Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Author: Mike Lupica
Level: Middle school
Recommendation: Good Read
Summary: Ben McBain is every football team's dream player. He's a jack-of-all-trades guy that can handle almost any position. When the game is on the line, Ben's number is the one being called for the final play. But Ben wants to be the starting quarterback and the one thing standing in his way is the coach's son. Shawn O'Brien looks the part. He has been groomed by his father, a former professional quarterback. But despite his size and arm strength, Shawn is struggling. Ben is torn between being a good teammate and going after his own dream. As Ben finds out, Shawn isn't the easiest person to help. And when Ben gets an unexpected opportunity, the entire game will change for the both of them.
Review: Read this with my 10-year old son. The bulk of the book is actual descriptions of football games. So of course, it's great for kids more obsessed with sports than reading. I think it was great that Ben always did the right thing, but I think some kids would have trouble relating. I think in real life more kids tend to behave like the protagonist than the main character. It would have been more interesting if he had struggled a little more, the way most kids do in real life. My son enjoyed it, as did my husband who listened in. I am pretty sure my "tween" girls even wanted to know how the book turned out! Good book for reluctant readers!