The Roar of the Crowd: Winning Season #1

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It's Manny's first football season with the Hudson City Hornets and he's determined to get in the game and not warm the bench. Problem is, Manny's not a big guy and when he tries to tackle the offense, he's the one who ends up on the ground. Coach isn't too pleased, especially when the team starts losing. But Manny refuses to give up; he's as tough as anyone out there and he's fast. He's got the season to prove to Coach, his teammates, and himself, that he's got the talent to ...
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It's Manny's first football season with the Hudson City Hornets and he's determined to get in the game and not warm the bench. Problem is, Manny's not a big guy and when he tries to tackle the offense, he's the one who ends up on the ground. Coach isn't too pleased, especially when the team starts losing. But Manny refuses to give up; he's as tough as anyone out there and he's fast. He's got the season to prove to Coach, his teammates, and himself, that he's got the talent to earn the roar of the crowd.

After years of playing nothing but soccer in Hudson City, New Jersey, Manny has to work very hard to play on the middle school football team, using determination, speed, and smarts to make up for being small and inexperienced.

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Children's Literature
In this debut title of his "Winning Season" series of middle-grade novels, Wallace supplies fast-paced sports action abundant enough to satisfy even the most reluctant-reader sports fan, in an appealingly slim 101-page format (perfect for kids scouting for something to meet a teacher's 100-page length requirement for a book report!), while also managing to create a story with genuine sweetness at its core. Sixth-grader Manny and his friend Donald decide to switch from soccer to football for a season, despite being the scrawniest guys on the team. And sure enough, they suffer on the sidelines, until they earn their brief, but oh-so-rewarding time in the spotlight. Manny's working class family is warm and affectionate, and his five-year-old brother, Sal, is responsible for some of the most poignant moments in the story, with his touching, but sometimes almost unbearable, hero worship of his older brother; and the Hudson City, New Jersey, setting is realistically depicted. Wallace demonstrates that he knows that the best way to wrench readers' hearts is not to show kids' cruelty to each other, but their decency and kindness: the true team nature of team sports at their best shines through here. This book should fly off the shelves to kids who seek fast-moving sports stories with soul. 2004, Viking, Ages 9 to 12.
—Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
VOYA
These short sports novels from the Winning Season series focus on different main characters and different sports. In The Roar of the Crowd, Manny struggles to play football despite his small size. Although he does not completely get a Hollywood ending, Manny learns a lesson in perseverance and being part of a team. In Technical Foul, Jared needs to learn how to work with his teammates to be part of the basketball team, rather than just the high scorer. The plots of the books are straightforward, and the main conflict is the total focus of each book. The conflict allows each story to deliver a positive message without being didactic to the extreme-try hard, work together, and you will win and find friends. Each story's strength lies in the descriptions of the games and in the athlete's role in those games. Wallace uses his experiences to bring the games to life and to take the reader inside the head of his main character. The main characters' age (sixth grade), simple plots, and character development, however, leave the audience of this series at the lower end of middle grade readers. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P M (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2004, Viking, 112p., Ages 11 to 14.
—Mary Ann Harlan
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Diminutive Manny Ramos, a sixth grader, goes out for the football team at his New Jersey school. He weighs a mere 87 pounds while some of his teammates are closer to the 155-pound maximum. Although he is a fast runner, he hardly gets to play during practice. When he gets a chance to participate in the kickoff of the first game, he makes a couple of mistakes that contribute to the squad's loss. Then it's back to no action for Manny. Another opportunity results in success and finally he feels like he's part of the team. The family scenes are well written and believable. The close relationship between Manny and his five-year-old brother is nicely portrayed. A drawback is a description of a girl as "short but built," and again that "she's after" a popular boy. Later, Manny responds to an opponent with "Screw you." While probably realistic, this dialogue seems unnecessary. Still, this story conveys an important message about perseverance and making the most of one's strengths. Packed with plenty of action, it makes an OK choice for sports fans.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780670059409
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/23/2004
  • Series: Winning Season Series , #1
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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