The Perfect Shot by Elaine Marie Alphin
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Someone murdered Brian's girfriend, Amanda. The police think it was her father. Brian isn’t so sure. But everyone he knows is telling him to move on, get over it, focus on the present. Focus on basketball. Focus on hitting the perfect shot. Brian hopes that the system will work for Amanda and her father. An innocent man couldn’t be wrongly convicted, could he?

But then Brian does a school project on Leo Frank, a Jewish man lynched decades ago for the murder of a teenage girl—a murder he didn’t commit. Worse still, Brian’s teammate Julius gets arrested for nothing more than being a black kid in the wrong place at the wrong time. Brian can’t deny any longer that the system is flawed.

As Amanda’s father goes on trial, Brian admits to himself that he knows something that could break the case. But if he comes forward, will the real killer try for another perfect shot—this time against Brian?


About Elaine Marie Alphin

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ELAINE MARIE ALPHIN is the author of the Edgar Award-winning title, Counterfeit Son (2000). She has written numerous books for young readers and more than two hundred articles for children's magazines. She lives in Madison, Indiana. 9780395214060
Published August 1, 2005 by Carolrhoda Lab TM. 360 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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So complete is his domination, in fact, that Ian has internalized his father’s criticisms of him and struggles to be “the son [his father] deserves.” As Alphin deftly intensifies both the internal and external pressures on Ian, the reader becomes aware that he’s not only worried about Teddy’s saf...

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High-school basketball star Brian loves Amanda, his neighbor and sweetheart.

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The narrator, 14-year-old Ian Slater, lives under the thumb of his father (one of the punishments he devises for Ian is making the teen sleep in the family closet), who is also the local school's principal.

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