From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6–The life of a sixth grader spirals out of control when his football team breaks up, his father moves out, and he starts crushing on his best friend's twin sister. Taking a cue from the real-life New York Jets, Eddie decides to start a new squad, replacing two longtime players in an effort to turn around his team's losing record. The writing is serviceable but doesn't come alive in a novel that is driven more by its message than by its characters. The parallel story lines emphasize that teams–be they in sports, among friends, or in families–should stick together, but the characters just aren't convincing. Eddie articulates his feelings about his parents' separation with preternatural ease, and the dialogue is a bit flat (I'm sorry for what I did. And I'm even sorrier for making you mad. But I like her. And nothing you say or do is gonna stop me from liking her). This is certainly no better or worse than most of the Matt Christopher titles that fly off the shelves, but, even so, it's mainly a supplementary purchase.–Adrienne Furness, Webster Public Library, NY
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