Search Results: "Matt Christopher"


BOOK REVIEW

PENALTY SHOT by Matt Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"These one-dimensional jocks employ some fairly leaden dialogue on the way to the inevitable happy ending, but not even all those exclamation points can give the book a semblance of excitement. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After a season away from hockey because of slipping grades, Jeff Connors is in trouble again and anxious to keep his place on the team. Read full book review >

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TACKLE WITHOUT A TEAM by Matt Christopher
Released: Jan. 1, 1989

After someone plants marijuana in his duffel bag, a young lineman is thrown off his team. Read full book review >

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SNOWBOARD MAVERICK by Matt Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A final contest between Dennis and the town snowboarding hotdog leads to a tie and some celebrity for both boys, in an affable but indulgent suburban fantasy. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Dennis O'Malley, 13, learns to conquer his fear in this palatable but sugar-coated sports adventure from the late Christopher. Read full book review >

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CENTERFIELD BALLHAWK by Matt Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Rudimentary dynamics in JosÇ's motherless Hispanic family add a social dimension to the sports action. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Worrying about how he can't match his father's .375 minor-league batting average, JosÇ (9) barely notices the spectacular plays he himself makes on defense for the Peach Street Mudders. Read full book review >

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SKATEBOARD TOUGH by Matt Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"Four b&w illustrations capture the main characters' personalities. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Brett Thyson finds a skateboard buried in his new yard and suddenly can perform tricks with it that he's never even seen, much less tried. Read full book review >

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FIGHTING TACKLE by Matt Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 1995

"As usual, exciting sports scenes anchor the plot. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Terry, the fastest runner on his football team, was an ideal defensive safety. Read full book review >

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SOCCER SCOOP by Matt Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Readers may have trouble keeping the cast of similar-sounding characters straight, and the mystery is solved only after some heavily contrived stratagems. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Christopher (see review, above) was treading water with this routine sports-story- cum-mystery. Read full book review >

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TOP WING by Matt Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Christopher's handling of underlying issues is uncharacteristically exaggerated; still, his soccer action is dependably fast and furious. (Fiction. 8-11)"
In his latest sports story, Christopher skates the edge of self-parody. Read full book review >

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UNDERCOVER TAILBACK by Matt Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 10-12)"
When Parker Nolan sees a spy sneak out of Coach Isaac's office, his penchant for telling wild stories comes back to haunt him: his teammates laugh him off when he tries to tell them that a copy of the Kensington Kudzus' secret playbook has fallen into their rivals' hands. Read full book review >

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BLUFFTON by Matt Phelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 23, 2013

"Thrilling—a spirited, poignant coming-of-age vignette and an intriguing window into a little-known chapter in vaudeville history. (art not seen in full color) (author's note) (Graphic historical fiction. 9-12)"
In this winsome, sparely spun graphic novel by Phelan (The Storm in the Barn, 2011), Henry Harrison gets a tantalizing taste of the outside world when a young Buster Keaton and more vacationing vaudevillians tumble into his small Michigan town. Read full book review >

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OLIVER’S GAME by Matt Tavares
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"An intimate, poignant episode for fans who revel in the game's less tangible aspects. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The author of Zachary's Ball (2000) offers another tale of baseball dreams passing from one generation to another, grafted to atmospheric pencil illustrations that recall Chris Van Allsburg's early work. Read full book review >

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HENRY AARON’S DREAM by Matt Tavares
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Very fine. (author's note, stats, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
This book opens with a stark image: Readers look through a chain-link fence at white boys playing ball, a large WHITES ONLY sign dead center. Read full book review >