Touchdown Trouble

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Sam loves football. Most of all he loves the feeling he gets when his team, the Cowboys, are working together—moving closer and closer to the end zone. But Sam's pride in his team begins to fade. In an important game, the Cowboys beat the Giants to remain undefeated, thanks to a touchdown by Sam in the final play of the game. But later, watching a video of the game, Sam and his teammates realize that the winning touchdown was scored illegally. The Giants should have won the game. Now the team is divided. Should ...

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Sam loves football. Most of all he loves the feeling he gets when his team, the Cowboys, are working together—moving closer and closer to the end zone. But Sam's pride in his team begins to fade. In an important game, the Cowboys beat the Giants to remain undefeated, thanks to a touchdown by Sam in the final play of the game. But later, watching a video of the game, Sam and his teammates realize that the winning touchdown was scored illegally. The Giants should have won the game. Now the team is divided. Should they keep quiet or give the Giants the win? It is only when Sam's father tells the Cowboys about a famous football game—and similar dilemma—from the past that that Sam knows what to do. But will his teammates agree? Fred Bowen combines swift play-by-play game action with a fascinating glimpse into sports history for a winning combination. An Afterword tells the real story of the 1940 Cornell-Dartmouth football game, the only college sporting event ever to be decided after the completion of the game.

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Children's Literature - Summer Whiting
Twelve-year old Sam is the star of his little league football team, the Cowboys. The players work together and play to win. They remain undefeated as the most important game of the season is fast approaching. Their opponents, the Giants, hold the same record: 5-0. The winner of this game is predicted to win the league championship, and no one doubts the importance of the upcoming game. It is close, and Sam relies on his teammates to help seal the deal. The Cowboys take the victory thanks to Sam's final touchdown, but not by much. The final score is 18-16. The following week, the team gathers at Sam's house for their Friday night ritual of ordering pizza and watching the last week's game. The Cowboys are now the only undefeated team in the league. As they watch the final play, Sam is sickened to realize that he did not, in fact, score during those final moments. The referee had mistakenly given Sam's team one extra down, making the final touchdown no good. The team is divided about what to do next. Sam and Eddie feel as though they only won by cheating. The other teammates feel that it was the referee's mistake and they should not be penalized for it. The team's decision is made during a contemplative discussion between the teammates on the night before the final game. They take a vote. The Cowboys decide to contact the head of the league and break the news. The team walks away with something more valuable than a win: integrity and virtue. Fred Bowen writes truthfully and passionately about sports, teamwork and adolescents. A great suggestion for reluctant male readers. Reviewer: Summer Whiting
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Twelve-year-old Sam's extracurricular life revolves around football. After watching a video replay of an important game, the team realizes that its winning score was made inadvertently on an illegal fifth down. Bowen uses historical events—a game between Cornell and Dartmouth played in 1940—to anchor the plot realistically. This device will resonate with readers as it imparts an actual dilemma and conclusion without moralistic advice. They will feel the players' emotions when the Cowboys have to make an important decision based on an honest mistake by an official. This book can be used as an excellent opportunity for a group discussion and will be a fine addition to other popular play-by-play sports chapter books.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561454976
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Series: The Fred Bowen Sports Story Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 358,739
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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