Look Inside Twelve-year-old Michael, confined to a wheelchair after an accident, uses mental telepathy to communicate football plays to his quarterback twin brother Tom, then suddenly finds himself on the field in his brother's place. These are Matt Christopher's best selling novels about sports and the kids who play them. Each story is over 100 pages and is packed with fast paced sports action that include subtle life lessons on sportsmanship, responsibility, and doing the right thing. The larger, more accessible type and redesigned covers will attract and ignite the interest of a new generation of Matt Christopher readers. The quality library paper and guaranteed library binding will keep the books circulating for years.
Twelve-year-old Michael Curtis has been in a wheelchair since an accident two years ago and is no longer able to play football and other sports like he used to. Michael watches his twin brother, Tom, play the game and discovers that Tom is doing all the plays Michael has thought he should do. With the help of their neighbor, a retired science professor, the boys refine their ability to communicate through ESP and learn to trade places through TEC, Thought-Energy Control. They each have the opportunity to understand each other’s situation and experience first hand. Michael can run down the field again and Tom can experience life in a wheelchair. Some of the language and description of family interaction is reminiscent of the 1960s, which creates a refreshing tone and presents a model for good family communication. A great book that puts together athletics and important life lessons about walking in others’ shoes.
Twin football playing brothers find they can communicate to each other by ESP after one is hurt in an accident. They use their special powers to communicate plays during football games. This book would appeal to football loving readers. John Beasley, Parent, Elizabeth Lane Elementary School.
Book Buzz, December 2010
The Great Quarterback Switch is a great book for football fans. It starts off with Michael watching his twin brother, Tom, the quarterback make plays for his team. Tom and Michael soon realize that they have some sort of connection like ESP and that they are able to switch minds during a game with a theoretical term called Thought-Energy Control. Michael is excited since he has been in a wheelchair since he was ten years of age. This element in the story makes this book interesting and makes the audience wonder what is going to happen next. Recommended.
Douglas County School District
These classic sports stories will be a welcome replacement for the aging originals. Snazzy new covers will delight the boys who already love the series. The stories are good, plots are interesting, and characters are likeable. Recommended.
Richardson Independent School District's Library Media Services Book Review Program, June 2009