June 11, 2010

Friday's for the Guys - Crackback by John Coy

Every Friday I highlight books and authors that are ones boys might really enjoy. I'm not saying girls wouldn't read these books, but they are clearly "guy" books.

This week I'm highlighting:

Crackback by John Coy

I haven't read this book, but I have a ton of boys who have.  When my students did their sidewalk chalk recommendations several picked this book.  And for their book promotion projects a couple different boys did a book trailer for it.  Any book that hooks boys this much has my attention.  The main reason they tell me they like it because it deals with a football player that has to decide if he's going to do steroids like others on his football team or whether he's going to turn them in.  It may not be a decision all boys will have to face, but it is something they hear a lot about whether in connection to pro, college or Olypmic athletes.  The book gives them tools to make the right decision if they should ever find themselves there.

A few years back they author visited our school.  The boys were super interested to hear what he had to say.  I appriciate any author that can get the boys to sit up and take notice. 

If you don't know the story, here's the summary from Goodreads
When Miles Manning, a successful high school football player, discovers his teammates are using steroids--and one of them is his best friend--he's faced with a tough decision: Is he willing to do what it takes to win? Football is his life, and his family, especially his dad, is pinning its hopes on him. It's a lot of pressure for a high school junior to bear. This gripping look into the world of high school boys and athletes--and their struggle to be the best--is provocative and searingly honest.


  1. It does sounds like a really interesting book for young boys to read. And if the description doesn't sounds great, there's always the cover! GREAT>

  2. sounds good> I just read Boost, which has a female protagonist that gets blamed for using steroids and it was pretty good at least the MASL did as it was nominated for the Twain Award for 2011. Love this feature.