At Oregrove HS, not everything is left on the field.


In sports, when you finish playing the game, you're supposed to leave it all on the field. However, that is not always the case. In Leverage team members’ worries on and off the field create a fascinating story.

Meet Kurt and Danny. Danny is a gymnast who hopes his skills will get him into college. Kurt is an empathetic football player who became strong to protect himself. On the football field, Kurt's his past and his stutter are hidden under his helmet.

At Oregrove High School, football players are the pride of the school. They win games at all costs. The male gymnasts, on the other hand, are lesser known heroes. As football "pride" grows out of control, the two groups are pitted against each other, and the football players act out with pranks. A few football players become too arrogant, and a teenage boy dies. War is declared. Are there any winners? 

BTSYA / Teen Reader (Age 16):
This book is a riveting story of high school athletics that finds its place between the works of Friday Night Lights and Paper Lion. Addressing issues of steroids, assault, and bullying, this book is an important read for those sixteen and older. I recommend this to both young men and women. However, I think those who participate in either gymnastics or football will especially be moved by this book.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Riveting, realistic, a little scary, and impossible to put down. 

Content Awareness Factors:

The book does not sugarcoate topics that may be uncomfortable for some readers and their parents.

Young Reader Reaction
Type of Book:
Although fiction, this is a realistic look at how sports influences teens' lives.
Educational Themes:

Lots to talk about with this one.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviwer age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book you will read, give to your kids, and both of you will want to share with others.

Title Leverage
Author Joshua C Cohen
Publisher Speak, Imprint Penguin Books for Young Readers © 2012 (Reprint Edition)
ISBN 9780142420867
Material Hard Cover
Cost $8.99
Genres Realism | Realistic Fiction, Sports - Football, Social Issues
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