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Backfield Boys
A Football Mystery in Black and White
By (author): John Feinstein
9781250180643 Paperback , Trade English Young adult: Interest age, years 12 - 18 Aug 28, 2018 Print Run: 40000
$14.99 CAD
Active 5.48 x 8.28 x 1.03 in | 330 gr 384 pages Square Fish
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Football

“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 andNew York Times–bestselling author John Feinstein’s young adult novelBackfield Boysfollows 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.

On day one, they’re stunned when the coaches make Tom a receiver and Jason a quarterback, a complete contradiction to their skill sets and training. Suspecting deep-seated racial bias, the boys speak out, risking both their scholarships and their chance to play. Soon local newspaper reports begin a secret investigation, and as tensions rise Jason and Tom must decide how much they're willing to lose in their quest to expose the ugly remnants of a racist past that still linger in contemporary jock culture.

Praise forBackfield Boys:

"An intriguing look at racism in contemporary sports and the power private schools have in shaping sports and upholding racist traditions." —Booklist

“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

John Feinstein is the author of more than thirty books, including the #1New York Times bestsellersA Season on the Brink andA Good Walk Spoiled. He is also the author of numerous kids mysteries. His first young adult mystery,Last Shot, won the Edgar Allen Poe Award. John also works forThe Washington Post, The Golf Channel, Sirius XM Radio, and Comcast Sportsnet.

Praise forBackfield Boys:

"An intriguing look at racism in contemporary sports and the power private schools have in shaping sports and upholding racist traditions." —Booklist

“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

Praise forFoul Trouble:

“Thorough and suspenseful; a must-read for those interested in basketball and the dealings surrounding the sport.” —Kirkus Reviews,starred review

“A riveting, cautionary tale about behind-the-scenes, big-money pressures confronting talented high school athletes. . . . Timely hot topics are embedded in this action-packed sports story. Readers will breathlessly await Terrell’s final decision.” —School Library Journal,starred review

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