Edenville Owls by Robert B. Parker
This seems to be a vanity piece for Parker. I like the Spenser books and the repartee between his adult novel characters, but this book fell very flat. It is essentially the story of a group of friends who have an upstart basketball team in 1946 Massachusetts. Throw in the cute girl, who is dating one of the guys but of course likes the protagonist, the gratuitous mentions of radio shows and 1940s pop culture, and the unlikely Cinderella story of the unchoached b-ball team, and I was already bored. Oh, by the way, there is a disturbing mystery regarding their 8th grade teacher and a creepy man in a Ford Tudor, that the kids solve with no violence and a happily-ever-after for all. NAY.