The Million Dollar Shot

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Disney-Hyperion, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 128 pages
83 Reviews
When Eddie Ball finds out about the Finkles contest -- a chance to win a million dollars just by sinking a foul shot at the NBA finals -- he realizes it could be the end of his family's troubles, especially since his mother was just laid off from the Finkle factory. But someone really wants Eddie to shoot an air ball, and will do almost anything to sabotage his million dollar shot ...

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I rate it a 5 star because I love the ending. - Goodreads
Cheesy ending, but overall a good book :) - Goodreads
A predictable ending, but still a great read. - Goodreads
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4 stars (out of 5)
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age: 3rd-6th/7th gr.
The Million Dollar Shot is a book about a kid who won a poetry contest and had a chance to win a million dollars. All he had to do
was make a foul shot during halftime in a NBA finals game. But someone will do anything to sabotage the shot. (Review by a 5th grader - Nick)
5 stars (out of 5)
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age: 3rd-5th grade
The Million Dollar Shot is a very good book. It is about a kid who wins a contest to take a foul shot in game one of the NBA finals. His dad died a couple of years ago and he and his mom are very poor. Will he make the shot? (Review by a 5th grader - Spencer)
5 stars (out of 5)
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age: 3rd-6th gr.
This boy named Eddie was poor and lived in a trailer park. He entered in a contest to shoot a million dollar shot. He shot the ball'll have to read it to find out if he made the shot and won the million dollars. (Review by a 5th grader - LC)
5 stars (out of 5)
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age: 4th-5th grade
The reason I rated the book the way I did is because there is a lot of suspense so you have to keep on reading it. Another reason is that he writes a poem to get to take the milli8on dollar shot. So then he takes 500-600 shots a day. Finkel wants Eddie to miss, but Eddie wans the million dollars. There is 4 ways to miss: short, long, left, and right. Will he make it?

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User Review  - Susanne Davison - Goodreads

My 2nd group of 3rd graders enjoy this so much! They wouldn't leave at the end of class because they didn't want to wait to continue the story the following week. A predictable ending, but still a great read. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Dan Gutman was born in New York City on October 19, 1955. He received a degree in psychology from Rutgers University in 1977. He started a video game magazine in 1982 called Video Games Player, which later became Computer Games. When the magazine went out of business in 1985, he decided to become a full-time writer. He wrote several non-fiction baseball books for adults, before changing his focus to non-fiction sports books for children. In 1994, he decided to switch to children's fiction. He is the author of the Baseball Card Adventures Series, My Weird School series, My Weird School Daze series, My Weirder School series, and The Genius Files series.