Feinstein, John. The Sixth Man. (The Triple Threat series, Book 2) Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. $16.99. ISBN 9780385753500. 298 pgs. Ages 10-16. P7Q7
Although this is book two in the series, I was able to follow what was happening as the characters were mostly different, set in the same area, but this time focused on basketball instead of football. One of the main stars on the basketball team, a new kid in town, comes out as gay and the team has to decide if playing the game or personal issues will be the focus. The author does a good job of portraying a potentially difficult subject with dignity and is able to tie the importance of sportsmanship, the drama of a high school, and romance into a compelling story. John Feinstein is also the well-known author of A Season on the Brink and A Good Walk Spoiled which will interest readers who have enjoyed his other books.
January 2016 review by Cody Rosenthal.