Bulldog Library

The Counterfeit Tackle

on March 1, 2013

JF Christopher    •    AR Reading Level: 3.9    •    AR Points: 2.0    •    Quiz #11409

Screen Shot 2013-04-15 at 6.25.10 PMCorky is a kid with a problem: he has two places to be on Saturday.  His football team, the Otters, is playing against the Marlins, but his dad has also bought tickets to the Giants – Bears game on Saturday.  He can’t go to both.  His coach has warned him that if he is late to one more game he will be benched for the rest of the season.  He is afraid that if he misses the game entirely, he will be kicked off the team.

Luckily, Corky has a very clever brother who happens to be his identical twin.  Corky’s twin, Buzz, offers to take Corky’s place in the Otter’s game so that Corky can go see the Giants play.  Will Buzz, who has never played football, be able to learn how to play Corky’s position in time?  Will he be able to fool the Otters?

This is a book for kids who love football.  A full third of this book is devoted to a play-by-play description of the big football game.  It is exciting, even for someone who knows nearly nothing about football.  It would no doubt be very exciting for someone who enjoys this popular sport!

The text in this book is printed in a large font which makes it easier to read and there are illustrations sprinkled throughout. The illustrations are drawn in a realistic style.  They are very skillfully rendered and they do an excellent job in representing the scene described in the book; however, the haircuts and clothing styles in these illustrations are quite dated.

Matt Christopher is a prolific writer of chapter books about sports of all kinds including books about football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, etc.  These books are very popular with children who enjoy sports.

Genre: Sports  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

Christopher, M. (1990). The Counterfeit Tackle. Boston, MA : Little, Brown and Company.

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