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Someone has murdered Brian's girlfriend, Amanda. The police think it was her father. Brian isn't so sure. But everyone he knows is telling him to move on, get over it, focus on the present. Focus on basketball. Focus on hitting that perfect shot. Brian hopes that the system will work for Amanda and her father. An innocent man couldn't be wrongly convicted, could he? But then Brian does a school project on Leo Frank, a Jewish man lynched decades ago for the murder of a teenage girl--a murder he didn't commit. Worse still, Brian's teammate Julius gets arrested for nothing more than being a black kid in the wrong place at the wrong time. Brian can't deny any longer that the system is flawed. As Amanda's father goes on trial, Brian admits to himself that he knows something that could break the case. But if he comes forward, will the real killer try for another perfect shot--this time against Brian?

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"Alphin (Picture Perfect) scores big with this novel starring the captain of a high school basketball team. The author explores themes of justice and an individual's civic and personal responsibility to see that justice is carried out. When Brian's neighbor Amanda, his childhood friend and sweetheart, is murdered, he lives life in a fog for months, distracted and disengaged, finding solace only while shooting hoops in his driveway or on the court. He remembers seeing a jogger in the neighborhood on the day of the murder but isn't sure it's relevant. Then at school, a history assignment lands him with an intriguing partner, and a project that has special relevance to his situation — the conviction of Leo Frank for the murder of a factory girl in 1913 Atlanta. The assignment becomes even more pertinent to Brian when Amanda's father is charged with the murder of his wife and two children, and Brian realizes that his encounter with the stranger may have relevance after all — and that there are parallels between the Frank case and what transpires in his small Indiana town. The plot grows somewhat overcomplicated, with themes of stereotyping and racial profiling when one of Brian's African-American teammates is arrested on an unrelated trumped-up charge. But there is lots of action, both in the basketball games and in the classroom projects. And the author's portrayal of Brian's slow awakening to a sense of personal integrity and responsibility — even at great personal cost — is convincing, and may well get readers thinking. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Brian uses basketball to block out memories of his girlfriend and her family who were gunned down a year ago, but the upcoming murder trial and a high school history assignment force him to face the past and decide how far he should go to see justice served.

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Lilly5510, April 12, 2006 (view all comments by Lilly5510)
This Book was very well put together and thought out. It was awesome how Alphin could take a story and also add historical events. I am also an avid basketball player, so I could relate to the subject of the story. The title The Perfect Shot was a perfect title also because the main character, Brian, is always trying to make that perfect shot during his game, and also his girfriend was shot with the perfect shot. I recommend this book to young adults. Enjoy!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781575058627
Author:
Alphin, Elaine Marie
Publisher:
Carolrhoda Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Children s-General
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
8.82x6.34x1.22 in. 1.24 lbs.
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 360 pages Carolrhoda Books - English 9781575058627 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Alphin (Picture Perfect) scores big with this novel starring the captain of a high school basketball team. The author explores themes of justice and an individual's civic and personal responsibility to see that justice is carried out. When Brian's neighbor Amanda, his childhood friend and sweetheart, is murdered, he lives life in a fog for months, distracted and disengaged, finding solace only while shooting hoops in his driveway or on the court. He remembers seeing a jogger in the neighborhood on the day of the murder but isn't sure it's relevant. Then at school, a history assignment lands him with an intriguing partner, and a project that has special relevance to his situation — the conviction of Leo Frank for the murder of a factory girl in 1913 Atlanta. The assignment becomes even more pertinent to Brian when Amanda's father is charged with the murder of his wife and two children, and Brian realizes that his encounter with the stranger may have relevance after all — and that there are parallels between the Frank case and what transpires in his small Indiana town. The plot grows somewhat overcomplicated, with themes of stereotyping and racial profiling when one of Brian's African-American teammates is arrested on an unrelated trumped-up charge. But there is lots of action, both in the basketball games and in the classroom projects. And the author's portrayal of Brian's slow awakening to a sense of personal integrity and responsibility — even at great personal cost — is convincing, and may well get readers thinking. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Brian uses basketball to block out memories of his girlfriend and her family who were gunned down a year ago, but the upcoming murder trial and a high school history assignment force him to face the past and decide how far he should go to see justice served.
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