Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Rivalry by John Feinstein

The Army-Navy Game is always full of fighting spirit, pride, and high achievements, but this time there are other factors involved.  The president is coming to the game...

Subtitle of this book is:  Mystery at the Army-Navy Game.  Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers sent me a copy of this hardcover for review (thank you).  It's currently in the market and is for ages 10 and up.

This is definitely a good book for boys.  You need a good knowledge of football regulations to follow the game talk in the book.  While the story is fiction, it reads almost like fact and will keep a young man's interest.

Susan Carol and Stevie are teenage reporters who have been invited to help cover the game.  They get introduced to the secret service guards and learn that they are checking out all the players, all the employees, and everybody that has any connection to the stadium they are playing in to ensure the president's safety.

In the meantime, Susan Carol and Stevie are having a run in with the umpires because a Susan Carol wrote an article stating that the umpires made some miscalls in the last game she reported on. 

The day of the game finally arrives.  And then the action really begins!

The main characters remind me a bit of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.  They just find what clues they can and try to make sense out of them.  The story moves along at a good pace and is believable.  I'd recommend this for boys who love football.  They'll "eat it" up.  You can buy a copy now at your local bookstore.

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