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  Danger Zone by David Klass

Review by: John T.
California, Grade 10

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. We follow 16 year old Jimmy as he travels around the world, learning of the struggles that some of his fellow teammates deal with.
Jimmy has had a tough childhood. His mother runs a small convenient store, and the single mother struggles to support her three children after her husband dies. Because of this, Jimmy, the young superstar out of Minnesota, almost chooses to stay home so that he could stay to help his mother at the store. Eventually he is convinced to go after his girlfriend offers to help out at the store.
When the high school student reaches his first destination of Los Angeles, he meets his teammates and immediately a tension is formed with the California superstar Agustus. Augustus is upset with Jimmy because rumors were floating around that the spot had been taken from his cousin. Jimmy attempts to form a better relationship but Augustus stays stubborn, jealous of the “perfect” life of his teammate. Jimmy seeking for pity for his poor life finally set Augustus over the edge. He decided to give Jimmy a tour of his childhood, where children were stuck in gangs in childhood, and people are shot on the daily. This trip gave him the realization that there is more to life than his little town of Granham.
As his team moves further into the international tourney, we start to see fans of other teams that are upset that certain nationalities are playing in the tournament. The team is berated by racist remarks from these horrible people. In the final of this tournament, all of this tension results in an event that changes Jimmy’s life forever.

Overall, this book was an amazing read. The author did an amazing job developing the backstories of his characters in a way that let you know exactly the situation that the players came from. The writing used such great detail that I felt as if I was out on the court taking buzzer beating shots. I would recommend this book to any sports lovers looking for an interesting read.

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