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Katherine Tegen Books

Cracking the Bell

Cracking the Bell

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Friday Night Lights meets Concussion in this powerful and important novel by Geoff Herbach, author of the Stupid Fast series, exploring the dangerous concussion crisis in football through the eyes of a high school team captain.

Isaiah loves football. In fact, football saved Isaiah's life, giving him structure and discipline after his sister's death tore his family apart. But when Isaiah gets knocked out cold on the field, he learns there's a lot more to lose than football.

While recovering from a concussion, Isaiah wonders what his life would look like without the game. All his friends are on the team, and Isaiah knows they can't win without him. The scholarship offer from Cornell is only on the table if he keeps playing.

And without football, what would keep his family together? What would prevent him from sliding back into the habits that nearly destroyed him?

Isaiah must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice for the sport that gave him everything, even if playing football threatens to take away his future.

Author: Geoff Herbach
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: 09/10/2019
Pages: 256
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.40w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9780062453143
Age Range: 13-UP

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.1
Point Value: 7
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 507799 / Cracking the Bell

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2019
Booklist 09/01/2019 pg. 94
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