A Running Back Can't Always Rush


Danny loves to go fast. With his super speed, he can rush down the football field in seconds. The trouble is he forgets to slow down off of the field. When he zips through his homework, he makes mistakes. When he eats too fast, he feels sick. How will Danny learn that a running back can't always rush?
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Danny loves to go fast. With his super speed, he can rush down the football field in seconds. The trouble is he forgets to slow down off of the field. When he zips through his homework, he makes mistakes. When he eats too fast, he feels sick. How will Danny learn that a running back can't always rush?
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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
All of the students in Victory School for Super Athletes have amazing abilities. Danny Gohl, age ten, has super speed. He is the star running back on the football team. When Danny checks what's happening behind him during a play, Coach Pushner tells him that he should never look back. Danny's speed starts causing problems when he is not on the football field. He eats his dinner too fast and gets an upset stomach. He rushes through his chores and doesn't take all the trash out. His writing in math is messy and he forgets to do a whole row of problems. He only does part of his spelling assignment and he is suspended from playing in the football game that day. Danny comes to realize that while speed is good on the football field, other life activities need to be completed at a slower pace. He forces himself to slow down when he is not engaging in sports and his life overall improves. An obviously didactic book, young readers will get the message about matching rates of speed to specific situations. Part of the "Sports Illustrated Kids" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—These early chapter books are about six friends who attend the Victory School for Super Athletes. In the first book, Kenzie is a gymnast whose super strength allows her to dominate when it comes to handsprings and flips, but works against her on the balance beam. After a meet at which she breaks the beam in half, she's too embarrassed to attempt her routine again. Coach Trish and Kenzie's best friend offer encouragement, and, sure enough, when she focuses on channeling her strength, she is able to master the balance beam. In the second book, Danny has the speed necessary to be a great running back, but he finds that faster isn't always better. Eating too fast gives him a stomachache, and racing through his schoolwork is causing him to make so many errors that he is actually suspended from playing a game. As Danny's parents and sister help him learn to slow down and enjoy life, the balance allows him to get his focus back and perform even better in his next football game. Colorful full-page illustrations capture the energy of the friends immersed in their various pursuits, and the short chapters will appeal to sports fans who are making the transition to chapter books.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
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Meet the Author

While growing up in southwestern Minnesota, Nate LeBoutillier read any sports books he could get his hands. He now lives with his family in North Mankato, Minnesota. He began writing children's books in 2001 and has published many non-fiction titles. He also writes adult short fiction, novels, and screenplays. When not writing, Nate can be found playing with his kids, listening to music, or training for triathlons.

Jorge Santillan got his start illustrating in the children’s sections of local newspapers. He opened his own illustration studio in 2005. His creative team specializes in books, comics, and children magazines. Jorge lives in Mendoza, Argentina, with his wife, Bety, and their four dogs, Fito, Caro, Angie, and Sammy.

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