The Final Four by Paul Volponi

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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.

About Paul Volponi

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Paul Volponi ( is a writer, journalist, and teacher living in New York City. An ardent streetball player, Mr. Volponi drew upon his more than four decades of New York City court sense to write The Final Four.
Published March 1, 2012 by Puffin. 257 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Readers meet talented but arrogant Malcolm McBride, who plans to leave Michigan State for the NBA immediately after his freshman year, second-tier player Michael Jordan (MJ), whom Malcolm berates for not living up to his namesake's prowess, Crispin Rice, who became a viral video sensation when he...

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Basketball, in these two novels, is a path to success and a means of escape.

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