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 Backfield boys
 Author: Feinstein, John

 Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux (2017)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 353 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 328148 ISBN: 9780374305925
 Ages: 12-16 Grades: 7-11

 Football -- Fiction
 Racism -- Fiction
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Coaches (Athletics) -- Fiction
 High schools -- Fiction
 School stories

Price: $21.46

When best friends Tom and Jason leave New York City for an elite, sports-focused boarding school in Virginia to play football, they find some coaches and teammates to be steeped in racism.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG+
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 13.0   Quiz: 191609
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 5.50
   Points: 19.0   Quiz: 71758

   Booklist (09/01/17)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/01/2017 This thought-provoking look at race, high-profile sports, and private schools stars Jason and Tom, best friends and football teammates since they were young. After thriving at a football recruitment camp, both are excited to attend an expensive private school to enhance their sports abilities. When they find out their football coach assigned their positions based on racist views, instead of quitting, the boys decide to figure out how to change the system. Unfortunately, the private school they chose isn’t only steeped in institutionalized racism in its sports practices—it also has religious bullying, segregation, and a no-interracial-dancing policy. Feinstein does a thorough job of pursuing journalistic avenues teens might have at their disposal to create social outrage. At some points of the story, the boys’ behavior seems too idealistic, as they show a range of emotional maturity and fortitude in the face of racism, with no psychologically traumatic impact. Still, an intriguing look at racism in contemporary sports and the power private schools have in shaping sports and upholding racist traditions. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

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