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He's destined for the NFL. Kadeem Jones is a star quarterback for Southside High. He is thrilled when college scouts seek him out. His visit to Teller College is amazing. College cheerleaders pay...
He's destined for the NFL. Kadeem Jones is a star quarterback for Southside High. He is thrilled when college scouts seek him out. His visit to Teller College is amazing. College cheerleaders pay...
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  • He's destined for the NFL.

    Kadeem Jones is a star quarterback for Southside High. He is thrilled when college scouts seek him out. His visit to Teller College is amazing. College cheerleaders pay attention to him. The recruiter even gives him money to have a good time. But then NCAA officials accuse Teller's staff of illegally recruiting top talent. Will Kadeem decide to help their investigation, even though it means the end of the good times? What will it do to his chances of playing college football?

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  • School Library Journal

    April 1, 2011

    Gr 7 Up-Similar to the "Bluford" series (Townsend), these high-interest contemporary urban fiction books focus on teenagers trying to navigate adolescence in the midst of difficult situations. After Benito's father is deployed to Iraq, the teen does his best to be the man of the house. When Xavier returns, the family is overjoyed, but soon realize that being a soldier has changed him from the cheerful soccer-playing dad they knew into someone who is fearful, tense, and angry. With the strength of their family bond, they struggle to help him and to regain the closeness and stability they once enjoyed. In Plan B, Lucy's life is perfect; she has a caring mother, great friends, and, best of all, a boyfriend whom she loves. However, after Lucy and Luke make a careless decision, their lives change forever, and she needs to find the right answer for them. In Recruited, Kadeem is ecstatic when scouts shower him with gifts, dinners, and parties and he realizes that his dream of playing college football may be coming true. His happiness quickly turns to dread, though, as he learns that the incentives offered to him are violations of recruitment policy. Given the chance to help stop the unethical behavior, he has to make a heartfelt decision. These well-written stories reinforce the importance of family, friends, values, and thoughtful decision-making. Characters that readers will identify with and care about are combined with realistic plots that reflect society today. Excellent purchases, these books will attract and engage reluctant readers.-Margaret Auguste, Franklin Middle School, Somerset, NJ

    Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • The Horn Book

    July 1, 2011
    Kadeem Jones is headed for the NFL--after he snags a college scholarship. While being scouted, he relishes the meals and accolades showered on him at Teller College. Then at practice a stranger confronts Kadeem, claiming the recruiting coach is violating NCAA rules. Though its resolution is too neat by far, the novel offers insight into the complexities of college athletics.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

  • Library Media Connection

    "Students at Southside High are dealing with real-life dilemmas, such as pregnancy, military deployment, and football recruitment. Readers are given examples showing that each choice has consequences. This series highlights middle class high school students dealing with issues that hit home today. Different authors tackle different issues, but each novel is similar in style. A likable character is introduced who seems to live an ordinary life. The character then struggles with options. Finally they make the right decisions and leave the reader thinking about each situation. The series is written at a lower level for older students. The topics are interesting and relevant, and present characters readers can empathize with. With each novel being around 100 pages, students who struggle with reading or finding interesting material to read should pick one up. Recommended." —Library Media Connection

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