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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 176
Themes: football, sports injuries, guilt
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2010
Fry Reading Level: 4
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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.

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"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."
CM Magazine
"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
"This is one of the best Orca books I've read. This book will be a great read for reluctant readers."

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CCBC Best Books  | 2010 | Commended
Junior Library Guild Selection  | 2008 | Commended

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