Monday, December 16, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Athlete vs. Mathlete

Today I would like to share a book that is great for boys - case in point, one son has read it and the other is almost done.  I think my husband is a little jealous that we are all reading the same book! 

by: W.C. Mack
Bloomsbury Children's Books 2013

From Goodreads:
Owen Evans lights up the scoreboards. His brother, Russell, rocks the school boards. These twin brothers couldn't be more different. They've long kept the peace by going their separate ways, but all that is about to change. The new basketball coach recruits Russell for the seventh grade team and a jealous Owen has to fight to stay in the game. When someone tries to steal Russell's spot as captain of the mathlete team, will the two be able to put aside their differences in order to save his position? Or will they be sidelined?

Not only is this a great book for boys, but it is also good for those who struggle with their identity and who people think they are - whether it be sporty, smart, quiet, popular, etc. The secondary characters and their attitudes seem pretty genuine to the real world and help maintain the sense of realness in the story. This book is also fairly easy to read which makes it good for a wide age range and reluctant readers.

I just found out that this is actually the first book in a series about the Evans twins. The second book is already out and a third is set to be released next spring.  My boys plan on looking for these soon!

I hope you all have a great week and are enjoying this Christmas season. Be sure to take time for family and friends!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book as a judge for the Cybils awards. All opinions are strictly my own.