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Grades 6 - 8Grades 3 - 6n/a5.164500

Levi was simple, like a child. It was the best thing about him, and it was the worst, too.

When high school senior Jonas moves to Seattle, he is glad to meet Levi, a nice, soft-spoken guy and fellow basketball player. Suspense builds like a slow drumbeat as readers start to smell a rat in Ryan Hartwell, a charismatic basketball coach and sexual predator. When Levi reluctantly tells Jonas that Hartwell abused him, Jonas has to decide whether he should risk his future career to report the coach. Pitch-perfect basketball plays, well-developed characters, and fine storytelling make this psychological sports novel a slam dunk.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on November 5, 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0547974590
ISBN-13: 9780547974590
4 Book Reviews
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  • BlaykeFriday, May 3, 2019 at 7:51 am
    the reason its good is it has alot of meaning in the book.
    • andcha
      andchaTuesday, October 13, 2015 at 8:49 am55 stars
      The book I read is called"Swagger" by Carl Deuker and it is really good! The settings in this book are at the basketball court, at Jonas's house and at school. Jonas was the main character in the story and he loves to play basketball. His position is point guard, he and he gets requested to go to college because of his skills. He doesn't know that his coach is weird and makes one of his students do some weird things. The turning point in the book is when he knows that his dad is getting better from a work injury, because he really cares for his dad. The antagonist in the book is Hartwell because he is the bad guy in the book who does bad things to Jonas's best friend Levi. The protagonist is Jonas because he is the main character of the book and he has to deal with a lot of things in his life like his dad getting hurt and his friend Levi that he has to deal with. I recommend this book to 7th grade and up because it has some harder words to read. I hope you liked this review and read this book.
      • andcha
        andchaTuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:23 am55 stars
        The book I read is called"Swagger" by Carl Deuker and it is really good! The settings in this book are at the basketball court, at Jonas's house and at school. Jonas was the main character in the story and he loves to play basketball. His position is point guard, he gets requested to go to college because of his basketball skills. He doesn't know that his coach is weird and makes one of his students do some weird things. The turning point in the book is when he knows that his dad is getting better from a work injury, because he really cares for his dad. The antagonist in the book is Hartwell because he is the bad guy in the book who does bad things to Jonas's best friend Levi. The protagonist is Jonas because he is the main character of the book and he has to deal with a lot of things in his life like his dad getting hurt and his friend Levi that he has to deal with. I recommend this book to 7th grade and up because it has some harder words to read. I hope you liked this review and read this book.
        • diamondkid
          diamondkidSunday, February 8, 2015 at 2:47 pm
          Swagger is a really good book. I really got hooked in the introduction! :)