This fun-to-read book by Dan Gutman is a basketball story, but is also much more. It is the tale of a boy and his mom, living in a trailer park and trying to make ends meet. At the same time, this is a story of two friends who overcome some pretty big differences (white boy living alone with his mom, African-American girl living alone with her dad) to help one another out and bring their lives even closer together. It's also the story of a really annoying boss at a big company that sells nasty junk food, who gets what's coming to him in the end.
Along the way, young Eddie Ball works his tail off, practicing for a single basketball shot that could change his life forever. Although there are many people trying to help him, there are also mysterious people trying to sabotage his chances. Can Eddie make it even when the odds are against him?
This is a great book for sports fans, and any upper Elementary reader who wants a story that will keep them reading until the exciting end.