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Levi was simple, like a child. It was the best thing about him, and it was the worst, too. When high school senior Jonas moves to Seattle, he is glad to meet Levi, a nice, soft-spoken guy and fellow...
Levi was simple, like a child. It was the best thing about him, and it was the worst, too. When high school senior Jonas moves to Seattle, he is glad to meet Levi, a nice, soft-spoken guy and fellow...
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  • Levi was simple, like a child. It was the best thing about him, and it was the worst, too.

    When high school senior Jonas moves to Seattle, he is glad to meet Levi, a nice, soft-spoken guy and fellow basketball player. Suspense builds like a slow drumbeat as readers start to smell a rat in Ryan Hartwell, a charismatic basketball coach and sexual predator. When Levi reluctantly tells Jonas that Hartwell abused him, Jonas has to decide whether he should risk his future career to report the coach. Pitch-perfect basketball plays, well-developed characters, and fine storytelling make this psychological sports novel a slam dunk.

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  • Carl Deuker is the popular, critically acclaimed author of Payback Time, Gym Candy (a Texas Lone Star title), and Runner (a Booklist Top 10 Sports Book). He lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle, Washington. Visit his website at www.membersauthorsguild.net/carldeuker.

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  • DOGO Books andcha - The book I read is called"Swagger" by Carl Deuker and it is really good! The settings in this book are at the basketball court, at Jonas's house and at school. Jonas was the main character in the story and he loves to play basketball. His position is point guard, he and he gets requested to go to college because of his skills. He doesn't know that his coach is weird and makes one of his students do some weird things. The turning point in the book is when he knows that his dad is getting better from a work injury, because he really cares for his dad. The antagonist in the book is Hartwell because he is the bad guy in the book who does bad things to Jonas's best friend Levi. The protagonist is Jonas because he is the main character of the book and he has to deal with a lot of things in his life like his dad getting hurt and his friend Levi that he has to deal with. I recommend this book to 7th grade and up because it has some harder words to read. I hope you liked this review and read this book.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 14, 2013
    When 17-year-old basketball player Jonas Dolan moves to Seattle, he not only has to earn a spot on a new team, he also needs to spend enough time on the court to impress a college coach interested in giving him a scholarship. When the team’s coach is injured, and young Coach Hartwell takes over with a fast-break style that’s in line with Jonas’s own, the team starts winning—and Jonas finally has a starring role as point guard. But Deuker (Payback Time) provides enough foreshadowing for readers to understand that something is wrong with the new coach, who served beer to players at a party at his apartment and was involved in the accident that landed Coach Knecht in the hospital. The novel includes descriptions of many basketball plays and strategies, which should make this book particularly appealing to fans of the game. The plotting is otherwise somewhat slow—despite short, rapid-fire chapters—but once Jonas (and readers) figure out what’s going on with Coach Hartwell, the pace quickens, and Jonas’s struggle to do the right thing intensifies. Ages 12–up.

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