Fighting Tackleby Matt Christopher, Karin Lidbeck
When he becomes stronger but slower, Terry must deal with being moved from defensive safety to offensive tackle on his football team.
School Library JournalGr 4-6-This is one of Christopher's better sports-theme books. The differences between it and the others are the main character's loving interaction with his younger brother, who has Down's syndrome, and the surprise plot turn in the last chapter. Terry, a football player, encourages his little brother to practice running for the Special Olympics, but he feels uncomfortable when Nicky reciprocates by continuously cheering him on when he's on the football field. Terry's embarrassment is compounded by his disappointment at being switched from safety to nose tackle. He has trouble accepting that his body is growing and changing-he's not as fast as he once was, but now he's stronger and bigger. With hard work, he finally succeeds in his new position. The tension between the siblings culminates when their father is injured in an accident, and both boys must work together to help him. The conclusion is satisfying.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
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