by Coy, John, 1958-

Format: Print Book 2005
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Shaler North Hills Library Young Adult Fiction YA COY
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA COY
In his gripping debut novel, acclaimed picture book author John Coy presents the high stakes world of high school football, where doing what it takes to win doesn't always mean doing the right thing.

When Miles Manning, a successful high school football player, discovers his teammates are using steroids--and one of them is his best friend--he's faced with a tough decision: Is he willing to do what it takes to win? Football is his life, and his family, especially his dad, is pinning its hopes on him. It's a lot of pressure for a high school junior to bear. This gripping look into the world of high school boys and athletes--and their struggle to be the best--is provocative and searingly honest.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 8-11. Sophomore football star Miles is excited about his strong team's chances in the new season. Then his favorite coach resigns, and Miles chafes under the new coach, who favors phrases such as This isn't a democracy. This is a dictatorship, and I'm the Dick. Miles feels alienated from his teammates at school, who have turned to steroids, and also at home, with his angry father. In his first novel, the author of several picture books, including Strong to the Hoop (1998), writes a moving, nuanced portrait of a teen struggling with adults who demand, but don't always deserve, respect. A subplot involving a school assignment about family roots and the Middle Passage feels somewhat patched on, but Coy connects the story's diverse elements--family secrets, his father's rage and homophobia, a burgeoning romance, football, and shifting friendships--in a loose jumble that, like Miles' strong first-person voice, is sharply authentic, open-ended, and filled with small details that signify larger truths. For another powerful look at the emotional lives of male teen athletes, suggest A. M. Jenkins' Damage (2001). --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Football stories.
Fathers and sons -- Juvenile fiction.
Coaching (Athletics) -- Juvenile fiction.
Steroids -- Juvenile fiction.
Drug abuse -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
High schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Football -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Coaching (Athletics) -- Fiction.
Steroids -- Fiction.
Drug abuse -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Scholastic Press,2005
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Crack back
Language English
Description 201 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0439697336 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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