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Gut Check - by Eric Kester (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 304

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Sub-Genre: Sports & Recreation

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)

Age Range: Teen

Book theme: Football

Author: Eric Kester

Language: English

TCIN: 76432389
UPC: 9780374307622
Item Number (DPCI): 248-66-9459


*A Junior Library Guild Selection*

Readers don't have to like football in order to love this book . . . a brilliant debut . . . the storyline plays both offense and defense with perfection. Can the hero of a sports story be an overweight, ignored, nonathletic team mascot plucked from obscurity to land in the limelight? You bet! A winner. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Like Friday Night Lights, this compelling debut breaks the fourth wall at times. It's filled with memorable characters, especially Nate, Wyatt's smart, acne-prone best friend. Even football neophytes will root for this winningly heartbreaking, humorous, and hopeful story. --Booklist, starred review

The protagonists, the town, and the culture of high-school football are richly developed with keen insight and pithy prose . . . Football action sequences are vivid and testosterone-fueled locker room fights (and talk) brutal, but ultimately this novel is less about football and more about people getting by in a town on the verge of collapse. And that's where the real gut check sometimes is. --Horn Book

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