Summer Ball

Summer Ball

by Mike Lupica


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The sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Travel Team!

When you're the smallest kid playing a big man's game, the challenges never stop—especially when your name is Danny Walker. Leading your travel team to the national championship may seem like a dream come true, but for Danny, being at the top just means the competition tries that much harder to knock him off. Now Danny's heading to Right Way basketball camp for the summer, and he knows that with the country's best players in attendance, he's going to need to take his game up a notch if he wants to match up. But it won't be easy. Old rivals and new battles leave Danny wondering if he really does have what it takes to stand tall.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142411537
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/15/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 61,382
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Mike Lupica is the author of multiple bestselling books for young readers, including QB 1, Heat, Travel Team, Million-Dollar Throw, and The Underdogs. He has carved out a niche as the sporting world’s finest storyteller. Mike lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children. When not writing novels, Mike Lupica writes for New York's Daily News, appears on ESPN's The Sports Reporters and hosts The Mike Lupica Show on ESPN Radio. You can visit Mike Lupica at

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Praise for Summer Ball:
“Lupica is at his best when he puts the reader right in the center of the action on the court. His game descriptions are fast, accurate, and exciting. Young sports-fiction fans will eat this up.” –Booklist
“Sports fans will relish the on-court action, expertly rendered in Lupica's taut prose. This worthy sequel to Travel Team should earn a wide audience.” –School Library Journal
“Lupica knows his basketball and knows how to spin a page-turner of a story. Those who enjoyed the first installment of Danny's story will be thrilled to read a sequel, and even those middle school readers who are not huge sports fans will want to cheer for Danny Walker, who proves that determination can be a whole lot bigger than height.” –VOYA

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Summer Ball 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Collin More than 1 year ago
Introduction Summer Ball is a book about a teenage boy who has trouble with his height. The teenage boy's name is Danny Walker, and he plays basketball. Danny's two best friends are Ty and Will. Description and summary of main points Danny and his two friends are going to a basketball camp called Right Way. Both his friends are excited, but Danny keeps worrying because he knows he will be playing against kids who are taller and bigger than he is. He gets really worried when the girl he likes from his school shows up. Evaluation At Right Way he gets on the same team as the kid he played on his travel team. He also gets a horrible coach who relates back to his dad. He is the oddball there and constantly gets picked on. In this book Danny learns to get along with the other kids. Even though all the other kids are bigger, he never gives up. Conclusion Danny is just like every other teenage boy. He gets nervous around the girl he likes. He is shorter than any of the other kids his age, but through everything Danny pulls through. Your final review Summer Ball is a very good book for teenagers. If you read this book then you will enjoy the story and adventure of Danny Walker. I would advise you to read this book.
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I_am_on_my_LEVEL_ARE_YOU_ More than 1 year ago
This story had such a great layout! Danny the protagonist is a basketball player. He loves the sport and can't get enough of it. Danny has a high expectation after beating Baltimore in the final game in the prequel "Travel Team". The author does a great job of showing how much he loves basketball. It's like the only thing that matters to Danny is basketball, but of course it's not. Also how the author describes Danny is phenomenal! You really get an amazing picture. The way the author makes the situations Danny gets into feel so real. The realness makes you want to read on. Mike Lupica the author of this book did a job that made me speechless, and I would read it again any day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like team umi zoomi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated it like brussell sprouts
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kellyoliva on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While Mike Lupica is great at creating suspense, I wouldn't recommend this book to my students. I felt the dialogue was weak and cliche and the ending too predicatble. Danny is very small for his age but a stellar basketball player nonetheless. During Summer Ball, he is heading off to his first summer basketball camp. The three week camp starts off poorly, and for Danny, things only seem to get worse. His coach, Ed Powers, doesn't think Danny is capable of being a good basketball player, and he rarely puts Danny in the games. To make matters worse, Danny is teamed up with Rasheed, an amazing basketball player from and opposing school year team that Danny "flopped" to win the 7th grade championship. Rasheed and Danny must learn to cooperate on the court if they want to win the final camp championship. Danny also has to keep his cool around Lamar, the camp Bully who is intent on breaking Danny's spirits, calling him "midget" and "shoo fly." I found several editing flaws with this book, and I found the characters difficult to relate to (though this might have something to do with the fact that I am not a 14 year old boy). I won't read another of Lupica's books, though I have to say that I am not a fan of sports books!
ctmsrywi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read the book Summer Ball by Mike Lupica. The book is about Danny Walker a normal thirteen year old with amazing basketball skill that is going to summer camp for the best basketball players in the country. This book was so good you couldn¿t take it out of my hands. Danny and his friends travel to Right Way, the best basketball camp in the country. When he gets there he sees Rasheed, his travel team rival. Danny and his rival still don¿t like each other, but that¿s not his only problem. His coach doesn¿t like Danny and Danny doesn¿t like him. Danny¿s summer has changed drastically.This is one of the best books I¿ve ever read. I think many people can relate to it because a lot of people go to summer camps and many people have rivals. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys sports or a good story. ryan
jsjohnso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Danny Walker who is 13 goes to a basketball camp. He really has a feel for the game but his problem is his height. Danny had just led his travel team to win the National Championship and when he gets to camp (Josh Cameron's Right Way Camp) with his friends (Ty and Will) he found that Rasheed was there. He had beated Rasheed in the final game for the championship. Rasheed asscused Danny of "Flopping on me." But Danny did not flop. The boys at camp were assigned to a team and Danny and Rasheed were on the same team (Celtics) They eventually became good friends and worked together to wind the camp playoffs. The final game was against the Lakers and Lamar Parrish was the main player. Lamar was a bully and Danny had a fight with Lamar because Lamar put a needle in Zach's basketball. Zach and Danny were in Dampel Pavilion (cabin for sleeping) and they became friends. Gampell was for 11 year olds and Danny was upset that he was assigned to a cabin with younger boys and not with his friends. Coach Ed Popwers was over his team and his rule was >My way or the Highway." He did not like Danny and gave his a hard time. He had Offered Danny's father a scholarship to play college ball but Danny's father turned it down so Coach Powers had it out for Danny. When Danny when to talk with Coach Powers about the team (faked a hurt leg) Coach Powers told Danny he was too short for the game and told him it would break his heart and that he should consider soccer! Tess Hewitt and Danny were friends and Danny really like Tess but at the end of the school year, Tess started hanging around with Mr. Perfect, Scott Welles. Danny could not talk with Tess and really was messing up thir fiendship. However, when things were really bad at Camp and Danny wanted to go home Tess emailed him to let him know she was at her Uncle's place a mile away from the basketball camp. It chanaged everything for Danny. The day after Danny found out she was there, Danny, Will, Ty and Zach took a canoe from the cammp and went to see Tess!! Later Tess came to the camp to take pictures and Lamar smashed her camers. Lamar was out to get Danny but in the final seconds fo the final game for camp championship, Danny was able to steal the ball from Lamar Parrish and the final score was Celtics 64, Lakers 63. At the end of the game the boys called the plays and Rasheed forced Coach Powers to let Danny play. The book ended with Danny making a soccer kick with the game ball after he won the game for the Celtics! Showing Coach Powers that he could controll the ball!!!
ondrejspursfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best sports authors ever. This sequal to travel team is about feelings, and learning to stand up for yourself. A great read!
lindamamak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great sequel to Travel Team, boys will love the way basketball once again rules.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 This was Josh Cameron’s Right Way Camp, about an hour side of Portland, Maine, in a town called Cedarville.”(10) The book I read was Summer Ball, written by Mike Lupica. This book is a sequel of Travel Team, and it is the story of Danny Walker, and his fight to be a great basketball player, despite his short size. Danny goes to a very exceptional basketball camp, named Josh Cameron’s Right Way Basketball Camp, with a couple of his friends named Ty and Will. Danny’s father is Richie Walker, a star point guard from Syracuse, but after a fighting problem with his knees, he retired young and never made the “Athletic Fortune.”  Richie found a way to pay for Danny walker to go to this camp, and he believes his son can make a splash in the basketball world, even with his size. Right Way Camp is a five star camp, so if Danny makes it in this camp, he can make it anywhere. Summer Ball’s main character is Danny Walker, a small point guard who lives with his father, Richie Walker, and mother. Danny’s main problem is that he loves and is devoted to the game of basketball, but he has one major problem. He is always BY FAR the shortest player on his basketball team, and being short in the game of basketball is a major issue. When he attempts to shoot, he has to throw the ball as high as a rainbow. Richie Walker is Danny’s father, and he was an all American high-school player, and he got recruited by the University of Syracuse. He was about to be drafted in the NBA, but problems with his knees led him to retire extremely early. This summer, Danny is going to play in arguably the basketball camp in America, the Right Way Basketball Camp, and run by Josh Cameron. This camp is played in Portland, Maine. The antagonist in this story is Coach Powers, the coach of Danny Walker’s team. Coach Powers dislike Danny like a human hates a mosquito in the summer. That is the main conflict, Danny trying to get playing time in this camp. I enjoyed this book an enormous amount. Summer Ball really showed the true meaning of being an underdog, and how you should always keep your hopes up, no matter what position you are in. When Danny met Rasheed Hill, his arch nemesis, I felt like there would be much more tension, due to how they ended up on the same team! After many games in the camp, Danny and Rasheed started to begin a friendship, and that taught me that it doesn’t matter the past you had with a person, you can still have an amazing friendship, just like Danny and Rasheed Hill. In this book I liked the description of the summer camp, it helped me relate, because I also go to many basketball summer camps. One thing DIDN’T like about the book, was it was very predictable. At the beginning of the book, when Danny saw Rasheed and Coach Powers, we ALL knew that they would win the championship and Danny would end up liking Coach Powers and Rasheed Hill. I would’ve liked for them to throw something unique and different at the reader of this book, it would’ve made it much more enjoyable. Over all, the main emotions I felt were happiness, suspense, anticipation, and joy. Summer Ball would be a great read for much different type of people. I think that the best type of people to read this book would be someone who played basketball from ages 12-15. Also, this book could be read-and-enjoyed by anybody who simply played a sport. The genre of this book is realistic fiction, because it may not have happened, but it definitely could of. The theme of this book is to never give up, and also to always believe in yourself and your abilities. One of the themes is never give up, because it didn’t matter Danny how many times Coach Powers made him run, he never slowed down his pace. The other theme is believe in yourself because at one point, Danny had convinced himself he was the worst basketball player at Right Way Basketball Camp, but he eventually gained confidence, and made the game winning shot for Danny’s team to win the championship.   Lupica, Mike. Summer Ball. New York, NY: Philomel, 2007. Print.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Summer Ball is a fun, exciting book where a young boy named Danny go to a big league camp called "Right Way" by Josh Cameron and he learns that not everything will go his way especially when Danny gets placed in the wrong bunkhouse. Danny gets placed in the college bunkhouse with the fifth and sixth graders instead of in the Boston Garden bunkhouse with all his buds and the thirteen year olds. At the college bunkhouse Danny meets this kid named Zach who looks like Danny and is also reallt short, but really fast. Zach does not want to go to this camp because his parents forced him to go because they think he is better than he actually is. When ge gets an offer to go to Boston Garden Damny denys it because he enjoys hanging around with Zach. Finally, Danny finds out who us coach is going to be for the next month and it turns out to be Coach Powers. The coach dislikes Danny from the start and he thinks Rashweed, Danny's rival, is better than him. In nationals last year Danny beat Rashweed's team for the championship game. Will Danny find a way for his coach to like him and have fun at this camp?
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