Sunday, November 4, 2007

Personal Best

Personal Best
Sylvia Gunnery
James Lorimer & Company, Ltd. Publishers
317 Adelaide Street West, Suite 1002, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1P9
ISBN: 978-1-55028-896-4, $8.95, 2005.
Reviewed for Reader Views, 11/2007.

What could be more exciting than to be a part of a basketball camp with a bunch of other boys who love the same sport? This is a bright spot too, since Jay and his family are forced to live with his grandfather since his family lost their house in a fire. Jay is all excited to be a part of the Acadia University Basketball Camp in Nova Scotia. He gets to stay in an actual college dorm and be away from home for a whole week. What makes it even better is the fact that his best friend Mike is going to the same camp.

What starts out as being probably the most thrilling thing that has ever happened in Jay's life takes a horrible turn. Mike's older brother, Chad, who is supposed to be the boy's coach and mentor is not at all what a mentor should be. It will take some work on the part of the boys to make it through a tough week. Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Chad used to seem like such a great guy. It takes the boys to make a difference in Chad's life.

"Personal Best" is an exciting continuation of the story which was first introduced in Sylvia Gunnery's book "Out of Bounds." I am anxiously awaiting to see if Ms Gunnery decides to continue Jay's story in another book.