by Fred Bowen
Matt Monroe is a shoo-in for starting quarterback for the Parkside Middle School football team this year. Or is he?
Matt expects to be starting quarterback, but Devro, a new seventh grader, is looking pretty impressive. He’s consistent and can run the plays almost as well as Matt. And he’s got speed. As the fall football season unfolds, the team has more than its share of surprises and unexpected challenges, as well as plenty of victories and upsets on and off the field—all of which Matt records and analyzes in a journal he keeps for his English class. By the last kickoff of the season, Matt has learned that a team is only as good as the sum of its parts and that playing together is the only way to win.
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 story of Instant Play—one of the first books to give an inside look at the life of a professional football player. For more on this title, visit the Sports Story Series website here.
Publication Date: 8/1/2011
Page Count: 144
Size: 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 12
Age Range: 7 – 12
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GRL: R, Gr 4
Themes: Diary, Football, Sportsmanship, Teamwork
BISAC 1: JUV032030 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Football
BISAC 2: JUV039220 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Values & Virtues
BISAC 3: JUV005000 JUVENILE FICTION / Boys & Men
“Another absorbing sports tale from the prolific and dependable Bowen… The author expertly balances the subplots and football action.” ―Booklist
“Fred uses these teachable moments in sports history to fuel his fiction—fast-paced, reluctant reader-friendly tales.” ―International Reading Association
“Finally, a well-written sports story for boys! … Boys will get excited about sports, writing, and sports history in this well done story… This book would work well for a reluctant reader.” ―Integrity Books for Boys
“I want to process this immediately and give it to one of my readers who will ONLY read short sports books. I think it would be an excellent way for him to improve his own writing. I love how the writing changes and is modeled for students.” ―Ms Yingling Reads
Children’s Choices ―International Reading Association, Children’s Book Council, 2012
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2012
Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award (Nominee, Grades 6-8) ―State Library of Louisiana and Louisiana Center for the Book, 2013-2014
Maud Hart Lovelace Award (Nominee, Grades 3-5) ―Minnesota Youth Reading Awards, 2013-2014
Virginia Readers’ Choice (Master List) ―Virginia State Reading Association, 2013-2014
Young Adult Top Forty ―Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, 2012
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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.