Dan Gutman is the author of many novels for children, including four other Million Dollar books: The Million Dollar Strike, The Million Dollar Goal, The Million Dollar Kick, The Million Dollar Shot; the Funny Boy books; and Virtually Perfect (winner of the Nevada Young Readers' Award a Virginia Young Readers' Award nominee). He lives with his family in New Jersey.
Visit his website, www.dangutman.com
Gr 3-6-Eleven year-old Eddie Ball has a problem. He and his mother have dreamed of moving from the trailer park where they live, but now she has lost her job with Finkle Foods. Eddie and his friend, Annie, learn of a poetry contest sponsored by Finkle Foods. The winner of the contest gets an opportunity to sink a foul shot during halftime at the NBA finals and win one million dollars. Eddie is a good basketball player, and with coaching from Annie's father, he becomes even better. Mr. Finkle tries to get Eddie to throw his chance at winning the money because Finkle Foods is in financial trouble. Another complication arises when it appears someone is trying to sabotage Eddie's practice sessions. Eddie's friendship with Annie, the mystery of the sabotage, and the growing relationship between Eddie's mother and Annie's father create several interesting storylines. Narration by Johnny Heller is clear, and he does an excellent job portraying Eddie and the other characters. His reading enhances the humor and excitement of the story. The suspense and sports action will especially hook reluctant readers. A good choice for school and public libraries.-Ginny Harrell, William M. McGarrah Elementary School, Morrow, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.