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#1377398 in Books 2011-05-31Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.50 x 5.50 x .50l, .45 #File Name: 1934813583216 pages | File size: 24.Mb Mark Fink : Stepping Up before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised Stepping Up: 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. For Young Hoops FanaticsBy KCWhen it comes to YA, there are suspension bridges of disbelief and there are suspension bridges of disbelief. This one puts the Golden Gate to shame. So if you're a fan of realistic YA in the sports genre, you'll probably get a few chuckles out of this and write a twoword review: "Yeah, right." Three stars.But I'll be kind and take it from the point of view of a middle school-aged boy
who loves basketball and hates reading, loves large font and hates reading, and loves happy endings and hates reading. From that point of view, this is a 3-pointer instead of a 3-star-er. And it hits from well outside the arc, too.For one, it's about two best friends who go to a basketball camp where a near-tragedy unfolds endangering lives and NO PARENTS ARE CONTACTED. The boys are 14, so I guess you'd expect as much, right? (JK, as they say.) As for happy endings, Mark Fink does not settle for one -- he runs up the score by taking our protagonist seven years into the future for even more good news. Whew! One can dream, I guess, and sometimes books are the medium for that dreaming.All that said, I'll praise the book on two counts especially: As with John Coy, you get some easily-read but technically-accurate description of game action. A lot of boys speak that language. The other highlight is the humor. Fink hits the right note in back-and-forth badinage, and I found myself chuckling at some of the one-liners. Better yet, some of it is put-down humor. Now there's a writer who knows his audience.For its demographic, STEPPING UP is a wise purchase. It's fairly clean with only one or two mild profanities. Beyond that (and under its bridge), the book is about as middle reader-friendly as you're going to get and may even appeal to the struggling reader in high school. Keeping my inner cynic at arms length, then, I'd say not bad -- not bad at all.1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Engaging read!By G. GalantiI bought this book as a gift for my young cousin. He's a teenage boy and a sports fanatic. I'm neither. I LOVED IT! It was warm and funny and thought-provoking. It's refreshing to read something meant for teenage boys that has a meaningful message as well as a great story. The characters and teenage angst were believable. I think this is a story that adolescents will relate to and parents can be happy with, knowing that their teenagers are not wasting their brain cells.1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Great for a Middle School Reluctant ReaderBy Bob B.I gave this as a gift to a young man (basketball fan) who doesn't read as often as his mother and I would like. He inhaled this book and can't stop talking about it. Stuttering teen boy goes to basketball camp, finds hidden talents and strengths. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the detailed accounts of the action on the court and the camaraderie that comes with athletic camps. Reluctant readers, especially boys,will like this sitcom-style novel with its even pacing and easy-tofollow story line. --School Library JournalThe hoops action has plenty of appeal. This harkens back to the sports stories of Matt Christopher, and those never go out of style. --BooklistA touching and funny story about teen issues of freindship, fitting in and finding out who you really are. --KidsBookshelf.comAbout the AuthorMark Fink has written for television, including Full House and Saved by the Bell, and created Hang Time. Stepping Up is his first novel.