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I think some of the characters' growth/changes were unlikely - particularly the father's - but I enjoyed this and rooted for the characters and think most teen boys will, too. (And while the kid who is a superhero was strange...there ARE real-life "superheroes," which I didn't realize until reading this book!) ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385754361, Hardcover)

“Stick” is the best wide receiver in the history of his high school—the football seems magnetically drawn to his hands, hence his nickname.
 
Preston is an outcast, and his pipsqueak stature and nerdy social status couldn’t be further from a star athlete’s.
 
Stick puts on his football costume every week to make others—his teammates, his dad, everyone but himself—happy, but he’s fallen out of love with the sport and feels that he’s lost control of his future.
 
Preston puts on his homemade superhero costume every night to help others, too: to avenge his father’s murder, he’s determined to right the wrongs he sees in his neighborhood and regain control of the flawed world he sees around him.
 
A twist of fate brings this unlikely pair together in a friendship that is as odd as it is true. Each can see the other better than he can see himself, and in these unexpected reflections lies a chance for mutual redemption.

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"Stick, a star football player who's become disenchanted with the game, becomes friends with Preston, a nerdy kid who fights crime by night"--

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