PopBook - 2009
A YA novel that explores the fierce competitive nature of high school sports. Marcus is new in town and is hoping to make the championship high school football team, but it seems like a closed club, run by current star Troy. One day, while tossing the ball around in a park, Marcus meets Charlie, a man in his fifties, who can play football like an old pro, which is exactly what he happens to be - a former NFL player and local celebrity. Charlie has boundless energy and coaches Marcus on his fear of being tackled, but as Marcus becomes more involved in this friendship it becomes painfully obvious to him, through the simplicity of Charlie's thoughts and his immature behaviour off the field, that the long-term effects of the violent tackles he may have suffered during his glory days have taken their toll. In this novel for YA readers, Gordon Korman tackles some truths about high school sports, while handling the quirky, yet poignant friendship that develops between Marcus and Charlie with both wit and sensitivity.
Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, c2009
Branch Call Number: J KOR
Characteristics: 262 p. ; 21 cm