"The best writer of sports books in America today" (The Boston Globe) tells a thrilling story of friendship, football, and a fight for justice.
Renowned sports journalist and New York Times-bestselling author John Feinstein's young adult novel Backfield Boys follows best friends and football stars Jason Roddin and Tom Jefferson, a perfect, though unconventional, pair: Jason, the Jewish kid, is lightning fast and a natural wide-receiver, while African-American Tom has an amazing arm and a quarterback's feel for the game. After summer football camp at an elite sports-focused boarding school, the boys are thrilled to enroll on scholarship for their freshman year--despite their mothers' fears of injury and especially CTE.
"A strong football hook will draw in most sports fans . . . The boys' driving quest for the truth will keep readers engaged." --School Library Journal Over the years, John Feinstein has built a career covering many aspects of athletics as a sportswriter, author, and media commentator. He has also written several sports novels for young adult audiences. In his most recent novel, Feinstein tackles racism in a way that is both thought-provoking and timely. . . . The end product is a fast-paced, reflective, well-written book that simultaneously entertains and challenges its readers. --Children's Literature
- ISBN-13: 9781250180643
- ISBN-10: 1250180643
- Publisher: Square Fish
- Publish Date: August 2018
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds
- Page Count: 384
- Reading Level: Ages 12-18