Friday, October 24, 2014

Fantasy League by Mike Lupica - ESSENTIAL

Lupica, Mike Fantasy League, 293 p. Philomel (Penguin), 2014. $18.  Content: G.  

Charlie Gaines has fantasy football down pat.  If only his hometown major league football team, the L.A. Bulldogs, did as well as the teams in Charlie’s dreams.  When his best friend Anna, introduces him to her grandfather, who happens to own the Bulldogs, Charlie drops an idea in his ear that may just start the team’s turn around.  Charlie is also getting attention from Anna’s brilliant idea of turning Charlie’s football knowledge and fantasy picks into a podcast.  Charlie has to learn to juggle tension, attention, and conflict if he wants to survive his ride to fame.  

I love the many choices of well-written sports books in the market.  Lupica, Feinstein, Deuker are just three of several solid choices for upper elementary and middle school students, whether boys or girls.  I told a student about this one at Parent-Teacher conferences last night and he is first in line to check it out as soon as it is in the catalog.  

EL, MS - ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher

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