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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
ISBN: 9780545980333
Branch Call Number: J KOR
Characteristics: 262 p. ; 21 cm


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Jul 28, 2014

Pop spreads an unforgettable message to stick by true friends. The story is about Charlie a retired 50 year-old football player and Marcus a 16-year-old Varsity football player, who form a strong bond over football. Charlie and Marcus play football almost daily in the local park. Even though Marcus enjoys Charlie's company and help with practice, there's something strange about him. Charlie treats Marcus as if they’re the same age and best friends. As Marcus gets closer to Charlie he learns Charlie's deepest secret.
Gordon Korman truly speaks volumes as he writes yet another award-winning story. Unlike Korman’s other books, Pop, written from young Marcus’ point of view, gives the reader a soft and heartfelt story of true friendship.
The reader sees that Marcus truly cares for Charlie when he is willing to take the blame for Charlie’s costly and unexpected behavior. Even when the police get involved, Marcus stands by his decision to deny that Charlie has done anything wrong and carry the weight of any of Charlie’s consequential mistakes.
This book is not only for people who enjoy football it has a little bit of everything, including but not limited to; the ups and downs of high school, action-packed sports, adventure and finding out who you are.
Pop advises readers that if you can make a difference in someone’s life then you have not only become a better person, but you have gained a friend.
I recommend this book to ages 12 and up and either gender. I defiantly recommend Pop to anyone who is up for a read that you can't put down.
-Arianna Dossa

Mar 23, 2012

Really good book if your into football and its ok if your not. There was a good message and ending was sad. Overall, 9/10

shyman1234 Aug 07, 2011

Really good book if your into football and its ok if your not. There was a good message and ending was sad. Overall, 9/10

Jul 31, 2011

predictable . and wayyyyyyyy to much football

Jul 19, 2011

Great Book! Must read for Football Fans!

Apr 29, 2011

I like this book because it runs smoothly and you can imagine the scences in your head while you are reading the book.

angel9580 Apr 14, 2011

im not done this book yet, i have a few chapters to go and i am loving it
it is such a great book so farr
i want to give money to an alzehmiers(Sorry bout spelling) disease foundation

mrslautner7398 Apr 12, 2011

this was soooo good but the ending shocked me, i did not see it coming!

parisstudent2 Apr 08, 2011

Great book it was really intersting and then ending summed up the book nicely

HellsDaughter Mar 31, 2011

Worst book. Didn't like it (I hate football) because it was so unappealing..

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