A new football coach takes over an experienced, losing team and turns them into a winning team by teaching a winning play to them each week. The coach admits that each play is mailed to him anonymously, but who is sending the tips? Young readers will be kept in suspense until the end of the book. This is another in a long line of successful sports-related books by Matt Christopher that will keep sports enthusiasts reading.
Richmond Public Schools, October 2011
A new, inexperienced coach takes over the Cayugan football team when the long-time coach is transferred to another town. The team is prepared for another losing season until Coach Wayne mysteriously starts receiving plays that win games. The Cayugans become the winningest team in the league. But Chip and Splash want to solve the mystery of who is sending the great plays. Should they even try? This high-interest Matt Christopher Sports book will keep readers attention until the end. Highly Recommended.
Arlington Independent School District, June 2011
Grade Level 3-6. Originally published in 1997, this football story about a beginning football teams whose good luck can be traced to a mysterious person calling the plays has been reissued with an appealing, colorful cover. Larger type and lots of illustrations make this a good choice for reluctant readers.
Book Buzz, February 2010