The Resource Benchwarmers, John Feinstein

Benchwarmers, John Feinstein

Label
Benchwarmers
Title
Benchwarmers
Statement of responsibility
John Feinstein
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Told in two voices, Jeff stands by his teammate, Andi, who fights to get on the sixth-grade soccer team and then must face opponents who target her for being a girl.--
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Storyline
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Character
Review
  • Grades 4-7 Jeff and Andi are super excited their sixth-grade classes now get a chance to play sports at their school. Unfortunately, Andi wants to play soccer, and there is no girls' team. The coach reluctantly allows her to try out, and despite her being one of the best players, he refuses to give her a spot on the team. Jeff finds this unfair—they could stand a chance at making it to the championships with Andi on their team—so he asks his sports-reporter father to feature her story. Viral backlash causes Coach Johnston to give Andi a spot; however, she faces discrimination from the coach, some fellow teammates, and other soccer teams, which means her victory is far from over. Feinstein's series opener doesn't offer any new ground to the ""girl fights to be on boys' sports team"" story, but he writes engaging characters and offers readers in-depth play-by-play sports action that results in a fun, fast-paced story that will appeal to readers who can't get enough sports fiction. -- Lindsey Tomsu (Reviewed 9/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 116, number 1, p95)
  • An all-boys soccer team is put to the test when a talented girl wants to join their ranks. Jeff Michaels is excited to learn that his middle school will now be offering sports teams for sixth graders in the fall: field hockey for girls and soccer for boys. When his female classmate Andrea "Andi" Carillo shows up for soccer tryouts, he's impressed by her skill on the field. Others, however, are upset and even angry that she's attempting to join the team. When Andi is unjustly excluded by a disgruntled coach, Jeff and Andi reach out to the media to pressure him into letting her on the team. Andi grapples for playing time and soon proves her strength on and off the field, but the team is still fractured by huge disagreements over Andi and even bigger egos. The team will have to learn to work together to reach their goal of winning the conference title. Feinstein includes detailed play-by-play of the middle school soccer matches that will be thrilling for soccer buffs but less exciting for the casual reader. Andi's grit and refusal to back down in the face of sexism are inspirational and reflect the real challenges facing student athletes today. It is mentioned briefly that one soccer teammate is Jewish and two are black; other characters are assumed white. Soccer fans will get a kick out of the game-day action in this straightforward series opener. (Fiction. 8-14) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2019)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10797068
Cataloging source
DLC
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Feinstein, John
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.F3343
LC item number
Ben 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Benchwarmers
Series volume
book 1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Soccer stories
  • Sex role
  • Sportsmanship
  • Middle schools
  • Schools
  • Soccer
  • Sex role
  • Sportsmanship
  • Middle schools
  • Schools
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Benchwarmers, John Feinstein
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9780374312039
Lccn
2018056247
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1064763602
  • (OCoLC)on1064763602
  • 637151
Label
Benchwarmers, John Feinstein
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9780374312039
Lccn
2018056247
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1064763602
  • (OCoLC)on1064763602
  • 637151

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