ONE LAST SHOT blog tour plus GIVEAWAY!

"Sometimes conversations are full of blank spaces. Like Mad Libs.  Somebody will say something and the pause, waiting for you to think what they were too frightened or embarrassed or polite to say.  My parents ended a lot of their sentences this way when they talked to each other. They had whole conversations that seemed to be filled with unspoken words, little pits of quicksand for the other person to walk into. This blank was easy to fill. He wouldn't be mad, but he might never look at me the same way for a while."

ONE LAST SHOT is another hole-in-one for John David Anderson!  Malcolm is an authentic, nerdy  twelve year old boy who never feels good enough.  When he finally finds something that he likes to do--something that his athletic dad approves of--he has tough choices to make.  Malcolm's mini golf skills help him learn compassion, how to trust himself, and how to relax into challenging experiences.  This book has themes of family, loyalty, divorce, honesty, friendship, self esteem, competition, and love.

About the book:
The beloved author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day and Posted returns with a humorous, heartwarming story of family, friendship, and miniature golf.
For as long as he can remember, Malcolm has never felt like he was good enough. Not for his parents, who have always seemed at odds with each other, with Malcolm caught in between. And especially not for his dad, whose competitive drive and love for sports Malcolm has never shared.
That is, until Malcolm discovers miniature golf, the one sport he actually enjoys. Maybe it’s the way in which every hole is a puzzle to be solved. Or the whimsy of the windmills and waterfalls that decorate the course. Or maybe it’s the slushies at the snack bar. But whatever the reason, something about mini golf just clicks for Malcolm. And best of all, it’s a sport his dad can’t possibly obsess over.
Or so Malcolm thinks.
Soon he is signed up for lessons and entered in tournaments. And yet, even as he becomes a better golfer and finds unexpected friends at the local course, be wonders if he might not always be a disappointment. But as the final match of the year draws closer, the tension between Malcolm’s parents reaches a breaking point, and it’s up to him to put the puzzle of his family back together again.

To win a copy of this book, comment on this post. If you share on facebook or twitter, you get another entry. Giveaway closes in one week.

About the Author
John David Anderson is the author of some of the most beloved and highly acclaimed books for kids in recent memory, including the New York Times Notable Book Ms. Bixby’s Last DayPostedGrantedSidekicked, and The Dungeoneers. A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wonderful wife and two frawsome kids in Indianapolis, Indiana. He’s never eaten seven scoops of ice cream in a single sitting, but he thinks it sounds like a terrific idea. You can visit him online at


  1. I love this author's work! Thank you for the chance. I shared on Twitter:

  2. What a great book idea! Kids will love it. I hope they sell it at the mini-course near me!

  3. One Last Shot seems like the 18th-hole perfect title for John David Anderson's new book... Filled with many of life's often-painful and crazy-fun realities with which so many 12-year olds (and their parents!) can identify. Entering my chance to win it!

  4. Sounds great! Thanks for putt-putting this review together. I hope I win!