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The League

by Thatcher Heldring

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Wyatt is the good kid in his family- the one who gets good grades and plays golf with his dad. But at the end of eighth grade, he must decide whether he will follow his parent’s plans for his summer and go to golf camp, or whether he will make his own summer plans and play in a rogue football league, even if it means lying to family and friends. This is a sports book that goes beyond sports to raise all sorts of issues that middle school readers are facing, from growing independence from parents and dealing with first crushes to honing their sense of right and wrong. Wyatt is a sympathetic character who is shown making realistic decisions, both good and bad, along the way and shows real character development through the course of the book. There are plenty of blow-by-blow descriptions of football games and golf to keep sports fans interested, and the pace rarely lags. Diagrams of football plays at the end of the book add appeal. The League makes for good independent reading, but could also be used as a starting point for discussing what readers would do in Wyatt’s place at various points. ( )
  kahansen | Oct 5, 2013 |
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"This book is a solid choice for reluctant readers who also happen to love football."--School, Library Journal 


Just when it seems that his football dreams are history, Wyatt's older brother, Aaron, makes an unexpected offer: If Wyatt ditches golf camp, he can play with Aaron in the League of Pain: the roughest and most secretive rogue football league in town.

Now Wyatt has a choice. He can play by the rules like he always does, or he can follow his heart—even if it means lying to the people he cares about the most. 

But if Wyatt wants to play in the league, he must learn to accept the penalties.

(retrieved from Amazon Sat, 05 Oct 2013 18:39:07 -0400)

Fourteen-year-old Wyatt, hoping to impress a girl and ward off a bully, decides to join his older brother's summer football league, "The League of Pain," against the advice of his parents, who think golf is the right sport for him.

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