Danger Zone

Danger Zone

by David Klass

When he joins a predominantly black "Teen Dream Team" that will be representing the United States in an international basketball tournament in Rome, Jimmy Doyle makes some unexpected discoveries about prejudice, racism, and politics. In this award-winning novel, a young basketball star confronts a nightmare of racism in "one of the most thrilling climaxes in recent sports writing."

  • Language: English
  • Category: Sports and Games
  • Rating: 4.02
  • Pages: 240
  • Publish Date: March 1st 1998 by Scholastic Paperbacks
  • Isbn10: 0590485911
  • Isbn13: 9780590485913

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Jimmy has always been the star in his town but when he has the opportunity to play on the USA Teen team he doesn't really accept the idea. This makes the book extremely boring when you aren't reading about Jimmy playing basketball. Once Jimmy figures out that playing on the USA Teen team would be exciting for him the story really begins. Within hours of meeting his full team, Jimmy makes an enemy out of Augustus LeMay. LeMay is the star point guard in America and he is another normal character, except his opinion on everything is affected by race. The story is reflected off of these two characters since they are the stars of the team. When the author isn't descibing a basketball game, he is emphasizing the point of racism. This makes the book pretty boring at times. I lost interest in this book because a majority of the time was not spent on basketball games.

I would highly recommend this book to a variety of readers even if you're not into sports books because of its informative information among discrimination, controversy, problem solving, and how to cope with hard challenges in life. This book "Danger Zone" revolves around a small town basketball player who faces discrimination, and a handful of controversy throughout the book. Jimmy Doyle is a white stocky basketball player about 5'10 ,the main character, who attends and plays for a small school in Graham, Minnesota.

Danger Zone By David Klass Review by John In the book Danger Zone, author David Klass opens our eyes to the racism still taking place around the world through a brilliantly crafted fiction on a sports team. Jimmy attempts to form a better relationship but Augustus stays stubborn, jealous of the perfect life of his teammate. In the final of this tournament, all of this tension results in an event that changes Jimmys life forever.

The book also mentioned some unknown side of America(some say this is the message of the story) and involved racism.

I liked how the main character was high school age, which makes it relatable since I am a freshman.

James Doyle wanted to keep playing in the 17 years and younger USA basketball team, but the threat made him and his teammates become worried, everywhere they went. My favorite part was when Doyle kept making baskets and scored the total of 43 points in the last half of the last game he had played with his team he had before. If the author hadn't done that, then it wouldn't of have shown that Doyle was a very good basketball player.

But his mom tells him he doesn't need to help she could do int on her own and he should join the team as they get ready for the big basketball tournament. The policeman hit the little man's shooting arm. I think that the beginning could of been better but I think that the ending really made sense for the book.

David Klass is the author of many young adult novels, including You Dont Know Me, Dark Angel, and Firestorm (The Caretaker Trilogy).