Something for Joey

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Overview

Together, they won college football's highest award.

This is a true, memorable, compassionate story of courage and love between two brothers. In 1973, while John Cappelletti was winning the Heisman Trophy as the outstanding college football player in America, his younger brother Joey was suffering from leukemia. But John, now a running back for the Los Angeles Rams, had a very special medicine for Joey. It was called touchdowns. And John scored them in bunches because they were ...

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Overview

Together, they won college football's highest award.

This is a true, memorable, compassionate story of courage and love between two brothers. In 1973, while John Cappelletti was winning the Heisman Trophy as the outstanding college football player in America, his younger brother Joey was suffering from leukemia. But John, now a running back for the Los Angeles Rams, had a very special medicine for Joey. It was called touchdowns. And John scored them in bunches because they were "Something for Joey." The story of the Cappelletti family is a story of courage you will never forget.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553271997
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1983
  • Series: Bantam Starfire Bks.
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 410,064
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Peck
Richard Peck
Richard Peck created Grandma Dowdel in a short story called "Shotgun Cheatham's Last Night Above Ground," which became the first chapter of this book.  He says, "Grandma is too sizable to be confined in a single story, to sizable and mystifying to her growing grandchildren, who in each visit discover in her a different woman."
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    Something For Joey: Wonderful Book

    Something for Joey was to me a very heartwarming book about two brothers fighting there way through cancer. The reason I say that there are two brothers fighting their way through cancer is because it is like John is helping Joey fight of his leukemia cancer. John and Joey seem like they are one in themselves. John plays football fo Joe Paterno and the Penn State Nittany Lions. In his last two years at Penn State he is their star running back, but his senior season is the one season that everyone remebers. In two games in a row he scores four touchdowns. He just has sensational game after sensational game. his season is really capt of by winning the most prestigious trophy in all of college football. You should read this book because it is a wonderful story of a super kid who sadly has cancer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    I felt like this book was a great story for anyone to read, you

    I felt like this book was a great story for anyone to read, you don't even have to be a fan of sports. Something for Joey shows the fight of a little boy in a battle for his life. The loving and heartwarming nature of these two brothers coming together and fighting cancer together. One fighting it in a hospital bed and the other doing it on the football field. John and Joey share a love that most people do not understand. This is a book that everyone should read to gain an appreciation for cancer patients and also their families.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2009

    Pretty good

    The history of the Heisman winning running back, John Cappelletti with his fight to the top and his little brother, Joey Cappelletti who fought an evenly hard battle called leukemia will live on through this book. If this book didn't stumble upon my way, I would've never read and shared the feelings that Something for Joey has to offer for its readers. The story of a nine-year old Joey fighting an impregnable disease around that time with only John, his older brother, to look up to is something worth reading. All the memorable things that Joey and John do, like setting up an ice cone stand and watching each other's games makes you feel as if Joey and John's problems are yours.
    If I had to choose things in this book that I disliked, it's that the author describes John's feats so heroically that he sounds almost "Godly". Kind of like a little kid's description of a macho, that's what the author describes John as. Also, the author's details are all very similar and had me thinking that the page I was reading sounded much too familiar with the page I read earlier on in the book.
    Overall, I think that this book was a great read and I recommend it for those who like the sound of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2007

    absolutely Wonderful all the way around!

    This book was the best book ever! I loved it! Better than most of the books I have ever read in my life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2006

    It is heartwarming

    I read it to my class and they absolutly loved it, some of my girls cried and there were the funny parts. It is a great family read about everydaylife!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    emotional amazing!!

    cancer not only changes one life but changes the lives it speaks to this story is combining love, cancer, life, and football. thinking about what happened to a boy only 10 years old went through and how he tries to fight for his lifehow could we help?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    from anonimous

    I personally thought that this book was one of the best books that I have ever read. And it really was a book full of courage and love between two brothers, John cappelletti, a Penn State football player and his younger brother Joey cappelletti, who is living his life suffering with a horrible disease called leukemia. I did a report on leukemia for a reading project and after reading this book, it taught me more of what it is like having leukimia and what a leukemia patient has to go through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2004

    A Biased Penn State Alum & Philly Girl Opinion

    I read this book when I was in the 7th grade; way back in 1970-something. I think I picked up the book because the family was from the Philadelphia area. I think it is an excellent and heartwarming story; one that inspired me in life. Perhaps the writing is not the best at times but the beauty and emotion in the story surpasses it. I recommend it to anyone who wants to be reminded where life's priorities should be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2004

    Ryan - Penn State fan

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. It happened before I was a Penn State fan, because I wasn't born, but it is one of the classic inspiring sports stories of all time, not just for a Penn Stater, but anyone seeking motivation who is facing bad circumstances. The emotion is so incredible it is almost hard to believe it really happened.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2004

    hey

    I personally did not like the book it was missing something. It just didn't interest me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2003

    A story from the heart

    This a good book for someone who likes to read books that a good meaning behind them. Then this is a good book for them to read. If anyone doesn't like the idea of a heart felt story then they should probably not read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2002

    A Decent Book

    This book was very well writen and has some really great parts but in all it seemed like it was lacking something. The ending was very good. All and all you should read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2002

    One of the best reads of my life!

    I Read this book in high school seventeen years ago. It remains one of the best books I've read. I'm the mother of two sons now. Ages 14 and 6. I want both of them to read this book. IT IS A MUST READ.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2002

    A Book That Inspires

    This was one of the best books I have ever read. It was about the true story of a football player for Penn State and the special bond he had with his youngest brother Joey who had battled lukemia for his entire life. It is a very emotional book and you feel like you know these people, like they're you're best friends and you can't stand for them to go through this pain. Joey inspires John, his brother, to play the best football he has in his whole life. He scores many touchdowns to make Joey proud, which he does in so many other ways as well. I really hope that if you read my comment that you will read the book. It is one of my all time favorites. If you want to talk about this book or know others like this, please email me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2000

    IT IS A GREAT BOOK

    I LOVE THE BOOK. IT WAS GOOD AND SAD.IT WAS NOT TO HARD AND VERY GOOD.ILOVE IT!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2000

    this is a excellent heart warming book

    joey is a boy who has leukimia. John(joey's best brother is always their for joey) is an excellent running back for penn state. for joey medicine is not the healing solution . they are touch downs. this book should be read by every one by all ages because it is a story ove two brother who love each other. read this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2000

    this book deserves a 6th star

    this was by far one of the best books i have ever read. i would recommend it to EVERYONE whether you enjoy reading or not. i cried several times throughout the course of the book because it touched me in a special way. this is the best book in the world!

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