Every Friday I highlight books and authors that are ones boys might really enjoy. I’m not saying girls wouldn’t read these books, but they are clearly “guy” books.
This week I’m highlighting:
Crackback by John Coy
I haven’t read this book, but I have a ton of boys who have. When my students did their sidewalk chalk recommendations several picked this book. And for their book promotion projects a couple different boys did a book trailer for it. Any book that hooks boys this much has my attention. The main reason they tell me they like it because it deals with a football player that has to decide if he’s going to do steroids like others on his football team or whether he’s going to turn them in. It may not be a decision all boys will have to face, but it is something they hear a lot about whether in connection to pro, college or Olypmic athletes. The book gives them tools to make the right decision if they should ever find themselves there.
A few years back they author visited our school. The boys were super interested to hear what he had to say. I appriciate any author that can get the boys to sit up and take notice.
If you don’t know the story, here’s the summary from Goodreads
When Miles Manning, a successful high school football player, discovers his teammates are using steroids–and one of them is his best friend–he’s faced with a tough decision: Is he willing to do what it takes to win? Football is his life, and his family, especially his dad, is pinning its hopes on him. It’s a lot of pressure for a high school junior to bear. This gripping look into the world of high school boys and athletes–and their struggle to be the best–is provocative and searingly honest.