Reviews for Jump Shot
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring
With Paul Mantell. After a championship football season (End Zone), Tiki and Ronde are recruited for the unsuccessful junior-high basketball team. As the star player's family drama spills onto the court, the twins, with help from Tiki's advice column, teach "Sugar" that caring for each team member shows true leadership. Despite the self-righteous storytelling, the sports action keeps things moving.
Kirkus Reviews 2013 October #2
In their seventh book, Hidden Valley Junior High's star footballers Tiki and Ronde Barber keep busy in the offseason by playing basketball. There is one spot open on the basketball team, and a teammate's dad has offered either twin 20 hours a week of work at his warehouse. In keeping with the book's generally light tone, which teen will play ball and which will work is decided in a feel-good, amicable competition, with only a bit of friendly trash talk as each twin tries to outshoot the other. Tiki joins the team, only to discover that his teammates have low morale, thanks to ball-hogging star player Sugar Morton and the well-meaning but ineffective coach who won't stand up to him. Ronde's lesson comes in the form of his economically struggling co-worker, Ralph Ramirez, whose mom's illness reminds Ronde that "[w]hatever problems he and Tiki had, other people had harder things to deal with, by far." Meanwhile, Tiki addresses his problems with Sugar in the advice column he writes for the school newspaper, which--in the book's least convincing plot point--helps Sugar see the error of his ways. Lively basketball action and life lessons aplenty, some more realistic than others. (Fiction. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.