True Legend - Mike Lupica

True Legend

By Mike Lupica

  • Release Date: 2012-09-04
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 242 Ratings)

Book Information

#1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica makes his return to the basketball court!

There's a reason teammates call him "True." Because for basketball phenom Drew Robinson, there is nothing more true than his talent on the court. It's the kind that comes along once in a generation and is loaded with perks--and with problems.

Before long, True buys in to his own hype, much to the chagrin of his mother, who wants to keep her boy's head grounded--and suddenly trouble has a way of finding him. That is, until a washed-up former playground legend steps back onto the court and takes True under his wing.

In this age of street agents promising riches to kids barely out of elementary school and college programs being taken down because of recruiting violations, True Legend is a resonant and inspiring novel in the Lupica tradition.

***"The perfect trifecta of deep knowledge and portrayal of the history and culture of basketball, keen insight into the obstacle course of motivations and temptations facing a talented young man, and perfect-pitch sports writing. . . Lupica is the greatest sportswriter for middle-grade readers, and this book, True Legend, is a reminder of his dominance."*** —VOYA, starred review 

“Lupica scores another winner with this cautionary tale. . . . Loaded with action-packed, suspenseful basketball sequences, crisp dialogue, sharply drawn characters, and keen insight into contemporary basketball culture in America, Drew’s story illuminates the realities and choices facing gifted young athletes.” —School Library Journal

"Written in a fluid mix of slightly distant exposition and terse dialogue, the tale features plenty of suspenseful, expertly depicted hoops action along with choices both wrong and, ultimately, right made in the face of glittering temptations." —Booklist

From the Hardcover edition.

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Recent Reviews

  • True Legend

    By SportFreak111
    Wow, that was one of the greatest books that I have ever read!!! Great book for all readers, especially for young, high-school basketball players. I highly recommend this book'

    By Sportguy28
    This book is great with lots of twists and I recommend this book to everone
  • Amazing!

    By Prison_Jo
    Such an awesome book. I could read it over and over and never get tired of reading it.
  • Wow!

    By jambo mambo kambo lambo
    A fascinating book that brought a 16 year old sports fan to tears. Lupica keeps getting better!!!!
  • Best Lupica Book I've Read So Far

    By Smiley2313
    To me this Lupica's best book he's written so far and it was definitely my favorite. I probably liked it more than some others because I love basketball. I'm hoping he'll write a sequel kinda like with Travel Team and Summer Ball. GREAT BOOK!!!!!
  • Great book

    By SJuhawk14
    I've read almost all of lupicas books and he did not disappoint in this one #true
  • True That

    By Zombie Loozer
  • This is... UNREAL

    By Imawesome1472
    Dang, dude you are a psycho when it comes to writing young adult sports books! My biggest question of all: How does he get these amazing ideas? Sometimes I say, "eh, I'll go to bed in 15 minutes" and end up going to bed in 1 hour, I JUST CAN'T STOP READING!!
  • Can't wait

    By TheBookQueen
    Can't wait for this book! I love Mike Lupica's books and I'm sure this one will exceed expectations!!!
  • Cannot wait

    By mcgranahan01
    I can't wait for this book mike lupica makes the best novels and this one just seem sweet