Game Changers by Mike Lupica
What if there was a kid that tried to steal your best friend, make fun of you on the court, and beat you doing whatever it takes? Ben Mcbain had to go through all of that in one basketball season. The book took place on the basketball court and in Ben’s neighborhood. The protagonist name is Ben, and the antagonist is Chase Braggs. Chase Braggs is a kid from a rival town, Darby. Chase always tried to humiliate Ben doing whatever it took. By acting like he pushed him, calling him names, and celebrating after every shot he made. Some conflicts Ben had to overcome were when Chase, Ben, and his best friend Lily were at the Movie theatre getting a pizza. Chase was trying to be Lily’s best friend. It made Ben a little jealous. Chase started bad mouthing Ben’s team in quietly. Ben started to yell at him and he left angrily. It made Ben look bad in front of his best friend. Another conflict Ben had to overcome was when he lost his friend Sam to an injury. His team suffered without Sam and Ben thought the injury was his fault because he made Sam play with him at night and Sam stepped in a hole he couldn't see. That is the turning point in the book because Ben had a bad attitude about things and didn't love basketball as much as he used to. Without Sam, the Rams went 0-2. Will the Rams turn things around or will they fall in defeat? I really liked this book and I think you would too.