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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 176
Themes: football, racism, teammates, gangs, low-income neighborhoods, at-risk youth, fundraising, game development, high school, bullying, discrimination, sport
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 30/Aug/2016
Fry Reading Level: 2.9
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After budget cuts force the Southside Saints football team to disband, Jamal and his friends have to settle for playing pickup on the hardscrabble field behind their high school. Then the president of a sporting-goods company offers to donate $20,000 worth of equipment to the team. There's only one catch: he wants to be the coach. Thrilled to have a real team together, the players turn a blind eye to Coach Fort's racism, bullying and discrimination. Until he takes it too far. Now it’s up to Jamal and his teammates to take back their team and show what they’re made of.

CM Magazine
"Howling tackles the sensitive topic of racism head on and leaves readers enlightened and informed...a good read. Highly recommended."
Booklist
"An empowering read for reluctant-reader football fans who want to see athletes rise to the occasion."
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"This book works well to highlight the perniciousness of prejudice backed by money. It also works well to illustrate the ingenuity of those whose intelligence is not measured by conventional means."

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CCBC Best Books  | 2017 | Commended