Gordon Korman's acclaimed and timely YA novel explores the dangerous side of high school contact 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 quarterback Troy.
One day, while tossing the ball around in a park one day, 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 with Charlie, 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 football glory days have taken their toll on Charlie.
With wit and sensitivity, Gordon Korman tackles truths about high school sports, while delivering a poignant story about an unlikely friendship.
Gordon Korman wrote his first novel, This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall!, when he was only 12 years old. To date, he has written over 80 middle-grade and YA novels, including four titles in the #1 New York Times bestselling 39 Clues series. Gordon was born in Montreal, Quebec, grew up in Thornhill, Ontario, and now lives with his family in Great Neck, New York. Visit him online at www.gordonkorman.com.
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