This novel is about a boy who is torn in two directions as to which sport he has to play. His heart is set on soccer, but his family wants him to play football. It takes us through some of the trials and tribulations faced by Jabber Morris befor he makes the right choice. I will recommend this book for sports fans.
Book Buzz, December 2009
Jabber wants to play soccer. Jabber is good at soccer. However, his family wants him to play football. That is because his Dad, who died recently, was a football star. His brother plays football, and everyone assumes Jabber should play it too. The tension feels real, but the resolution is predictable. However, predictability is not necessarily a killer for this book, which is primarily about sports and secondarily about Jabber and his family. Christopher’s writing shines when he is describing Jabber on the field. The writing is not as strong as he describes Jabber’s angst about going against his family’s wishes, but it holds together, and after all Jabber cannot always be on the field. While not high literature, this book will appeal to sports enthusiasts. A lot of good game descriptions are embedded in this book. Part of the “Matt Christopher Sports Library” series.
Norwood House has produced large-print hardback library versions of the Matt Christopher Sports Library of sports oriented fiction for grades 3-6. This spring’s offerings include Catch That Pass; Center Court Sting; The Kid Who Only Hit Homers; Mountain Bike Mania; Snowboard Showdown; and Soccer Halfback. Each book provides exciting stories with conflicts centered around the different sports that kids love. These are sturdy volumes made to withstand many readings. Each is a fun read that still provides important, values-based food for thought. They are perfect for young reluctant readers. They are “Accelerated Reader” compatible. We rated this excellent series five hearts.
Reader: Bob Spear