The Great Receiver

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High school football will never seem the same after this funny, touching, and bittersweet end run around the goal posts of one teenager's life.

Joey Eastland thinks of himself as the player—no gridiron is safe from him. He's the man, he's the beast, he's the great receiver. Pigskin flies toward him; the opposing team's defense flies from him. So why is his real position that of chief water boy? All that changes when a desperate coach notices ...

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Overview

High school football will never seem the same after this funny, touching, and bittersweet end run around the goal posts of one teenager's life.

Joey Eastland thinks of himself as the player—no gridiron is safe from him. He's the man, he's the beast, he's the great receiver. Pigskin flies toward him; the opposing team's defense flies from him. So why is his real position that of chief water boy? All that changes when a desperate coach notices that Joey can make some pretty impressive catches while cleaning up the equipment and gives him his first big break—almost overnight the nobody water boy and student is a player not just on the team but in Lakeland Highs social network.

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Fifteen-year-old Joey Eastland imagines himself as a great receiver. He knows he could do the job if he were given a chance. For now, he is the "hydration therapist" (water boy) for his high school football team. When the coach spots Joey make a great catch after a game, he gives Joey the break he needs. A successful tryout leads to a coveted spot on the team. Fame has its price, though, as Joey seeks to get in with the team and become a member of the inner circle. Grades begin to fall, a friendship with brainiac Perry Toomey is threatened, and Joey's personality change disappoints his best friend and girlfriend-wannabe Sam. The one thing that Joey cannot figure out is why star quarterback Cam McKey is so antagonistic toward him. It doesn't take Joey long to learn who his real friends are. He takes a stand to defend Perry and a showdown with Cam at the Division II championship reveals that Cam has been keeping a secret that Joey could never have imagined. A well-developed plot, teen angst, refreshing characters that are very true to life, and lots of football action make this a suitable read for young teens. Joey is an engaging character, and his telling of his story is filled with humor and teen speak. Cam's revelation seems a bit contrived, but it does serve to add flesh to his character. The denouement, while predictable, does have its moments of tension and drama. The supporting cast of characters is well-rounded and adds solid subplots to the story. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
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Fifteen-year-old Joey has always loved playing football with his dad, but has managed to flub the tryouts for his high school team two years in a row. Relegated to water-boy status, he dreams of stardom. He gets his chance when the team's wide receiver is suspended for cheating and the coach just happens to see Joey make a stellar catch. During his first game, one magnificent catch follows another and he is on his way to leading his last-place team to the state finals. All is not rosy, however: the quarterback resents him for taking Matt's place, his pessimistic mother is convinced that he is going to get seriously injured, and his schoolwork takes a nosedive. Joey is torn between wanting to ask out a popular cheerleader and his newfound feelings for his best friend, Samantha. While Eulo's love for football shines through in all the game detail, characters are stereotypical and there are no surprises in this self-described "Cinderella story." Also, a racist incident involving a team party with "no-crows-or-jumping-beans" is far too easily resolved. Die-hard football fans may enjoy seeing how Joey overcomes all of the odds, but with great sports fiction available from the likes of Mike Lupica, Carl Deuker, and John Feinstein, this is an additional purchase.-Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

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High-school sophomore Joey Eastland dreams of stardom and leading his Ohio school's football team to victory, but after messing up his tryout he's relegated to "hydration therapist." That's Joey's problem—nobody will take his water-boy status seriously in his quest to become "The Great Receiver." Through a series of coincidences, Joey gets his big chance and immediately skyrockets to stardom. This rags-to-riches story contains a series of melodramatic scenarios with stereotypical characters, such as the stone-faced coach and demanding English teacher. Joey's first-person narration rings with a gee-whiz tone—no swearing or sex—that marks this title strictly a middle-school choice. With minor changes, it could easily be set in the 1930s: Quaintly enough, the players stop off at the Chocolate Shoppe for burgers and shakes following each game. Eulo crowds her story with hints of racism, parental verbal abuse and jealousy, but clunky prose and unconvincing dialogue slows the pacing. "That stupid showboating makes me look bad. Lay off!" This squeaky-clean story has more potential appeal for tweens than teens. (Fiction. 10-14)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823418886
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elena Yates Eulo is an avid sports fan but has also been an actress and singer and has written television screenplays, historical fiction, and mystery-suspense novels for adults. Booklist called her first young adult novel, Mixed-up Doubles, "funny but bittersweet." She lives and writes in Florida.

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