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Part of Fred Bowen Sports Story Series

by Fred Bowen

Jesse is experienced as a wide receiver―but can he play against type and help his new team as a quarterback?

The Franklin High Panthers need a new quarterback. Freshman Jesse Wagner knows the plays, but he feels he is too small to be QB material. Jesse’s brother Jay has a problem of his own: his college coach wants him to switch from quarterback to safety. The brothers agree on a deal: Jesse will try out for quarterback, and Jay will try playing safety. Meanwhile, Jesse and his teammates recruit an unlikely kicker for their team―a girl named Savannah.

Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword provides the real stories of successful professional athletes who did not “look the part.” For more on this title, visit the Sports Story series website here.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-814-1
Publication Date: 8/1/2014
Page Count: 144
Size: 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-807-3
Publication Date: 8/1/2014
Page Count: 144
Size: 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-849-3
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English

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AR Level: 4.3
GRL: Q, Gr 4
Lexile: 630L
Themes: Football, Teamwork, Versatility
BISAC 1: JUV032030 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Football
BISAC 2: JUV039140 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self Esteem & Self Reliance
BISAC 3: JUV013070 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings


“This tale of confident persistence will ring true for all the kids who have been told they’re too small or too female…. An apt choice to surprise a young football fan with the power of words.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Filled with descriptions of the games, practices, and plays, the quick plot and likable characters will appeal to football fans…. [A] solid choice for struggling readers.” ―Booklist Online

“Keep your eye on the ball in this high-fun, high-action sports tale.” ―Tales Told Tall

“Bowen does fantastic sports books…. He is definitely the new Matt Christopher.” ―YA and Kids Books Central


Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee, Intermediate) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators, 2016-2017

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2015

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Meet the Author

Fred Bowen is the author of Peachtree’s popular Fred Bowen Sports Story series. A lifelong sports fanatic, he has coached youth league baseball, basketball, and soccer. His kids’ sports column “The Score” appears each week in the KidsPost section of the Washington Post. Bowen lives in Maryland. You can visit his website here.