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ISBN:1934813036
Author: Mark Fink
ISBN13: 978-1934813034
Title: Stepping Up
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Language: English
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Publisher: WestSide Books; 1st edition (March 24, 2009)
Pages: 216

Stepping Up by Mark Fink



Mark Fink's "Stepping Up" is a very insightful, motivating, and hysterical book about basketball. I liked this book and would rate it a 4 out of 5 because it was action-packed, and was filled with basketball throughout. It was great comeback story, and you couldn’t help, but cheer for Ernie as he takes on his best friend Mike, and the enemy team to prove that he is more than just an average person. This book would appeal to anybody who loves basketball, or a great comeback story.

Mark Fink has written for television, including Full House and Saved by the Bell, and created Hang Time. Stepping Up is his first novel. Age Range: 12 and up. Grade Level: 7 - 9. Paperback: 216 pages. JK, as they sa. As for happy endings, Mark Fink does not settle for one - he runs up the score by taking our protagonist seven years into the future for even more good news. Whew! One can dream, I guess, and sometimes books are the medium for that dreaming. All that said, I'll praise the book on two counts especially: As with John Coy, you get some easily-read but description of game action. The other highlight is the humor.

Stuttering teen boy goes to basketball camp, finds hidden talents and strengths. At last, a book geared for the teenage reader, with gadget-savvy teenage characters, who speak the lingo; yet refreshingly absent from the story are dysfunctional families, major transgressions and supernatural forces. Unexpected plot twists made me eager to read on to find out what would happen next.

Mark wrote and produced for television, doing shows for every major network, including Full House, Saved By The Bell, Growing Pains and many others. Snoop says, KEWL! Mark also created and produced the NBC teen comedy Hang Time, about a high school basketball team in Indiana. This show allowed him to enjoy two of his passions: comedy and basketball. Mark lives outside of Los Angeles with his wife and two sons and still plays basketball when his body allows.

Read Stepping Up by Mark Fink online Ernie Dolan, 14, is plagued by the curse of the average. Nothing about him stands outexcept his stutter. Only best friend Mike Rivers sees him at his best.

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Ernie Dolan, 14, is plagued by the curse of the average. Nothing about him stands out-except his stutter. Only best friend Mike Rivers sees him at his best. Then, at a competitive basketball camp, Mike excels while Ernie is-average. When Ernie blunders in a pickup game, Rick Craig, obnoxious camp hotshot, nicknames him "Choke." This sets the tone for Ernie's first week. But he soon finds three new allies: bunkmate Albert Mann, a goofy genius and practical joker; Coach Petrovich, a 6'8" Russian who mangles the English language; and camp director Tim Sanders, the mentor every kid needs. Soon, Ernie and Mike are on the outs, as Mike hangs with Craig and the jocks. But things change dramatically as Ernie morphs from outcast to hero, risking his life to save three campmates from near tragedy. Ernie's funny, heartwarming story unfolds against the backdrop of exciting, authentic basketball action, while touching on typical teen issues of friendship and the near-deadly consequences of peer pressure.
Reviews: 7
FRAY
When it comes to YA, there are suspension bridges of disbelief and there are suspension bridges of disbelief. This one puts the Golden Gate to shame. So if you're a fan of realistic YA in the sports genre, you'll probably get a few chuckles out of this and write a two-word review: "Yeah, right." Three stars.

But I'll be kind and take it from the point of view of a middle school-aged boy who loves basketball and hates reading, loves large font and hates reading, and loves happy endings and hates reading. From that point of view, this is a 3-pointer instead of a 3-star-er. And it hits from well outside the arc, too.

For one, it's about two best friends who go to a basketball camp where a near-tragedy unfolds endangering lives and NO PARENTS ARE CONTACTED. The boys are 14, so I guess you'd expect as much, right? (JK, as they say.) As for happy endings, Mark Fink does not settle for one -- he runs up the score by taking our protagonist seven years into the future for even more good news. Whew! One can dream, I guess, and sometimes books are the medium for that dreaming.

All that said, I'll praise the book on two counts especially: As with John Coy, you get some easily-read but technically-accurate description of game action. A lot of boys speak that language. The other highlight is the humor. Fink hits the right note in back-and-forth badinage, and I found myself chuckling at some of the one-liners. Better yet, some of it is put-down humor. Now there's a writer who knows his audience.

For its demographic, STEPPING UP is a wise purchase. It's fairly clean with only one or two mild profanities. Beyond that (and under its bridge), the book is about as middle reader-friendly as you're going to get and may even appeal to the struggling reader in high school. Keeping my inner cynic at arms length, then, I'd say not bad -- not bad at all.
Voodoosida
I bought this book as a gift for my young cousin. He's a teenage boy and a sports fanatic. I'm neither. I LOVED IT! It was warm and funny and thought-provoking. It's refreshing to read something meant for teenage boys that has a meaningful message as well as a great story. The characters and teenage angst were believable. I think this is a story that adolescents will relate to and parents can be happy with, knowing that their teenagers are not wasting their brain cells.
GoodBuyMyFriends
I gave this as a gift to a young man (basketball fan) who doesn't read as often as his mother and I would like. He inhaled this book and can't stop talking about it.
Datrim
Excellent book for people of all ages. Emotional, funny, etc. I loved it!!!

Friends and family have so appreciated when I have given this book as a gift.

Helene U.
Went Tyu
Average Ernie Dolan is an easy target for Rick Craig the star athlete at basketball camp. When his best bud, Mike, teams up with Rick, Ernie is crushed but not backing down on the court. I loved the relationship between coach Tim and Ernie. Tim is an incredible guy who offers encouragement rather than let Ernie struggle on and off the court. When a party goes bad, I cheered for Ernie as he stepped up to do the right thing. Maybe Ernie was surprised by his actions but I wasn't. Set against a backdrop of basketball action, it's great to see young men grow to respect each other as athletes and as friends.
Jusari
This book was really fun and exciting to read. I really liked it because it was about basketball and had a lot of action parts in it. I didn't really like the fact that there wasn't much action besides basketball. It was mostly about how he stutters in basketball and how he struggles to get the nickname, "Choke" off of him. Overall, I give it a 9/10 and I recommend this book to basketball or sport loving people. I recommend this book to grades 4-9. After 9th grade you should be reading longer and more interesting books.
Dog_Uoll
I was literally transported back to age 14 when the rights of passage between childhood and adulthood were marked by success and failure in a competitive setting. "Stepping Up" was a book I could not put down. There is a little of Ernie Dolan in all of us. The author obviously knows his hoops and the basketball action is so real I was reminded of the "words eye view" that only the maestro Chick Hearn could deliver. It is even more difficult to convey the action in written form than verbal form. Mark Fink is a fabulous writer, who definitely gets it, delivers and has "stepped up" big time.
Ernie and his best friend Mike go to summer camp every year, and this year, Mike chooses basketball camp. Ernie's okay with that until one of the other campers, Rick Craig, gives him a hard time about his game and about his stuttering, saddling him with the nickname "Choke". Mike excels in basketball and gets along with the other boys well, while Ernie struggles. I loved this paragraph (page 51): Life is not fair if an idiot like Craig can be so popular. I wonder what it's like to be the guy everyone respects and wants to hang with. Just once, I'd like to be that guy."

Ernie gets his chance after Mike and Rick make some bad decisions and Ernie saves them from a fire. Ernie rockets to popularity, but as with every element in this book, this rise is believable, and Ernie's reaction to it seems true-to-life. Once again, Mr. Fink nails the teen-age voice, describes the angst Ernie feels at a variety of situations with pitch-perfect detail, AND adds basketball plays to the mix. Exactly what I want.