Football Double Threat (Matt Christopher)

Summary:

Rocky Fletcher plays wide receiver for the Pythons. When he and his best friend Bobby were horsing around in the locker room, Bobby slipped and broke his leg, ending his season. Rocky was embarrassed and guilty, even though Bobby initiated the ruckus. Bobby used Rocky’s friendship and guilt to take advantage of Rocky. Rocky knew Bobby was manipulating him but didn't know how to fix it. Sooner or later they will reach the breaking point and then ….


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a story about friendship, meanness, jealousy, caring, responsibility, and, oh yes, junior high school football. The book is an enjoyable read because the characters and plot are so familiar to the reader.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Parent Reaction

The author clearly understands the angst - real and imagined - that adolescents experience as they pass through this phase of their lives. This is a good story, in and of itself, but also serves as a realistic discussion starter for students.

Type of Book:
This title in the Matt Christopher series uses football to get kids thinking about choices, friendship, conflict, and team.
Educational Themes:

“Adolescence” and all the thoughts and feelings that the topic conjures up are considered in this story. The characters are recognizable, the plots are thoughtful and provoking and the pace is quick-time from beginning to end.

Reading Level:
4.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Pre-teens and teens will see themselves (and their peers) in the characters, making it an easy book to connect with. Don’t let the paperback format and glitz turn you away, this is a respectable and helpful guide for students, parents, and teachers.

Title Football Double Threat
About

Matt Christopher

Author Stephanie Peters
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers © 2008
ISBN 9780316016322
Material Hard Cover
Cost $4.99
Genres Sports, Coming Of Age, Realism | Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Sports - Football
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