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The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game (The Sports Beat, 5) [Kindle Edition]

John Feinstein
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New York Times bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein investigates a covert op at the Army-Navy football game in this exciting sports mystery.
 
The Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of Navy have met on the football field since 1890, and it’s a rivalry like no other, filled with tradition.
 
Teen sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol have been busy at West Point and Annapolis, getting to know the players and coaches—and the Secret Service agents. Since the president will be attending the game, security will be tighter than tight. Weeks and months have been spent on training and planning and reporting to get them all to this moment. But when game day arrives, the refs aren’t the only ones crying foul. . . .
 
John Feinstein has been praised as “the best writer of sports books in America today” (The Boston Globe), and he proves it again in this fast-paced novel.


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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 6-9–Intrepid teen reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are once again granted extraordinary access to the behind-the-scenes action at a major sports event. In the course of pursuing their journalistic duties, they meet a number of real-life celebrities including journalist Bob Woodward, legendary basketball coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Bobby Knight, politico Ed Rendell, golfer Phil Mickelson, and sports commentator Tony Kornheiser. Even Barack Obama works the kids into his schedule. Since the “mystery” (involving corrupt officials at the Army/Navy game) is not introduced until page 225, there is plenty of room for background on the service academies' rivalry, as well as other seemingly random topics (a story line on Susan Carol's participation in a swim meet, for instance, is dropped into the middle of the narrative, and abruptly abandoned). Even aspiring sports journalists will find it difficult to stick with this meandering effort.–Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

In their latest adventure, precocious 14-year-old reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson get a chance to help major Washington newspapers cover the Army-Navy football game and stumble across an illegal gambling racket, perpetrated by the game’s officiating squad. Along the way, the cub reporters meet a number of actual famous people (Bob Woodward and Barack Obama, among others). Some of the dropped names of retired players and other old guys will have little resonance with young readers, and fans of the series will recognize that the mystery here isn’t as compelling as those in previous installments. Still, sports fans, especially college football followers, will enjoy the behind-the-scenes look at the famous game. Grades 6-9. --Todd Morning

Product Details

  • File Size: 1732 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375865705
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F3FJSC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Once again John Feinstein has taken his incredible skills as a writer and reporter to the page and given readers young and old a great mystery in THE RIVALRY. Giving his two heroes Stevie and Susan Carol access to the game that only he could, he takes us into a world where even a football game is not what it appears to be---and the winners and losers are not always on the field.

With engaging dialogue and a storyline that keeps you turning the pages, there's no wonder that Feinstein is in a league all of his own.

THE RIVALRY was chosen by Conversations Book Club as one of its top 10 books in 2010 for young adults.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific mystery that has something for everyone February 23, 2011
Format:Hardcover
The latest addition to Edgar Award-winning author John Feinstein's excellent sports mystery series finds Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson covering the Army-Navy football game for their national newspaper jobs. They quickly learn about the intense rivalry dating back over 110 years and get up to speed on the current issues, including suspicious officials and heavy secret service attention. Juggling sports writing, freshman year of high school, and even their budding romance is difficult, but it certainly makes for fast-paced, fun reading.

In THE RIVALRY, Feinstein ties in his in-depth knowledge of the nationally famous Army-Navy rivalry as he wrote a book about it titled A CIVIL WAR: ARMY VS. NAVY: A Year Inside College Football's Purest Rivalry. The players are not eying NFL contracts; instead, they're looking for honor before heading out for five years of serving their country. Each aspect of this game is steeped in history and pride, and is woven in through fascinating details.

The presence of the secret service alerts Stevie and Susan Carol that this is no ordinary game, as the President plans to attend. Susan Carol is assigned to travel with Navy to a Notre Dame game, the last competition before Army-Navy. She eats with the midshipmen, interviews them and learns about their special traditions. Stevie spends his time with the Army side, going to a game with Georgia Tech for similar coverage. But at Susan Carol's game, she and the rest of the reporters are stunned by some unbelievable calls, which lead to a Notre Dame victory. She writes a scathing article for the Post, which leads to her getting threatening letters and emails to the editor.

Stevie manages to get into some trouble as well when he argues with former basketball coach Bobby Knight.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult read for younger readers February 3, 2011
Format:Hardcover
We purchased this book for my 9 year old son who is an avid reader and loves football. He mostly reads on his own, and had complained that he was having trouble understanding what was going on in this book. I began reading the book aloud to him to help explain as we went along and I couldn't believe the number of characters in the book. I picked a page a random, and counted that there were 9 different characters referenced... on one page! Several of whom don't appear to have any relevance to the story. For younger readers, I recommend Football Hero by Tim Green - it's a better story and much, much easier to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointted in the Book June 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was disappointed. I have read other books by Feinstein which were much

better. This book was unrealistic reading. I probably will not read anymore books by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Only to the Original December 26, 2011
By Kathy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
John Feinstein stayed true to his sports-reporting origins in The Rivalry. This book is focused primarily on the actual sporting event, and Feinstein described in detail the essence of the Army-Navy game. Readers learn about both schools' histories, the traditions of the game, and about college football.

The mystery itself is not at the core of the book, making the plot a little hard to follow. In fact, the mystery itself doesn't even come into play until late in the story. However, the true sports fan will prefer this book over the rest of the Last Shot series. If you're looking for more Stevie-Susan Carol romance, this is not your book, as their relationship does not progress or get affected in any way by this story - a good thing in my opinion.

Overall, the only reason why this book isn't the best of the Last Shot series is that the original has an easier plot to follow. However, this stays true to Feinstein's sports fanatacism, and will delight youth sports fans everywhere.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The latest addition to Edgar Award-winning author John Feinstein's excellent sports mystery series finds Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson covering the Army-Navy football game for their national newspaper jobs. They quickly learn about the intense rivalry dating back over 110 years and get up to speed on the current issues, including suspicious officials and heavy secret service attention. Juggling sports writing, freshman year of high school, and even their budding romance is difficult, but it certainly makes for fast-paced, fun reading.

In THE RIVALRY, Feinstein ties in his in-depth knowledge of the nationally famous Army-Navy rivalry as he wrote a book about it titled A CIVIL WAR: ARMY VS. NAVY: A Year Inside College Football's Purest Rivalry. The players are not eying NFL contracts; instead, they're looking for honor before heading out for five years of serving their country. Each aspect of this game is steeped in history and pride, and is woven in through fascinating details.

The presence of the secret service alerts Stevie and Susan Carol that this is no ordinary game, as the President plans to attend. Susan Carol is assigned to travel with Navy to a Notre Dame game, the last competition before Army-Navy. She eats with the midshipmen, interviews them and learns about their special traditions. Stevie spends his time with the Army side, going to a game with Georgia Tech for similar coverage. But at Susan Carol's game, she and the rest of the reporters are stunned by some unbelievable calls, which lead to a Notre Dame victory. She writes a scathing article for the Post, which leads to her getting threatening letters and emails to the editor.

Stevie manages to get into some trouble as well when he argues with former basketball coach Bobby Knight.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading. Lots of name dropping of famous athletes ...
Book was for a 12-year-old - mystery book assignment. Easy reading. Lots of name dropping of famous athletes / sports figures, making it good for a kid who is a sports junkie but... Read more
Published 17 days ago by P Stats
5.0 out of 5 stars Starts boring but gets better
It was a great topic and had a great finish but I wish it showed the results of the game
Published 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars there r to many thing back before the game
I want it to be more about the game not about before it. I would have really like if is was just about the game
Published 4 months ago by guy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not his best
Published 4 months ago by rob
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rivalry
I love the sports mystery! John Feinstein does it once again? Perfect and unexpected ending that leaves you craving for more!
Published 5 months ago by Austin Koontz
5.0 out of 5 stars The rival: Mystery at the Army - Navy Game
Fantastic novel of perhaps the pure college division 1 rivalry. Probably this only major football rivalry game not compromised by greed of its alumni. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dalem65@msn
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!
Great Book. Can't wait to read "Mystery at the Olympics, Rush for the Gold!" Great Book and 5 stars. Want to read the next book. Susan Carol and Stevie solve the mystery yet again! Read more
Published 6 months ago by T. Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Another masterpiece from John Feinstein. Purchased for my kids. Difficult to find age appropriate sports books for youth, but this one is right on their level. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Aaron Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I think this book was vey well written, even though there were some pages that I did have to re-read a few times. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amy C Delgado
5.0 out of 5 stars sports agents run amuck
I liked it because the characters were happy just to be part of the Olympics whether they won a medal or not. Illustrated how Endorsements and agents can get put of hand.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
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John Feinstein spent years on the staff at the Washington Post, as well as writing for Sports Illustrated and the National Sports Daily. He is a commentator on NPRs "Morning Edition," a regular on ESPNs "The Sports Reporters" and a visiting professor of journalism at Duke University.His first book, A Season on the Brink, is the bestselling sports book of all time. His first book for younger readers, Last Shot, was a bestseller.

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