31 January 2012

Game Changers; Mike Lupica

Game Changers: Book 1Game Changers: Book 1 by Mike Lupica
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've never read one of Lupica's sports books before, but I've read his column many times. His ear for language is as evident here as it is in the newspaper, making this book about a sport I don't really follow that much more enjoyable.

Ben McBain's goal is to be the QB for the Rockville Rams Pop Warner team, but he's never chosen for that. This year there's not only Shawn O'Brien, last year's QB, to contend with, there's also Shawn's father, a former NFL QB. As the Rams' season unfolds, Ben gets to be a good friend, good teammate and good football player in what to an adult appears to be a very predictable fashion.

That's why for me this was a 3-star: the predictable nature of the plot, and the somewhat moralizing tone overall. However, if I were a football-besotted middle grade boy? Those wouldn't matter and I'd love the book.

ARC provided by publisher.

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