Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring - ADVISABLE

Heldring, Thatcher The Football Girl, 200 pgs. Delacorte Press (Random House Children’s Books), 2017. $16.99 Language – PG (3 swears, 0 “f”), Mature Content – G; Violence – PG; 

Tessa breaks from the stereotypical eighth grade girl, and everyone is happy to tell her how she should act. When Tessa announces her desire to play football and go to the summer football camp in preparation for high school, the expectations of her parents and peers stand in her way. The choice Tessa has to make is whether she’s going to live her life or let others dictate her choices.

While the story mostly focuses on the expectations and hard choices that surround Tessa, Caleb is in just as many hard spots. In their different circumstances, Tessa and Caleb learn about standing up for what they believe in, even if that means not pleasing the ones you love. In the end, it’s about having the courage to try despite the possibility of failure and standing up for what you believe in despite popular opinions. Those messages are the reasons I enjoyed my time reading this book. 

MS, HS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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