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Cochran, Thomas
New York : Harcourt Brace, 1997.
ISBN 0152014330

2 booktalks

Booktalk #1

All his life, Travis Cody has been preparing for this day. Raised in a small Southern town where football is a way of life, Travis now prepares for the big state championship game. This book take us inside Travis's head for one day. Through Travis you learn about his town, his friends, his family and the dreams for the future. Spend the day with Travis as he prepares for what will probably be his final football game.

Booktalk #2

Linebacker Travis Cody prepares for the final game in his football career in high school with the Oil Camp Roughnecks.  After losing once, he gets a rematch with Jerico Grooms from the Pineview Pelicans in a playoff game for the state finals.  (read p. 205-206)  "There is no in-between.  I learned that fact the hard way last spring and I chose to accept it.  Crews taught me what it takes to be one of his boys.  It takes literally everything you have.  Once you've given that and given it unselfishly, you're in.  You're a roughneck."  If you love football and want to read a good book, then you should read ROUGHNECKS by Thomas Cochran.  (Stephen E., 8th grade student, Rundlett Middle School, Concord, New Hampshire)

SUBJECTS:     Football -- Fiction
                        Louisiana -- Fiction


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