Backfield Boys

Backfield Boys

Book - 2017
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When best friends Tom and Jason leave New York City for an elite, sports-focused boarding school in Virginia to play football, they find some coaches and teammates to be steeped in racism.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780374305925
Characteristics: xi, 353 pages ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Back field boys


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This book, Backfield Boys by John Feinstein is a great book for Football lovers and people that like books about controversy and action. Overall, I liked the book as it wasn't boring at all and there was always something happening and it was also very humorous. This book was about 2 New York boys named Tom and Jason and it’s about how when they go to a Sports Prep-School, they realize that they’re positions on the football team are mixed up. Soon they realize, Coach Johnson could be a racist as he didn’t want an African-American Quarterback and wanted a white Quarterback. Also the dorm room assignments, no one is with another mixed race, they are all with the same race (white and white, black and black). They go to some local news reporters and tell them this story and ask them about the coach and the founder of the prep school if they were racists. This goes on for a while, and by talking to the reporters, the boys and their friends get in trouble and his affects them on the football field as they get no playing time. They do consider leaving the school, but they decide to figure out this problem out first with all the coaches. At the end of the book, the coach and the founder of the prep school get exposed for being racists towards black people and the coach is fired right away. Some things I liked about the book is that there is a lot of humour in the book and the book isn’t boring at all. Some characteristics in this book is humour, courage, tough, and honesty. I think a reader that is about 13-17 years old would like this book as they would understand the conflict that is happening in this book. I would give this book a 5 out of 5 as it’s funny and good to read and also it shows some important things that are still happening to this day in the real world.
(Reviewed for the Cloverdale Teen Book Review Project by Somu C.)

By Somu Chettiar

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