Recommended for Readers
in Grades 6 and up
When a sports-obsessed coach suddenly becomes the principal and insists that all seniors play at least one sport, a rebellion begins. Jack never intended to get mixed up in the middle of any of this, but suddenly he’s the star player on a losing soccer team that’s getting more media attention than any of the other athletes in town.
I quite enjoyed this book about a boy whose father and older brothers were football heroes once upon a time (although I'm not much of a football fan myself). It would have been easy for this book to have an anti-sports message, but it’s better than that: it delves into family relationships and questions the ethics of protest methods that go too far.
Class Structure Recommendation: Read-Aloud, Small Group Book Club, or Independent Reading
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
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