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By author: Jeff Rud
Selling Points: football, sports injuries, guilt
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Nov/01/2008
Lexile Level: 670L
Fry Reading Level: 4.0
Pages: 176
Fiction Ages 10+
Price:  $9.95
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Something wasn't right, though. Nate Brown was still lying out in the middle of the field. Dr. Stevens was kneeling beside him now, watching him intently and checking his pulse. My chest began to tighten, and I started to sweat. Why wasn't Nate getting up?

Linebacker Reggie Scott is forced to deal with the repercussions of an incident that shakes his belief in the game he loves. When he is persecuted by angry fans for being a "dirty" player, Reggie is forced to confront his own guilt and decide whether he can continue to play his senior season and beyond.
CM Magazine - February 20, 2009
"A deeply engaging story...This book will pleasantly surprise readers used to the same old predictable sports stories for boys... For a very good portrayal of emotional turmoil, this is one football story that is worthy of reading, regardless of how much the reader loves or loathes sport. Highly Recommended."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - January 20, 2009
"This is one of the best Orca books I've read. This book will be a great read for reluctant readers."
Resource Links - December 1, 2008
"This fast-paced, short novel is perfect...It offers the excitement of the game and at the same time includes a story with substance and morals...Recommended."


CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2010
Junior Library Guild Selection, commended  US  2008


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