BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: Double Reverse by Fred Bowen


Freshman wide receiver Jesse realizes that although their team quarterback looks the part, his throws are wild. Jesse knows the plays, but he feels he is too small to play quarterback. Jesse's brother Jay has a problem of his own: his 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. Can Jesse, Jay, and Savannah overcome others' expectations and succeed in playing against type?


Fred Bowen is the author of Peachtree’s popular Fred Bowen Sports Story and All-Star Sport 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 Fred Bowen’s website here.

While I'm not a huge sports fiction fan I have students who are so I decided to give this a try.  I'm glad I did, I found myself quite enjoying it, especially all the football action.  The free flowing text works well for a quick read that focuses on the game of football. I can see this being a great book for reluctant readers who love sports.  The interactions between the kids, especially the addition of a girl playing football was very welcome. Positive relationships, overcoming long odds, and trying new things are all great themes that shine through the book.  I also appreciated the diagrams showing some of the different football plays.  Overall, a great addition to a sports fiction collection and especially appropriate for reluctant or low readers.


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