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Tackling Dad

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From the author of Frankenstein Moved in on the Fourth Floor, Tackling Dad is the story of 13-year-old Cassie's struggle to make her father understand that even though she's a girl, she can still play football -- just as he did.

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Elizabeth Levy loves to tell stories that combine serious issues with humor. She has proven it with her award-winning books for young readers, including My Life As A Fifth-Grade Comedian, Keep Ms. Sugarman In The Fourth Grade, and other best-selling books in the Sam and Robert series, including Frankenstein Moved In On The Fourth Floor and Dracula Is A Pain In The Neck. She lives in New York City.

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Grade 4-7–Cassie reminisces that, On our Peewee team, I was the only starter who could also someday qualify for Miss America. The daughter of a former high school football star and the pseudo-niece of her middle school's football coach, Cassie and gal pal Molly become the only two girls on the seventh-grade football team. She had given up football when her parents got divorced and began running track instead. However, after Coach Harris, or Uncle Beef (who has an especially endearing relationship to the protagonist), convinces her to try out for the team, she is back on the gridiron. This story is driven by both the game and Cassie's family's dynamics. Levy provides some depth to this story as both the protagonist and her father develop: she finds a place within his new family and he realizes how to support and nurture his relationship with his daughter. Pair this sports novel with Maria Testa's Some Kind of Pride (Delacorte, 2001).–Jennifer Cogan, formerly at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
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