It's not easy for 13-year-old Lamar Washington living in the shadow of his superstar older brother, "Xavier the Basketball Savior," but he's trying. Even though basketball is king in his town, Lamar has developed some ridiculous bowling skills. And he knows that one day, he'll have a trophy of his own to put in the space his mama left for him on the family mantel next to all of Xavier's awards. His mother died not too long ago, and she was the one person in the family who seemed to understand him and keep him and Xavier from clobbering each other. In fact, things are starting to go Lamar's way. Bad boy Billy Jenks just offered him a job — he's paying Lamar to bowl with him! Okay, so it's more like he's paying Lamar to hustle games with him. But soon Lamar will have enough money to date the superfine girl he's crushing on, and to impress his idol, pro bowler Bubba Sanders, who's scheduled to make an appearance at the local lanes. So what happens when Billy's moneymaking scheme goes too far? Will Lamar be able to make it right…and be the son his mama would be proud of? Well-defined characters and realistic situations make this engaging story a warm and memorable winner.