Losers Take All
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.
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.
"He stands on the sideline shouting and shaking his fist, and he re-lives his glory days though us, or at least he did through Carl and Billy. I haven't given him much to cheer about."
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