....Harold Bowling, the gritty little gridironer of the title, was an adopted boy who felt uprooted because his father's work kept the family on the move. In Codarville the boy was determined to leave his mark. Boys in the upper elementary and junior high grades should enjoy the scrapes the would-be hero encounters when he joins the Cedarville football team. A believable character, the boy makes use of one unethical but legal football manoeuvre on the field to take a game from rival team, Mifflin. He realizes that winning unfairly is not winning at all. Then, despite loss of the final game, ""Bo"" makes a major contribution to Cedarville by promoting purchase of a field for local players. This is skillful presentation of subject matter on a high level phrased in a reading vocabulary slower boys can master.