Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

POP, by Gordon Korman

Hit 'em till you hear the pop!

Marcus moves to town, knowing he’s got some great football moves, and that they have an undefeated high school team.  What he doesn’t realize, though, is that the team is pretty much a closed club, and there’s no place for him.  He starts practicing at the local park, where he meets Charlie – who, it turns out, is a former professional linebacker who teaches Marcus some great moves.

But there’s something not-quite-right about Charlie, and as Marcus finds out more about him, and his family, he has to question his own feelings about football and making the team.  And he has to go against the wishes of Charlie’s family to do what he thinks is right for his friend.  Will it land him in jail?  A great story with lots of football action!


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