Sunday, August 12, 2018

[Book Review] Crunch Time Cam by Jordan Lyons

Book Review of Crunch Time Cam by Jordan Lyons

Crunch Time Cam by Jordan Lyons had it all; basketball, sibling competitiveness, a snow day, snowballs with rocks in the middle, sports injuries, struggles with grades, rivalries, drama with friends, and most importantly, great lessons learned!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

Crunch Time Cam by Jordan Lyons

Basketball is in Cameron Flint’s blood. His brothers are taking the state by storm with their play on the school’s varsity team. Cam hopes he can do the same one day, but he has a few years to go. Now that he’s finally old enough to join the local league, Cam is eager to live up to the family legacy there. He has the talent, but there’s only one problem: Cam’s teammates have barely played basketball before. Can Cameron’s explosive play elevate his team to the level of league champions or will he fail to live up to the family name?

Crunch Time Cam is a fast-paced, action-packed sports novel for young readers that reminds us that basketball is a team sport.

My thoughts:
While I am a bit out of the target demographic, I still enjoyed this one quite a bit!

It was a fun and very quick read for me. I breezed through it in about a half an hour. A lot of the story sent me right back to my middle school basketball years...

My favorite passages:
The fallen leaves were remnants of a Midwestern Fall that was edging closer to Winter. They were also a sign of a chore for Cam to rake and bag up later.

The afternoon fun turned from a yellow-white to red as the days wore on. The icy blue sky now wore shades of pink signaling less than an hour of daylight left.

"Do you two want to join our snowball fight? We want to get a match in before it gets dark." Cam and Braxton didn't need any convincing. They were ready and willing to join in to the fight.

Cam's teacher smirked. Her intuition was right again. "I know basketball is important to you. Every story problem you make up has to do with how many shots Steph Curry makes..."

Cam realized that in 21, you have no teammates. Out here, you are nothing without your teammates.

My final thoughts:
I would highly recommend this one to any 4th or 5th grader, or, of course, any fans of books targeting this age range.

Thanks for reading!


  1. It’s always good when a book isn’t meant for you but you love it. That’s good writing!

  2. Great review, I absolutely love basketball been seeing all kind of sports since I was a kid thanks to my dad but basketball and football are my two favorite sports to watch. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post my friend.

  3. I love basketball and playing, and played on a team for years as well. I love reading about the sport for this reason and I like that you enjoyed it even if you weren't the target audience. Sounds like one for me ^.^

    1. Definitely! It's a quick, but super cute read!