Wild Card by Tiki and Ronde Barber and with Paul Mantell (Simon & Schuster, 2009

February 5, 2010 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

Although this is the third in a series, it is a stand alone story which can easily be enjoyed without reading the other two. Written by to pro football players, who were the inspiration, it is filled with real plays, lots of action, and a tough battle to get into the Junior High School play-offs. One team member is on academic probation, the team suffers but he ultimately passes due to the help of these two brothers/teammates. The book ends with a section of illustrated football signals. Although the characters are in Junior High, the story is simple and can be enjoyed by young readers on up. Dialog tends to be a little sugary and unrealistic, but the message is good and the characters all learn and grow. This would be good for boys interested in football who need a change from Matt Christopher.

J Fiction, Recommended—Ilene Glickman (Irv)

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