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Pop

by Gordon Korman

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list price: $9.99 USD
published: May 2019
ISBN:9780061742613
publisher: HarperCollins
imprint: Balzer + Bray
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Pop delivers suspense, humor, sports action, and a compelling look at the damage those "pop"s in football can cause

Gordon Korman's books appeal to a wide range of kids and adults and can pull in even reluctant readers. Share Pop in your home or classroom; sports fans in particular won't be able to put it down.

When Marcus moves to a new town in the dead of summer, he doesn't know a soul. While practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up a friendship with a man named Charlie, the best football player Marcus has ever seen. He can't believe his good luck when he finds out that Charlie is Charlie Popovich, or "the King of Pop," as he'd been nicknamed during his career as an NFL linebacker.

Charlie turns out to be a prankster, and his actions get Marcus in trouble. He's also the father of the quarterback at Marcus's new school—who leads the team in icing out the new kid.

The story of a good kid's struggle to land on his feet in a new town after his parents split up combines with compelling sports action and even some romance in Gordon Korman's Pop.

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.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
13 to 18
Grade:
8 to 12
Editorial Reviews

Praise for UNGIFTED: “Donovan has a goofy kindness that charms characters and readers alike … The message is tolerance, and Korman expertly and humorously delivers it in an unpretentious and universally appealing tale.”

— School Library Journal

Praise for UNGIFTED: “Funny and insightful.”

— <em>Publishers Weekly</em>

Praise for MASTERMINDS: “A terrific page-turner. Full of unexpected twists and revelations. Buckle up.”

— James Patterson

Praise for MASTERMINDS: “This unique and action-packed story is filled with twists and turns that readers will not see coming. A wonderful start to what promises to be a thrilling series.”

— School Library Journal

“Funny, poignant and full of football action, POP hits you hard and doesn’t let up.”

— Tim Green, author of the New York Times bestselling Football Genius and Football Champ

Praise for SUPERGIFTED: “Managing a large cast of characters with ease, Korman creates a comedy of compounded errors leading to a public disaster and, strangely enough, a happy ending.”

— <em>Booklist</em>

Praise for MASTERMINDS: “Masterminds takes readers on a wild ride with terrific humor, a surprising mystery, and characters you can’t help but root for.”

— Brandon Mull, New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven series and the Five Kingdoms series

Praise for MASTERMINDS: “This tense, fast-paced story will have readers racing toward the cliffhanger ending.”

— <em>Publishers Weekly</em>

Praise for SUPERGIFTED: “Another chortleworthy outing from Korman.”

— <em>Kirkus Reviews</em>

Praise for UNGIFTED: “Touching, without being overly sentimental, Ungifted is a gem for readers looking for a story where the underdog comes out on top.”

— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Praise for SUPERGIFTED: “Humorous, relatable, and full of heart, Korman’s gift for understanding the middle school mind is on full display.”

— School Library Journal

“Korman goes straight to the heart.”

— <em>Kirkus Reviews </em><strong>(starred review)</strong>

Praise for UNGIFTED: “From its lovable-robot jacket art to its satisfying conclusion, this will please Korman’s fans and win him new ones.”

— ALA Booklist

Praise for MASTERMINDS: “[A] compelling, twisty mystery . . . [with] a truly gratifying payoff”

— <em>Booklist </em><strong>(starred review)</strong>

“Fantastic…Perfectly captures the football experience.”

— Newsday

“A brisk, heartfelt and timely novel.”

— <em>New York Times Book Review</em>

Praise for MASTERMINDS: PAYBACK: “Korman’s action-packed caper series comes to a satisfying close…with a masterful balance of humor, thought-provoking questions, and adventure”

— <em>Booklist</em>

“Thought-provoking.”

— <em>Publishers Weekly</em>

Praise for MASTERMINDS: CRIMINAL DESTINY: “A thrilling and fun series perfect for middle grade adventure seekers”

— School Library Journal

Praise for MASTERMINDS: CRIMINAL DESTINY: “Packed with enough thrilling action and suspense to keep the pages turning...[a] highly entertaining series.”

— <em>Booklist</em>

Praise for MASTERMINDS: CRIMINAL DESTINY: “Cat-and-mouse chase scenes deliver thrills…Volume 3 can’t get here soon enough.”

— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Praise for MASTERMINDS: PAYBACK: “Packed with surprising twists, high-speed chases, and plenty of near misses.”

— <em>Kirkus Reviews</em>

Praise for MASTERMINDS: “This tense, fast-paced story will have readers racing toward the cliffhanger ending.”

— <em>Kirkus Reviews</em>

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Reader Reviews

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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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.

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