Grade 6-8?Early in the novel, high-school troublemaker Pete Holman is faced with a decision: either join the football team or spend a night in jail. Given the choice, he joins the team. Soon it is discovered that Pete is a natural athlete, with the ability to be an outstanding running back. Yet the young man is torn between the need to be accepted by his old friends and the potential he sees for himself in football. By the novel's end, Pete is a star. His athletic career is nearly ruined, however, when his playbook is stolen and sold to a player on a rival team by one of his villainous friends. Things work out only when Pete's teammates rally around him, forcing the culprit to fess up. This is a standard story of redemption through sports. Pete's crimes (smoking in the boiler room, joyriding, drinking beer) may seem pretty tame by today's standards. The description of his gradual realization of his athletic skills is right on target, however. Equally effective are the accounts of the games, which are fast paced and also ring true. This is the sort of story that many young football fans will enjoy, even if it's not unique or particularly memorable.?Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
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Gr. 7^-10. Arrested after a joyriding accident, Pete Holman is annoyed and confused when he's released to his high school's football coach on condition that he report to practice for the rest of the season. Pete is not a jock--nor are his friends, Jimbo and Bucky--and he doesn't intend to obey. He's stunned, however, to discover that he has natural athletic ability, and he loves the thrill of success on the field and the attention it brings. When Jimbo and Bucky attempt to sabotage his success, Pete learns what friendship, loyalty, and teamwork really mean. Dygard scores again with a fast-paced story that skillfully blends exciting sports action with a realistic portrayal of the dynamics of high-school friendships. Chris Sherman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description