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Pop [Paperback]

Gordon Korman
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Oct. 1 2010
Gordon Korman's acclaimed and timely YA novel explores the dangerous side 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, that the long-term effects of the violent plays he suffered during his glory days have taken their toll.

With wit and sensitivity, Gordon Korman tackles truths about high school sports and the quirky, yet poignant friendship that develops between Marcus and Charlie.


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"A frank examination of the potential consequences of contact sports... [Pop] will definitely please any young reader who likes a good, scrappy sports story where jockstrap gags energetically collide with thoughtful revelations." —The Globe and Mail

About the Author

When he was only 12-years-old, Gordon Korman's first novel, This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall!, was published by Scholastic Canada. To date Gordon has written 70 middle-grade and YA fiction novels, including two titles in the #1 New York Times bestselling series The 39 Clues. Gordon lives in Great Neck, New York.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Feb. 13 2010
If I was asked to write a one word review for POP by Gordon Korman, I would write - Fantastic! Once readers start passing this one around, it may never touch a bookshelf again.

Quarterback want-to-be Marcus Jordan is packed up and moved to the mountains of New York state by his divorced mother. It's no big loss in the dad department considering he refers to his father as Comrade Stalin. He knows he and his mother are better off out of Kansas and on their own, but it's the summer before his junior year, and his dream of playing varsity quarterback may not survive the move.

With no friends yet to occupy his time and definitely no fellow football companions to work out with, Marcus heads to the local city park to create his own workout. He is attempting some passing practice when a burly, middle-aged guy shows up and sprints into the park and picks off one of his passes. Before he knows it, the guy is putting him through his paces. They are passing the ball like crazy and then running patterns and hitting each other like it's the biggest game of the season. And then the guy is gone.

Marcus learns the man's name is Charlie. Without any regular schedule or plan, they start working out together in the park. Charlie just sort of shows up - maybe one day, but not the next, and rarely ever at the same time. Even with crazy and unreliable appearances, the time Marcus spends with Charlie is really improving his game.

Whenever Marcus tries to find out exactly who Charlie is, he runs into a roadblock. Their time together is basically all about football - until the day a wild pass ends up crashing through the side window of a car parked along the street.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating-- And I'm hardly a football fan! April 26 2012
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A librarian recommended this book to me. I was hesitant on the subject matter, but like other reviewers, I quickly got sucked into the characters. Gordon Korman has an incredible, unique style of writing that leaves lots to the imagination. I couldn't put this book down. Highly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Pop" in and pick this up! Sept. 25 2009
This is one of the best G.K. books I have ever read. Very moving. Well worth a look.
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