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Quarterback Scramble
Quarterback Scramble
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Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novel

Quarterback Scramble

As the backup quarterback for the Hawks, Ben Paulson is happy to ride the bench and hang out with his teammates on the sidelines. But everything changes when the Hawks' star quarterback, Wes Blake, gets suspended for pulling poor grades in math. With Ben at the helm, the offense starts to stall, and his teammates place the blame squarely on his shoulders. Soon after, a possible solution to Ben's passing problems reveals itself -- but he's not so sure it's the right answer.

GenreSports Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Interest LevelGrades 3-8
Lexile LevelGN540L
ATOS Level2.9
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #141377
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandSports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novel
Page Dimensions5 1/4" x 7 1/2"
Page Count56
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $27.32 School/Library Price



Booklist - Kat Kan

"Wes Blake and Ben Paulson play on their middle-school football team, the Hawks. Wes is the star quarterback, and Ben is the backup, who usually sits on the bench. When Wes fails his algebra exam, the teacher has him suspended from the team until he improves his grade, which means Ben, who gets good grades but lacks athletic confidence, must play. After the team suffers a humiliating loss, Wes decides that Ben should help him study algebra, and he can help Ben practice football. Even when Wes does well enough to play again, the next big game, against a very tough team, will need both boys. This graphic novel, part of the Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels series, provides football action in a story that promotes cooperation on and off the field without being too preachy. Sandoval’s quirky but dynamic art shows manga influences. The book includes a glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts. Readers should also pay attention to the little ticker-tape commentary at the bottom of the pages." - Booklist

May 15, 2011

School Library Journal - Travis Jonker

"Standard sports clichés play out in both titles. In Hoop Rat, Griffin Henshaw, 14, joins the Spartans but doesn’t receive a warm welcome–he’s the former captain of the archrival Goliaths, and his new teammates wonder where his true allegiance lies. In Scramble, reluctant backup QB Ben Paulson, 14, must step into the big shoes of suspended golden boy Wes Blake. Both books build tension, leading to high-pressure games at their climaxes. Brisk pacing should keep readers interested, but the stories have fairly abrupt conclusions. Themes of self-confidence, loyalty, and friendship come across loud and clear. Characters are flat, with a minimum of development. Design plays a key role, as each book opens with an ESPN-style “special report” featuring main character bios and a “ticker” at the bottom of the page. The stylized, vaguely anime-inspired art employs bright colors and dramatic shifts in perspective to keep the excitement high. While both titles have generic plots, sports-loving reluctant readers will likely be sucked in." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2011

Brandon Terrell

Brandon Terrell

Brandon Terrell was the author of numerous children’s books, including six volumes in the Tony Hawk’s 900 Revolution series and several Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels.

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