Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Crackback by John Coy

Awkward with girls and confused about family, Miles’ only chance to shine seems to be on the football field. This year, his football team might go to the state finals. Put under tremendous pressure by his father (whose motivation is linked to a murky family secret), his back-breaking coach, and his friend – who pops steroids to ensure a stab at state – Miles has to figure out if he’s tough enough to stand up for what he believes.

Coy presents an eloquent look at football as muscular ballet; this is one of the best books that I’ve read about the action on the field. Miles feels confused and real – and his character moves far beyond the jock stereotype.

Perfect for struggling readers, this book was put on the list for our school's book club. Athletes in particluar will relate to the pressure and action.

 Bilbliotherapeutic value: A quick, gripping book about dealing with peer pressure, navigating family expectations, and questioning authority.

Coy, John. Crackback. New York: Scholastic Press, 2005. 

ISBN: 0439697336. $16.99.

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