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Herbach, Geoff.
New York : Sourcebooks Fire, 2001
ISBN 1402256302
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Felton Reinstein has never had much going for him.  His father committed suicide when Felton was just a little boy.  His younger brother Andrew is a socially awkward piano prodigy.  And have I mentioned that Felton’s nickname is “Squirrel Nut”?  Now his only real friend, Gus, is going to Venezuela for the summer. Felton has agreed to take over Gus’s paper route, which he really doesn't want to do.  But suddenly, things start to look up.  Felton goes through an unexpected growth spurt, becomes “stupid fast” on the track, and turns from a hometown zero into a football team hero.  Even his paper route isn't so bad … it helps him to meet Aleah, the gorgeous girl whose family is renting Gus’s house for the summer.  But just as his life starts improving in a major way,  Felton’s mother turns weird, sealing herself away in her bedroom and leaving Felton and Andrew to fend for themselves.  Felton tries to deliver the newspapers on time, put food on the table at home, and really show his stuff at football practice, but it all just keeps getting harder.  When he realizes that his mom has a serious mental illness, he knows he needs to find help.  But where can he turn for it?  Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach is a fantastic coming-of-age novel with a football twist.  Read it! (Amy Pickett, Ridley High School, Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program Booktalks 2012-2013)
SUBJECTS:     Family problems -- Fiction.
                        Emotional problems -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Football -- Fiction.

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