Author: Fred Bowen
Hardcover: 144 pages (also available in paperback and e-books)
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (August 1, 2014)
Jesse’s freshman football team is in big trouble. The Panthers don’t have anybody who can pass the ball! Jesse is not big and strong like his brother Jay, who was the star quarterback on Panthers varsity last year. Jesse is short and he definitely can’t throw the ball like his brother. Nobody on his team can. Maybe it’s time for a brand new plan. Something even a little crazy…like Jesse playing quarterback. At least he’s fast and knows all the plays. What have the Panthers got to lose?
Let me start out by saying for 30 years men have been trying to teach me about football and for 30 years my brain has been refusing to absorb it. So football fan? No. Fred Bowen fan? Yes!
Just about every kid has a sport they like to play, watch or both. And just about the time so many kids get serious about spending hours throwing free throws they also get serious about avoiding reading. If you ask me, if all Fred Bowen’s books are like Double Reverse they could lure your sports enthusiasts back to the library. Jesse is not the star player on his team and neither are his friends. They are kids who like football and wish they were the stars but instead they’re just average kids. Bowen will draw your young readers in with a sports story full of details (many of which I had to consult my husband to get the meaning — but I’m sure your average 10 year old will know what they’re talking about). But as they read for the sports drama they’ll get a little subtle lesson. In Double Reverse it’s that you can’t judge a book (or a football player) by its cover.
Fred Bowen isn’t a one sport author. In all he’s written 20 books similar to Double Reverse about football, basketball, baseball and soccer as well as one non-fiction picture book about Ted Williams.