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During Football Season, Every Game Day is a Holiday: Books for Football Nuts

Posted on January 3rd, 2012 by Mickie.
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If you are reading this blog…

…you may live in Ohio and if you live in Ohio (especially Central Ohio) you know what I am talking about when I say we have some football nuts who live here (not just this guy). For many Ohioans the next upcoming holiday is the next game day… Ohio LOVES football and isn’t afraid to show it!

If you eat and breathe football or bleed team colors…you may enjoy these pigskin reads.

Overweight, somewhat timid Mitch reluctantly agrees to be the sports reporter for the Lincoln High newspaper because he’s determined to be a writer, but he senses a real story in Angel, a talented football player who refuses to stand out on the field–or to discuss his past.

This quick read (only 48 pages!) is just one in a series of quick reads that aim to capture urban teen life–the ups, the downs and the in-betweens of High School.

Kadeem Jones is a star quarterback for Southside High. He is thrilled when college scouts seek him out. His visit to Teller College is amazing, but then NCAA officials accuse Teller’s staff of illegally recruiting top talent. Will Kadeem decide to help their investigation, even though it means the end of the good times? What will it do to his chances of playing college football?

High school senior Adonis struggles to do the right thing when his fellow football players escalate their bullying of a new classmate, Alan, who is transgendered.

Twelve-year-old football stars Troy White and Ty Lewis are eager to face each other in a seven-on-seven tournament being held at the Super Bowl in Miami, unaware that bad choices made by members of their families will put both boys in danger.

Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie’s family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot’s game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed.

Best friends Cassie and Greg get caught in the middle of a decades-old football rivalry between their high school teams, the Spartans and the Trojans, in this novel loosely based on Homer’s classic tale, The Iliad.

Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water.

In a small West Texas town, an Australian exchange student becomes a star on the football field and soon finds himself torn between the lure of America and the ties that bind him to his home in Australia.

Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.

1 comment.


Comment on January 3rd, 2012.

Awesome roundup of titles! And I can say as an Ohioan who is a non-football fan, some of these are gripping stories and mysteries in their own right, and football just happens to be the setting — so don’t avoid them based on the sports involved. :) OH, and there’s also Dairy Queen, by Catherine Murdock — can a GIRL go out for football?!? Read it and find out!

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