Coy, John. Crackback.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

COY, John. Crackback. Scholastic. 206p. c2005. 0-439-69733-6. $16.99. JS *

An excellent football story by a newcomer to the field of YA fiction; Coy has written children's books in the past and teaches writing "in schools across the country." Miles plays high school football, enjoying the game, but anxious about pleasing his demanding father and the abusive coach, and about avoiding the steroids pushed on him by his teammates. Nothing evolves like usual sports stories. In fact, Miles is placed on the bench, the team is a failure, and he makes some new friends who don't take football so seriously. The tension in his family becomes...

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