Travel Team is a wonderful sports fiction book, one of Mike Lupicas best. Danny Walker of Middletown just finds out he didnt make the Vikings travel team, that his dad played on and took to the Little League Basketball World Series. The worst part is, he got cut only because he is too short. So Dannys dad, Richie, decides to start a new team for all the kids, who got cut for the wrong reason.
As Danny expects they arent too good because they keep getting creamed, (until Richie decides to straighten out his life). Then Ty Ross, Middletowns number one player, joins the team. This is where you cant put it down. The team is now very good and the tournament is starting. You have to read this book to figure out how it ends.
This motivating story is outstanding, as are all of Mike Lupicas books, such as Heat, Wild Pitch, Red Zone, and Bump and Run. If you play basketball like me, you will love this book. We all can connect to this book because we remember times when you work your hardest, but its still not good enough, you keep trying still because you love it. That was a big strength of the book for me. This book starts little slow but thats the only problem. The rest is perfection. Written at about a 5th grade level, any one, from 10 and older would love this book. Its thrilling, motivating and very inspirational, I recommend it to all sports lovers.
Travel Team by Mike Lupica was an average book. I began the book with high hopes because of its bestseller status, but they were soon dashed. Travel Team is about 7th grader Danny Walker, whose father, Richie Walker, was the leader of the 7th grade travel team that won the National Championship. Richie Walker, after winning the championship, got drafted into the NBA. Unfortunately, in Richie Walkers first season he got into a bad car accident and his career immediately ended. I thought the book was extremely predictable the entire time and I didnt think it was very enjoyable to read. The dialogue was terrible and filled with cheesy clichÃ©s. The only thing Danny Walker wants to do is to make the travel team and take the team to the championship, like his dad. It is the classic underdog story because Danny Walker ends up not making the team because he was too short. With any underdog story, you always know the ending. Dannys parents are divorced and at just the opportune time, Dannys father, Richie, shows up and puts together a team of kids who couldnt make the team, like Danny. Richie enters the team into a tournament with the 7th grade travel team from the town. Travel Team also leaves you hanging at the end because you do not know whether the team won the tournament, but you could connect the dots. I did not particularly like Travel Team, but I am not that big of a basketball fan; I am more of a baseball fan. I have also never been in the situation of having to try out for something like basketball. I think I would have enjoyed Mike Lupicas other book, Heat. I definitely think that I would have enjoyed this book if I was someone who was in the position of not making the team because it would have been closer to my heart. I though it was an average book and extremely predictable. I only recommend Travel Team if you really love basketball and have been in the position of not making the team.
Travel Team by Mike Lupica
a review by Cody Chace
This illustrious tale restates the life experiences of a seventh grade boy named Daniel Walker who has every intention of making his town travel team. The game of basketball seems to run in the family seeing that Dannys father, Richie Walker, played in the National Basketball Association or the NBA on the Warriors for a couple of seasons. Back when he lived in Middleboro where Danny now lives he himself was on this specific travel team and led the team all the way to the national championship. Later, the night of tryouts comes, after Danny has been outside every practicing for at least three hours, he thinks he does great but unfortunately in the end he is cut and doesnt make the team. When Danny seems to have given up hope his father decides to make a second team including Danny and all his friends who did not make the team. After a rather successful season they had over overcome many obstacles that had seem to be in the way of their eventual goal which is winning a state championship.
The main theme of this book is change especially for Dannys father and his sense of trust is now stronger as well as his ability to become a great parent. I can relate to this story because I actually played on a seventh grade travel team for Easton. I also felt that present tense of the book is what made it so gratifying to the reader. This Means that every thing that is happening in the story is going on in the world right now. I myself enjoy the game of basketball and basically anything else to do with it that is why I could not put the book down because I had to see how basketball is interpreted through the eyes of someone else. Also to learn from his experiences.