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Coy, John.
New York : Scholastic, 2005
ISBN 0439697336
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A crackback is a football play.  Itís a block that comes from the outside and it can annihilate a player.  In this book, that pretty much describes the play on and off the field. The main character, Miles Manning, is a high school junior who is under a lot of pressure. Heís a starter on a highly successful football team that is favored to win the conference and have a chance to go to states. Everyone is pressuring Miles to be bigger, stronger and faster, including his pushy new head coach, his demanding father, and his best friend. They all expect more of Miles than he may be able to deliver. When he finds out that his best friend is willing to do anything to win, including take steroids, Miles has to decide where he stands.  Thereís a lot of football action in this story, but it also involves a family secret and a love interest.    (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2007-2008)
SUBJECTS:     Football -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
                        Coaching (Athletics) -- Fiction.
                        Steroids -- Fiction.
                        Drug abuse -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.

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