Matt Christopher Fighting Tackle

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Fighting Tackle

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After a growth spurt slows him down, Terry McFee finds himself assigned a new position on the football team, yearns for the return of his old swiftness, and copes with his envy over the speed of his little brother, a Down's syndrome child training as a Special Olympics sprinter.

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Gr. 4-7. Christopher's sports stories have a dedicated following among middle-school readers who enjoy the author's easy-to-read texts and his relaxed melding of sports and serious issues. This book doesn't deviate from that comfortable pattern. Terry McFee is shocked when his coach moves him from his usual position at safety to that of nose tackle. He prides himself on his quickness, agility, and past performance and fears he will not be as valuable in an unfamiliar position. It's difficult for him to accept his coach's explanation that his recent growth spurt has affected his speed, even when he discovers that it is true. Equally unsettling is his recognition that his younger brother Nicky, who has Down syndrome, is developing into a talented runner who can regularly outdistance him. Jealousy then threatens the brothers' once close relationship. Christopher provides only a brief explanation of Down syndrome, but his portrayal of Nicky is realistic, and because Terry's age is never given, readers older than the target age-group may enjoy the story. Chris Sherman

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Grade 4-6?This is one of Christopher's better sports-theme books. The differences between it and the others are the main character's loving interaction with his younger brother, who has Down's syndrome, and the surprise plot turn in the last chapter. Terry, a football player, encourages his little brother to practice running for the Special Olympics, but he feels uncomfortable when Nicky reciprocates by continuously cheering him on when he's on the football field. Terry's embarrassment is compounded by his disappointment at being switched from safety to nose tackle. He has trouble accepting that his body is growing and changing?he's not as fast as he once was, but now he's stronger and bigger. With hard work, he finally succeeds in his new position. The tension between the siblings culminates when their father is injured in an accident, and both boys must work together to help him. The conclusion is satisfying.?Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
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