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Losers Take All by David Klass


Book Summary

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.

Losers Take All book cover
Losers Take All

Book Review

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.

The vocabulary and sentence structure are a bit complex for many upper elementary readers, but there are many who will find it accessible and interesting.

Class Structure Recommendation: Read-Aloud, Small Group Book Club, or Independent Reading

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • School Relationships
  • Conformity vs. Individualism
  • Parental Expectations
  • Protesting Rules / Laws
  • Ethics
  • Sports in School/Community Culture
  • What Makes a Hero?

Discussion Questions for this book:

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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