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I was initially reluctant to read this book. I am not a fan of sports fiction and I particularly do not like footbal; but his story was able to go beyond being a simple sports story. It's a school story, a family story, a coming of age story, dealing with illness story, and an overcoming adversity story. It can be used as a springboard for a lot of great discussions. I'm glad I decided to read it after all! ( )
  asomers | Aug 26, 2013 |
This book is a very good book about football. The fact it was about football is the only real reason I read this book.
  edspicer | Jun 2, 2013 |
Great story that will have the kids reading and the message is one that football players need to hear.
This book has it all sports, girl friends, drama. ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 26, 2013 |
Marcus Jordan made a pretty good name for himself as quarterback on the JV team at his old high school. But he and his mom have just moved halfway across the country, and the team at his new high school isn't that eager to embrace him: they had a winning streak last year, they already have a great quarterback in Troy Popovich, and they don't see any point in messing with a good thing. Doing football drills at the park, Marcus forms an unlikely friendship with a middle-aged man who can REALLY play some football. He later finds out that Charlie was an NFL player through the 1980s and 1990s.
Problem: turns out Charlie is Troy's dad, and Troy, who already dislikes Marcus,does NOT want Marcus hanging out with anyone in his family.
The more Marcus gets to know Charlie, the more he realizes that what he thought was quirkiness is really something much different: a secret that Troy and his mom and sister are trying to hide from the rest of the town.
This action-packed sports story has a nice dose of moral dilemma added in: what would you do if you were Marcus? ( )
  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
I read this book because I had to sign for my 12 year old to check this out of the middle school library and I could not find a review that gave me any idea why this would not be appropriate. I'm still not sure.

This is a good story, and boys will especially enjoy it. The story centers around Marcus, a high school junior who is new to town, and Charlie Popovitch, a former NFL player. Marcus was a standout quarterback at his old school, but is not received well at his new school, where the team has an outstanding quarterback, who happens to be the son of Charlie. The team is also in pursuit of a record 2nd consecutive undefeated season. Marcus takes to working out on his own in the town park, when he meets up with Charlie. He is not aware that Charlie is either the former NFLer OR the father of the team quarterback, and is confused by Charlie's behavior. Charlie sometimes acts more like a misguided teenager than a responsible adult, pulling pranks and walking out of stores without paying. Marcus soon discovers, through a Google search, that Charlie is among a number of NFL players suffering from early-onset Alzheimers, the result of multiple concussions. This is a fact his family works hard to deny and hide. The book is full of football, which will make it interesting to boys.

There may be reasons you would not want a 12 year old to read this book, although I think it woudl be fine for most 12 year olds. Read the rest of this only if you don't care that there are spoilers.
There is some very mild sexual content. The head cheerleader offers to manage the team equipment. There is a reference to making out in a closet, but nothing more. And Marcus has thoughts about tackling a a 'different kind of body contact'. But I think for many 12 years olds, this would go right past them, and if it didn't, chances are they've seen more on TV. There are also parties with alcohol. And Marcus does things that are not quite within the law more than once, but always for good reason. For example, he takes Charlie to his college homecoming against his family's wishes, effectively kidnapping him. This could lead to some good discussions with kids about standing up for what you think is right, regardless of consequences; or of knowing when right is right and wrong is wrong. But to me, posibly the worst thing is the ending, where Charlie is about to be placed in an Alzheimers unit, and knows it. He is at the final game of the season, and pursues a hawk to the top of the bleachers (read the book to know why) and then steps OVER the bleachers to his death. Most people believe is was an accident caused by Charlie being unaware of what he was doing, but Marcus feels he saw recognition by Charlie and it was a conscious decision to step off. Some kids may have a trouble with this. ( )
  Time2Read2 | Mar 31, 2013 |
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In memory of my grandmother, Claire Silverman. I remember what you couldn't.
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Marcus Jordan killed the motor of his Vespa and surveyed the flowering shrubs and tall maples surrounding him. Nice. Picturesque even.

More like The Twilight Zone.

For starters, the name - Three Alarm Park. after some chili cook-off that used to be held there in the sixties or something.
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When Marcus moves to a new town in the dead of summer, he doesn't know a soul. While practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older man. Charlie is a charismatic prankster—and the best football player Marcus has ever seen. He can't believe his good luck when he finds out that Charlie is actually Charlie Popovich, or "the King of Pop," as he had been nicknamed during his career as an NFL linebacker. But that's not all. There is a secret about Charlie that his family is desperate to hide.

When Marcus begins school, he meets the starting quarterback on the team: Troy Popovich. Right from the beginning, Marcus and Troy disagree—about football, about Troy's ex-girlfriend, Alyssa, but most of all about what's good for Charlie. Marcus is betting that he knows what's best for the King of Pop. And he is willing to risk everything to help his friend.
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When Marcus moves to a new town in the dead of summer, he doesn't know a soul. While practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older man. Charlie is a charismatic prankster—and the best football player Marcus has ever seen. He can't believe his good luck when he finds out that Charlie is actually Charlie Popovich, or "the King of Pop," as he had been nicknamed during his career as an NFL linebacker. But that's not all. There is a secret about Charlie that his family is desperate to hide.

When Marcus begins school, he meets the starting quarterback on the team: Troy Popovich. Right from the beginning, Marcus and Troy disagree—about football, about Troy's ex-girlfriend, Alyssa, but most of all about what's good for Charlie. Marcus is betting that he knows what's best for the King of Pop. And he is willing to risk everything to help his friend.

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Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water.

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