Tackling Dad

Tackling Dad

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by Elizabeth Levy

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From the author of Frankenstein Moved in on the Fourth Floor, Tackling Dad is the story of 13-year-old Cassie's struggle to make her father understand that even though she's a girl, she can still play football — just as he did.


From the author of Frankenstein Moved in on the Fourth Floor, Tackling Dad is the story of 13-year-old Cassie's struggle to make her father understand that even though she's a girl, she can still play football — just as he did.

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Children's Literature - Nicole Fallone
Once the star of her Pee-Wee football team, thirteen-year-old Cassie switches to running track after her parents' divorce and her dad's remarriage. Still seeing the drive and passion for the game in her, Cassie's Uncle Beef convinces her and her best friend Molly to try out for their middle school football team, which he coaches. Just when she thinks that the hardest part is making the team, Cassie faces concern from her former football star father and her new stepmother about playing. To make things worse, she and Molly also struggle for respect from the rest of the all-male team. Cassie faces hard hits from all directions: physical on the field and emotional off. Will Cassie ever find her place on the team and in her new family? And will she still be the same star of the team that she once was? While it may seem that Cassie is being overburdened, many readers will probably find issues that she has to face realistically similar to ones that they face in their own lives. This page-turning book is proof that kids should never give up on their dreams.
Children's Literature
This title tackles a variety of topics of interest to middle grade students: living with divorced parents, stepparent issues, girls in the world of sports, sibling issues and friendship. Cassie played Peewee football when she was young, but in junior high, she is content to run track, finding the events that work best for her. That is, until her neighbor and family friend encourages her to try out for the junior high boys' football team. Convincing her mom and dad that she can play football with the boys is more difficult than she thought it would be. Cassie wonders how she has managed to find the one topic that will unite her divorced parents. Along the way to a finale of a winning football game, Cassie deals with jeers from the boys on her own team as well as the opposing team, her stepmother who sometimes oversteps her bounds of parenting, her mother who is still angry at her dad for leaving, and her baby half brother. Writing in first person, Levy occasionally gives Cassie the words and thoughts of an adult rather than a seventh-grade girl. Any girl who ever wanted a chance to "play with the boys" will relate to Cassie and her stint as a running back on the junior high team. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 12.
—Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Cassie reminisces that, "On our Peewee team, I was the only starter who could also someday qualify for Miss America." The daughter of a former high school football star and the "pseudo-niece" of her middle school's football coach, Cassie and gal pal Molly become the only two girls on the seventh-grade football team. She had given up football when her parents got divorced and began running track instead. However, after Coach Harris, or "Uncle Beef" (who has an especially endearing relationship to the protagonist), convinces her to try out for the team, she is back on the gridiron. This story is driven by both the game and Cassie's family's dynamics. Levy provides some depth to this story as both the protagonist and her father develop: she finds a place within his new family and he realizes how to support and nurture his relationship with his daughter. Pair this sports novel with Maria Testa's Some Kind of Pride (Delacorte, 2001).-Jennifer Cogan, formerly at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Missing the fun of Peewee league, seventh-grader Cassie Fowler leaps at the chance to sign up for the middle-school football team when her former coach invites her and her friend Molly joins her. As a kicker, Molly finds the game easy and fun, but Cassie is a running back and finds that making her way down the football field turns out to be at least as difficult as making her way between her divorced parents. Cassie's first-person narrative reveals her unrealistic expectations and the determination with which she perseveres and succeeds. The story is slight and the characters, except Cassie, cardboard, but readers curious about football at that level will be captured by the details. A particularly humorous scene has Cassie and Molly completely mystified by the pads and pants they are issued, and much is made of the utility of frozen peas for soothing bruises. Just in time for the football season. (Fiction. 9-12)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.61(d)
560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Levy loves to tell stories that combine serious issues with humor. She has proven it with her award-winning books for young readers, including My Life As A Fifth-Grade Comedian, Keep Ms. Sugarman In The Fourth Grade, and other best-selling books in the Sam and Robert series, including Frankenstein Moved In On The Fourth Floor and Dracula Is A Pain In The Neck. She lives in New York City.

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Tackling Dad 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
11-year-old Cassie loves to play football, or she did in the pewee league. Middle school football just isn¿t quite the same. Now with her parents divorced and Cassie growing up, what will happen to her football career? Will she try out for the currently all boys football team? Read to find out. I didn¿t have high expectation for this book I just grabbed it off the shelf. It did turn out to be a good book though. Here are some reasons why anybody can relate to it whether football or not. It also shows how hard family relationships can be. It is a wonderful book, you should read it.