On a book page, this tab will allow you to add a book to one of your lists.
Please login or register to use this feature.
9781443104715_cover Enlarge Cover
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $9.99
published: Oct 2010
ISBN:9781443104715

Pop

by Gordon Korman

reviews: 1
tagged:
add a tag
Please login or register to use this feature.
boys & men, football
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $9.99
published: Oct 2010
ISBN:9781443104715
Description

Gordon Korman's acclaimed and timely YA novel explores the dangerous side of high school sports.

Marcus is new in town and is hoping to make the championship high school football team, but it seems like a closed club, run by current star Troy.

One day, while tossing the ball around in a park, Marcus meets Charlie, a man in his fifties who can play football like an old pro, which is exactly what he happens to be — a former NFL player and local celebrity. Charlie has boundless energy and coaches Marcus on his fear of being tackled, but as Marcus becomes more involved in this friendship it becomes painfully obvious to him, through the simplicity of Charlie's thoughts, that the long-term effects of the violent plays he suffered during his glory days have taken their toll.

With wit and sensitivity, Gordon Korman tackles truths about high school sports and the quirky, yet poignant friendship that develops between Marcus and Charlie.

About the Author

Gordon Korman

GORDON KORMAN is a beloved author of over ninety-five novels for young readers, including hilarious middle-grade classics such as the Macdonald Hall series, I Want to Go Home and Slacker. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Gordon grew up in Thornhill, Ontario, and now lives in New York with his family. Visit him online at www.gordonkorman.com.

Author profile page >
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
13 to 18
Grade:
8 to 12
Awards
  • Short-listed, OLA Red Maple Award, Fiction
Editorial Review

Praise for Pop:

"A frank examination of the potential consequences of contact sports... [Pop] will definitely please any young reader who likes a good, scrappy sports story where jockstrap gags energetically collide with thoughtful revelations." —The Globe and Mail

Out of print

This edition is not currently available in bookstores. Check your local library or search for used copies at Abebooks.

Reader Reviews

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Pop

When Marcus plans to play high school football in his new town, he meets with resistance from star player Troy Popovich. While practising in the park, Marcus meets ex-NFLer, Charlie Popovich. As their friendship blossoms, Marcus realizes that the violent tackles Charlie suffered during his glory days may have taken their toll.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

Related Blog Posts

User Activity

X
Contacting facebook
Please wait...