New York : HarperTempest, 2006
the fall most schools live and breathe it. Nearmont High School is
no different. Matt is a senior and co-captain of the Raider’s football
team. Matt’s feeling the pressure from his coaches and his dad. Everyone
thinks this is the year, the year they go all the way to the state championship.
They’ll do anything to get there. Many of the players are taking
steroids and pumping iron all summer long in preparation for football season.
The pressure is on.
Problems begin for the team when a new kid moves to town, a sophomore with plans to play Varsity. On Raider’s Night, the night they initiate their freshmen teammates, things go terribly wrong. The new kid gets hurt and humiliated which threatens to bring the whole team and the season down. The seniors keep quiet, but the team starts to fall apart. Matt is torn. He knows he should do something, make things right, but he doesn’t want to get involved. There’s too much to lose and too much pressure to keep football his number one priority. (Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers, 2007-2008)
Football -- Fiction.
Steroids -- Fiction.
Drug abuse -- Fiction.
Rape -- Fiction.