Pop

Pop

by Gordon Korman
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Pop by Gordon Korman

When Marcus moves to a new town in the dead of summer, he doesn't know a soul. While practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older man. Charlie is a charismatic prankster—and the best football player Marcus has ever seen. He can't believe his good luck when he finds out that Charlie is actually Charlie Popovich, or "the King of Pop," as he had been nicknamed during his career as an NFL linebacker. But that's not all. There is a secret about Charlie that his family is desperate to hide.

When Marcus begins school, he meets the starting quarterback on the team: Troy Popovich. Right from the beginning, Marcus and Troy disagree—about football, about Troy's ex-girlfriend, Alyssa, but most of all about what's good for Charlie. Marcus is betting that he knows what's best for the King of Pop. And he is willing to risk everything to help his friend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061742613
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/18/2011
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 80,285
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gordon Korman wrote his first book at age fourteen and since then has written more than eighty-five middle grade and teen novels. Favorites include the New York Times bestselling The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, Book One: The Medusa Plot; Ungifted; Pop; and Schooled. Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, New York. You can visit him online at www.gordonkorman.com.

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Pop 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
HeinrichJa More than 1 year ago
Marcus Jordan is a young quarterback who has just moved to Kennesaw, Ohio, a small town in which the local varsity football team went undefeated the previous year. Needless to say, his presence was not celebrated. The David Nathan Aldrich Raiders had a very solid group the year before and only four seniors left due to graduation. On arrival, he was heckled by the quarterback and after all of that chaos, he barely was able to try out for the team. He played well but the quarterback led a mutiny against him so all the receivers dropped his passes. One of the only negatives to Marcus was his toughness, but all that changed after he met Charlie Popovich. The retired NFL linebacker and Marcus played together for hours on end and Marcus developed into a contact-hungry animal. After making varsity, moving to offense, and learning of Charlie's terrible condition, Marcus is faced with a very tough decision. Will he play in the pivotal football game, or help Charlie in a crucial time of need? I enjoyed the unpredictable and twisting plot. You can never guess how the football games would come out or what Charlie was going to do next. The ending was also very climatic, and sad. The humor and shenanigans the characters pulled also spiced up the story. I recommend this book to any realistic fiction readers, sports readers, and people who are friends with someone who is mentally ill. The book has enough friendship, sports, and bravery for anyone to appreciate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the way to explain a new comer on an allstar football team that takes you on a great adventure that will leave you wanting more. it teaches about a teenager and how he meets the king of pop. then on he was taught how to tackle. now hes going for the champion ship in state.
Newberg_A More than 1 year ago
Pop is about this boy named marcus. he is new to the town and doesnt know anyone. Marcus loves to play football. loves. and was the starting QB for the JV team last year at his old high school.The first few days in the town are quiet, then finally he finds this older man in a park called, three alarm park. This man doesn't care to talk with marcus, for instance, he calls him "Mac". This man named, Charlie, also seems to have a passion for the game of football. He agrees to meet marcus at the park everyday after his school football practice to play with him. The last years football team went 11 and 0 and even won a championship and expected to do it again this year. So when marcus came to the tryouts, the team was surprised. The captain of the team, and the biggest jerk of the team, was the Quarterback. Troy Popovich. But back to the unknown charlie character. Marcus did some reasearch and found out that charlie was Troy's Dad! He was a former NFL Player also, and troy and his sister charlie did not want anyone talking to him. Charlie and marcus are together a lot! which really makes troy mad. Eventually Marcus finds out Charlie has a mental disabillity. Then, Marcus is faced with a serious decision, will he play football and possibly go to a championship game, or help Charlie in a time of need.? I thought this was a super great book, and i don't think you need to be a football fan to read it. it may help and some parts may make more sense. but you dont have to. its a quick read and awesome!
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Enters and looks at her new camp.
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The big tom pads in. Hello. Im wondering if i may join and maybe be deputy?
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Pads in
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I cant rp at the clan anymore. You can still find me at Beachclan and Bloodclan.
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