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Cindy L. Rodriguez is the author of the YA novel When Reason Breaks and has contributed to the anthology Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles. She has also written the text for Volleyball Ace, Drill Team Determination, and Gymnastics Payback, all part of the Jake Maddox series. Before becoming a teacher, she was an award-winning reporter for The Hartford Courant and researcher for The Boston Globe's Spotlight Team. She is a founder of Latinxs in Kid Lit, a blog that celebrates children's literature by/for/about Latinxs. Cindy is a big fan of the three Cs: coffee, chocolate, and coconut. She is currently a middle school reading specialist in Connecticut, where she lives with her family.
Appeals to fans of the original Jake Maddox series. This series is Jake Maddox taken to the next level has slightly higher reading and interest levels and protagonists face tougher challenges and opponents;,Sports subject provides high interest level while engaging text and short chapters allow struggling readers a chance to practice reading;,Easy-to-read, simple plot, with the reluctant reader in mind. "More About" section encourages readers to find out more about the sports they are interested in and glossary helps strengthen vocabulary;