Pop by Gordon Korman

Genre:  Sports Fiction

# of Pages:  260 p.

RAC:  Yes

Marcus is new in town and cannot wait for football tryouts in the fall.  Over the summer he conditions himself in the park everyday.  One day a middle aged man comes and tackles him.  It is the strongest tackle he has ever had, but he finds himself looking forward to these workout sessions.  His new friend, Charlie, tends to behave erratically at times, however, and Marcus cannot figure him out.  For example, one day he throws a football into a car window and then runs away leaving Marcus to deal with the damage.  Meanwhile, Marcus is not welcomed onto the high school football team that has an undefeated record and does not have an interest in even holding tryouts.  Will his new ability to take and give tackles give him an edge?  Will he ever learn why Charlie acts so peculiar?

Teenage boys will enjoy this book because it is current and timely, but still incorporates nostalgic football memories that they will be able to relate to.  Charlie’s situation is handled well and will help students understand more about the condition.  It’s a very relatable story about a high school football player that I predict will fly off the shelves.  Highly recommended for fans of sports fiction.

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3 Responses to “Pop by Gordon Korman”


  1. 1 hi June 2, 2011 at 4:30 am

    very good book

  2. 2 anisha November 8, 2011 at 3:19 am

    this is a really good book. i recommend that everybody in grades 6 and up should really get to read it.
    I hope you all liked it a lot if you read it.

  3. 3 James January 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I thought this book was great. I would recommend it to everyone especially those who love football. From the extremely detailed football scenes to the alzheimer related drama, this book has something in it for everyone.


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