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True Legend by Mike Lupica *****

True Legend is about a teenage basketball star’s road to the big time. Drew Robinson is only a junior in high school and is already being recruited by big time collages and having to deal with stardom at a young age. He is a point guard for Oakley high in Queens, New York. People that aren’t his real friends are kissing up to him and collages are doing everything in their power to persuade him to come to their school. He is forced to make many big decisions that could jeopardize his future if he does the wrong thing.

Some of those decisions are very hard to make when you are only a 17 year old kid. But he is constantly reminded of what not making the right decisions with your life can do when he stumbles upon a street ball legend that never made it out of the hood. One night when he was going to Morrison Park to shoot around like he did most nights. Drew always loved these courts because it was quiet and he felt like he could play without anyone watching him.

But that night changed his life because he saw a man that looked like a basketball god. He never missed any shots, he seemed as if he could glide in the air for minutes, and his ball handling was very impressive even to Drew who had always prided himself on being a great ball handler. Drew was absolutely astounded by this guy’s outstanding skill and decided that he wanted to learn more about him.

So Drew goes on a mission to learn about this legend and finds out a little more than he bargained for. He found out that this man has had a dark past and made a lot of bad decisions that has led him to living in an old rundown apartment and living a very rough life instead of being in the NBA and making the millions. This man takes Drew under his wing and teaches him how to make it big.

This book was one of my favorite books of all time. I really enjoyed it a lot. I really liked the plot of the story and how it was written. The author was very descriptive and kept me interested throughout the book. It was very suspenseful and kept me wanting more. This book is a very inspiring book for kids that have a dream in anything in life and how even if you are outstanding at something, if you make a couple mistakes it can ruin everything you ever worked for. The biggest piece of advice in this book is that it is okay to make mistakes, just stay away from the big ones.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes basketball or even sports books in general. It is very interesting and you learn many great lessons along the way. This book is written by a very good author and if you are looking for an uplifting and intriguing story than this is the book for you.

Megan Hughes is in her third year as publications adviser at Park Hill South High School. She currently advises the View newsmagazine, South Paw yearbook and LitMag.