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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Series: Matt Christopher Sports Series (Book 20)
  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Matt Christopher Sports Series edition (September 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316139246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316139243
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Christopher is the best selling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 4, 2004
Format: School & Library Binding
Imagine yourself in the shoes of a football player who's afraid to be tackled. Think of the embarrassment.
Jim Nardi plays for the Vulcan's football team and his big brother is the head coach. He is about 12-13 years old, and is the main character.
The problem with Jim Nardi is that whenever he gets an interception he drops the ball because he doesn't want to get tackled. But his close friend Bucky, also on Jim's football team, tries to help Jim overcome his fear. Then at a game a pass is coming right to Jim, he intercepts the pass! But will he drop the ball? Read to find out.
This book is action-packed. In almost every scene Jim is on the football field in a game. This book is great if you love football, play football, and also if you cant overcome one of your fears in football.
The author, Matt Christopher, always describes Jim Nardi's actions on the field with excellent detail, and expression for every play of the game. I'd recommend this book to kids 9 through 14,also to people who like to read books with great details of expression and football action.
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Format: Paperback
This book has a simple lesson, overcoming a realistic, yet irrational fear. Jim Nardi is a linebacker for the Vulcans, a team in a youth football league. Jim is generally a tough kid; he loves to hit people hard when he makes the tackle. However, he has an irrational fear of being tackled, when he has the opportunity to intercept a pass, he will drop the ball rather than take the risk of being hit.
This fear is creating problems for him; some of the other players on the team are beginning to make fun of him. Fortunately, his coach and older brother Doug is willing to let him try to play through it. Chuckie, a boy that contracted polio and is in a wheelchair trying to fight back to the point where he can walk again, further aids Jim. Chuckie's encouragement and sense of purpose gives Jim a perspective on his problems. The final game arrives and when the game is on the line, Jim makes a difficult interception and gives a hard shot back when he is tackled, learning that he can take the punishment to make the play.
Football is a tough game and injuries will always happen, which is how life is. The best way to do both is to accept that fact and play hard anyway, knowing that getting hit and maybe getting hurt are the consequences of being in the game. This is a valuable lesson that this book makes very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nana of 5 on November 1, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A gift for my Grandson birthday and I am sure he will love it and it arrived in great shape and on time. thanks
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kyle on October 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
This was very good book, and as a football player I realy enjoyed reading this because in some of the game scenes in the book it made me feel like i was realy playing in the game. Some faults in the book i thought came when the writer took like two chapters to describe a game. If he would of shortened it up a little it would have been a little more enjoy able and i would have rated it a perfect 5 stars.
Sincerly,
Kyle
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By Ben McCormack on January 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Catch that pass is a great book with amazing writing and also it had a good storyline with outstanding ideas. I would like to congratulate Matt Christopher for making such a wonderful book.
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By Barbara C. Barrier on December 15, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book encouraged my grandson to read. This was not something he enjoyed, but because it was about football which he loves he read it. It also encouraged him to read other sports books which I purchased from Amazon at reasonable prices.
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More About the Author

Matthew F. Christopher was born on August 16, 1917, in Bath, Pa. He was the oldest of nine children and a talented athlete, playing baseball, football and soccer in high school. He became interested in writing at the age of 14 and in 1940 had his first story published in a detective magazine. He began writing children's books in the mid 1950's with the publication of THE LUCKY BASEBALL BAT (Little, Brown and Company).

Christopher became well-known for his sports fiction novels for children with over 130 titles bearing his name. He was awarded numerous writing honors from state organizations as well as the 1993 Milner Award. Besides books, he had about 275 short stories and articles published in over 65 children and adult magazines over the years. He is considered America's best selling sports book author.

Matt Christopher and his wife Cay were the parents of four children and the grandparents of ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He died in 1997 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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