This was a great read about a boy facing the challenges of everyday life and his recent diabetes diagnosis. The book talks about diabetes and osme of the side effects of the illness. It shows how a boy needs for his friends to treat him normally and how he can do everything they can even if he has a disease. Relates to most everyday life and challenges and how we tend to treat people different because we are not well informed about different types of illnesses. Sunni Preston, Teacher, University Meadows Elementary School.
Book Buzz, December 2010
Rusty Young loves to play basketball. He has his heart set on gaining a spot on the summer basketball league team. Unfortunately, Rusty faces a major health setback when he is diagnosed with diabetes. His parents are quite concerned and limit Rusty’s time to practice basketball. Readers will follow the main character through life’s ups and downs. Each chapter is filled with lots of basketball court action that is sure to appeal to basketball fans. Life lessons about loyalty, teamwork, and perseverance are the message of this addition to the Matt Christopher sports library series. A good choice for reluctant, male readers.
Richmond Public Schools, October 2010
This is an updated version of the original 1963 book. The main character is Rusty who overcomes health issues to play basketball. The characters include the other boys on the team and the coach. The beginning is about Rusty's fight to continue playing. The story goes on as the new coach helps the boys to improve. The end tells how well the team does in competition. Highly Recommended.
Richardson Independent School District's Library Media Services Book Review Program, June 2010