My Underrated Year

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Expecting to shine in sports during his sophomore year, Roger's hopes are dashed by two school newcomers--twins who happen to be ace athletes. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10 Roger Ottosen's football and tennis aspirations are jeopardized when twins Paul and Mary Jo Mountain enroll in his sophomore class. First, Paul beats Roger for the coveted varsity running back position, then Roger learns that Mary Jo, his secret hearththrob, plans to challenge his number one position on the tennis team. Discouraged but determined, Roger rallies his confidence and talents and reaps rewards. Abruptly promoted from junior varsity to varsity punt returner, Roger wins points and the ``Most Underrated'' award by season's end. At the same time, fear of competition on the tennis court inhibits Roger and Mary Jo's budding romance. When Roger's training and concentration ultimately defeat Mary Jo, their friendship is tested but not destroyed. Roger's candid narration humorously and poignantly exposes the fragile ego of the teenage athlete. Adolescent anxiety, jealousy, insecurity, and an all-consuming passion for sports make Roger an appealing and believable character. In addition, as he learns about his own limits and capabilities, he gains respect and appreciation for the emotional struggles of his stepfather and widowed mother. Sports fans will enjoy the close-up descriptions of exciting moments in both football and tennis (although they may wonder why Mary Jo is the only girl trying out for the boys tennis team). Teen readers will empathize with the emotional roller coaster of high-school sports and friendships. Gerry Larson, Chewning Junior High School, Durham, N.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374351090
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 11/1/1988
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 184
  • Age range: 11 years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 1999

    Underrated and Disappointing

    I was going to give this book to my newphew for his 13th birthday, but did not because of the beer drinking by the football team which was condoned, as was the going 'upstairs' by couples to have more 'privacy'. The hard work, diligence and striving to reach his goals by Roger was very admirable.

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