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Fighting Spirit: On the Field with Jim Thorpe
Fighting Spirit: On the Field with Jim Thorpe
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Fighting Spirit: On the Field with Jim Thorpe

In 1920, Howard Tucker is one of the smartest kids at Haskell Indian Boarding School. Unfortunately, this scrawny 15-year-old would rather hang with the jocks than the dweebs. To get a place on the football team, Howard trades some math lessons for football training from another student. And with some advice from Jim Thorpe, he might just get a chance to play in the big game.

 
DeweyFic
GenreHistorical Fiction
  
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Interest LevelGrades 3-6
GRLN
ATOS Level3.6
AR Points1
AR Quiz #131071
Early Intervention Level30
  
  
ISBN978-1-4342-5012-4
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandGraphic Flash
Copyright2010
  
Page Count56
LanguagesEnglish
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price
$39.99
 


 
 

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MultiCultural Review - Kathryn Mora

"Each of the stories begins with an illustrated showcase of the characters, and the illustrations contribute greatly to understanding the life of each real-life character. Reluctant readers are drawn into the story by fictional characters who come into contact with the historical ‘great.’ Designed for the interest level of grades 3-8 and reading grades 2-3, this new series offers a unique and compelling approach to a biography. Fighting Spirit: On the Field with Jim Thorpe takes place in 1920. The fictional main character, Howard Tucker, is a smart young man who hangs out with the jocks rather than the brainy guys. Ultimately, he gets advice from the football great Jim Thorpe about how to play in the big game. Muhammad Ali is showcased in another fast-paced novel about a sickly teen who only stands 4’7”. When he gets an opportunity to spar with the great boxer, his life changes forever. Hurricane Katrina is featured in Storm of the Century. Teenager, Ricky Thompson and his family are forced to leave New Orleans and are barraged with unbelievable roadblocks. Ricky documents everything with his new digital camera and ultimately helps save lives. In Hope! A Story of Change in Obama’s America, a graffiti-spraying teen in Washington, D.C., who is sentenced to community service on Martin Luther King Jr., Day, follows other community service workers to the inauguration the next day and realizes he has the power to change lives. Jackie Robinson, the baseball great in Dodger Dreams: The Courage of Jackie Robinson inspires a young man to understand that baseball is more than just a game. Included in each volume is a timeline of the featured real-life character, a glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts." - MultiCultural Review

December 1, 2010

J. Gunderson

J. Gunderson

Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota and a master's degree in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She likes rainy days and thunderstorms. She also likes exploring haunted houses and playing Mad Libs. She teaches English in Madison, Wisconsin, where she lives with her cat, Yossarian.

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