The Team That Couldn't Loseby Matt Christopher, The #1 Sports Writer for Kids
A young, inexperienced football team discovers its beginner's luck is due to a series of mysterious but successful plays anonymously sent to the coach.
Children's Literature - Mary Bowman-Kruhm Ed.D.Enough plot to be a good read, enough football action to satisfy fans, this "Matt Christopher Sports Library" book will score with young readers. Everyone, including Chip Chase, one of the few veteran players on the Cayugan team, anticipates a losing season under Phil Wayne, the inexperienced young coach. Wayne surprises the team and produces a winning season, thanks to a new play that anonymously arrives in his mailbox each week. Chip is determined to track down the person sending the play. Readers adept at foreshadowing will quickly guess the sender before Chip unravels the mystery; the grumpy old man's wife admits to selling his sixty-year-old playbook in a yard sale for a quarter; and the team discovers they can win because of teamwork, practice, and determination. Ultimately Chip realizes that the old cliche about not judging a book by its cover applies to people as well as football playbooks. With large serif font, lots of white space on the pages, this book should encourage upper elementary students interested in football, especially those who are reluctant readers. Reviewer: Mary Bowman-Kruhm, Ed.D.
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