesh out the story. Eager fans will find this a slam-dunk. A must-purchase. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.