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The Final Four

The Final Four Four players with one thing in common the will to winMalcolm wants to get to the NBA ASAP Roko wants to be the pride of his native Croatia Crispin wants the girl of his dreams M J just wants a chance

  • Title: The Final Four
  • Author: Paul Volponi
  • ISBN: 9780670012640
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Four players with one thing in common the will to winMalcolm wants to get to the NBA ASAP Roko wants to be the pride of his native Croatia Crispin wants the girl of his dreams M.J just wants a chance.March Madness is in full swing, and there are only four teams left in the NCAA basketball championship The heavily favored Michigan Spartans and the underdog Troy TrojanFour players with one thing in common the will to winMalcolm wants to get to the NBA ASAP Roko wants to be the pride of his native Croatia Crispin wants the girl of his dreams M.J just wants a chance.March Madness is in full swing, and there are only four teams left in the NCAA basketball championship The heavily favored Michigan Spartans and the underdog Troy Trojans meet in the first game in the semifinals, 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 loved 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 which players have the most skill, the most drive, and the most heart.

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    1. Started this the day before school ended, and of course, it was my favorite book I read all year. I was sad about the ending, but other than that, one of my favorite(if not my favorite) books I've ever read. I suggest it to anyone who likes sports.

    2. This book is talking about the university basketball league in US which is the NCAA.This book begin with a kid called Malcolm McBride, he is the point guard of the Michigan State Spartans. In a game they were left down within 2 points and they only have got 6.9 seconds left but Malcolm crossed-over but suddenly step back for a wide space jumper and he knocks down a 3 point buzzer-beater with a tight defence. This book had shows that a sport can transcend different experiences, backgrounds and be [...]

    3. I started this during the Men's Final Four, and finished during the Women's Championship game. I appreciate Volponi's background, but felt this was a bit too manipulative and cliched. I could have done without the Crispin-cheerleader drama for sure, and I found Malcolm too stereotypical and overdone. No successful coach would put up with his extreme selfishness. There were times that Malcolm showed a softer side, especially concerning his sister, but the character was way over the top. Students [...]

    4. Personal ResponseI think this book is very good. The book gives a behind the scenes look at what college athletes could possibly be going through off the court. I think the author does a great job at describing very realistic problems. I also think the plot in this book is very good.PlotThe book starts on the big stage of the college basketball semifinals. The book follows the lives of four players competing during the game. The four players come from a mix of very different economic and racial [...]

    5. For those who follow me on Twitter and , it's no secret that I am a huge fan of Paul Volponi's. I became intrigued by his work when RESPONSE received the Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Honor in 2010. After that, I devoured his novels and dubbed Paul the King of Urban YA FictionE FINAL FOUR is one of Paul's finest novels. Volponi writes about March Madness, the time when the best college basketball teams play for the NCAA Championship. It's huge money, huge exposer, huge pressure. Volponi tells [...]

    6. I love all of Paul Volponi's books and this is no exception! He gets the suspense and excitement just right in this book about basketball and 4 overtimes in a game that will totally drive you crazy with anticipation. Who will win this Final Four game between the Michigan State Spartans (Malcolm McBride and Michael Jordan) against the Troy University Trojans (Roko Bacic and Crispin Rice)is anyone's guess as we follow the story through the four main characters, (and there are so many more other me [...]

    7. The Final Four by Paul Volponi1. I chose to read The Final Four because I read the synopsis on the summer reading list and it appealed to my interest in sports. Out of all of the fiction books on the list, this book interested me the most and jumped out at me when I was deciding what to read. 2. I liked how the author was able to keep the reader updated about the first semifinal game of the NCAA March Madness tournament, which was the main focus of the book while also getting into the personalit [...]

    8. Paul Volpni's "Final Four" portrays the life of 4 student athletes trying to win the NCAA championship. Michael Jordan and Malcolm McBride play for the same team, MSU, but have very different personalities. Malcolm is MSU's star and is only playing so he can get drafted higher into the NBA. Michael Jordan is not as good as his other teammates, even with a name like that. The other team, Troy, is the underdog team, but still holding its own. Roko Bacic, originally from Zagreb, Croatia, is here in [...]

    9. Personal Response: I really liked this book, because it showed the intensity of an actual final four game. I also liked how throughout the book the author told me a lot of information about the characters. I did not like how long the author pushed out the Troy-Michigan game in the book, because it felt unrealistic that the game went to a fourth overtime. Also, I felt like the book would of been better if the author included the rest of the final four tournament and did not keep it to one game.Pl [...]

    10. Personal Response: I thought,The Final Four , was a good book, because it was about sports and I love to read about sports and mysteries. Another thing I liked about the book was that I could relate to how the basketball team played. Lastly, I liked the book because it was not that long and I could comprehend most of it. Plot: The,The Final Four, was about a guy named Malcolm McBride who played for the Michigan State Spartans. Malcolm was the starting point guard and very good at basketball. Be [...]

    11. Quentin Avila Ms. Ulloa A1 2/11/18 I read The Final Four by Paul Volponi. Paul is a teacher from New York who taught incarcerated teens on Rikers Island how to read and write. He has other books such as Rikers High, Black and White and many others. His won numerous awards like Modern Language Assocation and Junior Library Guild. There are four main characters in The Final Four. Malcom, Roko, Crispin, and MJ. They have the same goal which is to win the NCAA Division One Championship. They have to [...]

    12. The Final Four by Paul Volponi was a fantastic book, full of excitement, drama, suspense, and intensity. Paul Volponi wrote about March Madness, the time when the best college basketball teams play for the NCAA Championship. This book tells the story of two teams battling in the Final Four through the eyes of four players. Some of his stories are told through a personal journal that captures unforgettable moments of terror. The book allows the reader to become immersed in the players' lives on a [...]

    13. 3.5/5 starsThis year The Final Four is my March Madness book. It's a tradition that I started last year (shush that's long enough to be a tradition) because I couldn't get enough basketball during March and decided to read Ball Don't Lie by Matt de la Pena. I loved the book and it pushed me to read more sports-centric YA.The Final Four is an enjoyable fast-pace quick read. It's not as brilliant as Ball Don't Lie (which for the record is on my favorite list) but it was a fun read. It's a book abo [...]

    14. Richie's Picks: THE FINAL FOUR by Paul Volponi, Viking, March 2012, 256p ISBN: 978-0-670-01264-0."Imagine all the people living life in peace"-- John Lennon. (Yep. He was murdered, too.)Why is the human race so successful at spawning murderous thugs? That's what I was sitting here thinking to myself as I equivocated about which of the two main characters I should be rooting for in this awesome basketball story that is so much more than a basketball story. Do I cheer for the abrasive college fres [...]

    15. The Final Four by Paul Volponi is a book that captures the excitement and competitive nature of the March Madness tournament. The Final Four is a book that goes from many points of views. The points of view are from the players of both teams, Troy and Michigan State, and has a series of twists. The parts of the books I liked most included the backstories of the players, how the players on each team got along with one another, and the raw, competitive mindset of each player. My favorite player in [...]

    16. The title of my second outside reading book is, The Final Four, by Paul VolponiThe main characters in my book include: Roko, Crispin, MJ, Malcolm, Coach Kennedy, Coach Barker, Hope, Aaron, Baby Bear, and Grizzly BearThis novel takes place in a modern day setting at the championship of the Final Four, in the March Madness tournament. In the book Michigan State, the powerhouse of college basketball, meets against Troy, the biggest underdog in Final Four history. In this book, Paul Volponi chooses [...]

    17. I loved The “Final Four.” The author Paul Volponi did a great job on this book. I thought the book was really good. The book told a lot about how famous basketball players went through obstacles to achieve their dreams of becoming a pro. This book was well said. I think others should read it, especially people who love basketball. I knew the book was non fiction by how the story talked about real life basketball players. I think this story explained how someone can achieve something if they [...]

    18. HEARTBREAKER!!! That is one word that describes the book The Final Four. In this years’ college basketball Final Four the highlight game was the Michigan State spartans facing the Troy trojans. Michigan State was clearly the favored team to win in this game buy a lot over the cinderella team in Troy. Everybody thinks Michigan State has the easy victory against the Trojans but that is not the case in this book. This book got better and better as I got farther into it making me want to keep turn [...]

    19. The Final Four by Paul Volponi is a realistic fiction novel about a superstar on a heavily favored team in the Final Four in New Orleans. Malcolm, the protagonist is a freshman at Michigan State and his team is playing the Troy Trojans. The Trojans are a cinderella story and barely squeaked their way into the Final Four. On the other hand. Michigan State was the dominant team all year and is expected to take home the title. Malcolm has indescribable talent and led his team in scoring and assists [...]

    20. I was not sure if I would like a sports book, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The quotes from basketball players and coaches which started each chapter really tied in well and were meaningful. The pacing was good, feeding the reader a little bit of sports with as little bit of character development, so those who came to the book for the sports won't get encumbered by a lot of character blah blah blah while those who enjoy the character side of books won't feel bogged down by the sports. It al [...]

    21. Wow! This is the best Paul Volponi book ever!!It's the Michigan State Spartans and the Trojans of Troy University in the semi-finals of the NCAA Championships. It's March Madness at its best!Volponi creates an amazing story that focuses on the final few minutes of the semi-final game and the multiple overtime periods that follow regular play. The play by play action is fast paced and intense, but what will really grab readers is how Volponi weaves in the back stories of four of the key players f [...]

    22. This was the pick of my 5th period class. The format is probably what kept me most interested. The main focus of the novel is a final four NCAA game between the Trojans and the Spartans. How do you draw out 4 overtimes in a novel (we know how they do it on TV- commercials!)? Volponi told the back stories of 4 key players as the overtimes played out. There were interviews, journal entries and flashbacks. Each player had a different personality, different perception of the game of basketball and d [...]

    23. This novel "The Final Four" is about four players who is two separate teams. These two teams play against each other in the championship. During the story and games, the players lives are explained and their background. Malcolm is a young boy from the Detroit projects. Roko was born in Croatia and plays for the Trojans. The Trojans and Spartans are playing for the National Title. Its March Madness and its madness in the NCAA. Both teams are playing for something every team wants and has played a [...]

    24. I picked the Final Four because I am a very big sports fan and i'm very interested in basketball. I can read any basketball book and easily fall in love with it. I liked many things from the book. What I liked most was how the author gave every point of view from each character and each perspective from every player. What I liked least about the novel was that he gave too many perspectives throughout each chapter and made the book some what confusing. He told too many stories that you could forg [...]

    25. Malcolm, Roko, Crispin, and MJ are four boys who all want to win. But their dreams differ. Malcolm dreams to play in the NBA. Roko wants to be the pride of his parents and friends back in Croatia. Crispin wants his college love, Hope. MJ wants to be know for other than his name. March Madness has started and the Trojans and Spartans are at war. Both teams fates collide at the Superdome in New Orleans. Secrets are relived and heartbreaking moments are put on center stage as you read this book. Ho [...]

    26. I enjoyed this book very much. The Final Four was a great choice for me because I like basketball and I always have wondered what it felt to try to make it to the NBA. Final Four gave you a perfect idea of the physical, mental, and financial toll families pay to see their children play the game of basketball. Paul Volponi did a great job on spreading out the games with backgrounds on the players for both the underdogs and favored team. I learned alot about each player and by the end of the book [...]

    27. I read this book with the Final Four basketball games on in the background. Hearing the sounds of the game added so much to the reading of the book! I love March Madness and all of the accompanying hoopla. This was a great book to read, as it went in-depth and behind the scenes of a couple of the players on each of the teams. It jumps around in time, weaving the stories through the final minutes of the semi final game, but never loses the thread that ties it all together. A must read for college [...]

    28. This story is about two teams and there very close historic game in the final four going into four over times. Michigan state and the troy Trojans are going head to head to head. there are four main character Malcolm,Michael,Chris-pin,and Roko. they don't only have to compete and try to win on the court. but keep there lives in check, if you want a book with great basketball action and a tremendous story behind it then I strongly recamend the final four.

    29. I was deep into this book the whole time and I couldn't ask for more.I was a little disappointed about the turn out because the underdogs didn't win but then again I wouldn't change it for a thing. This was another good book and I plan on reading it again.

    30. This is BY FAR my favorite book I have ever read. I have read this book 3 times and it never fails to disappoint me. The characters are very relatable and I enjoy reading every part of the book. I would recommend this to anyone who knows anything about basketball.

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