Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Breakfast Club Week: The Jock

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of this classic teen movie, each day we'll recommend books for one of the members of that fateful Saturday morning detention....

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Today, we get picks for wrestler, Andrew Clark:

Andrew is feeling the pressure of being a star athlete, so he would definitely know how the lead character in this book is feeling:
Foul Trouble by John Feinstein (see our full review here) 
Terrell Jamerson is the number one high school basketball recruit in the country. His team is heading to the state finals, college coaches are clamoring in droves to sign him, reporters are trying to get to him, sneaker guys, sleazy "friends," agents--it seems everyone wants a piece of the action. Terrell is a pretty level-headed guy and his best  friend and point guard, Danny Wilcox, helps keep him that way.  So does his coach, who happens to be Danny's dad.  But the temptations are mounting daily.  These are seriously tough choices for a 17-year-old, even a straight up guy like Terrell.

He's part of the most popular crowd at his school, but Andrew bonds with the crew of misfits at detention. If he wanted to do the same thing with his wrestling team, he could look to T.J. for pointers:
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher (see more posts here)
T.J. isn't into school sports, although he plays basketball and swims really well. It's a shame too, considering his school places athletics above everything else, and he could probably get away with anything if he'd just "become a team player" "stop wasting his potential" and "think about someone other than himself." When his favorite teacher, approaches T.J. about starting the school's first swim team, T.J. is struck by the pure potential to majorly tick off the administration and the current letter-jacket wearing high school royalty.

Andrew's dad will stop at nothing to make sure he's the BEST football player around. If there's anyone who can relate, it's the main character of this book:
Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
All Mick Johnson has ever wanted to do is make his former NFL player dad proud. Now that he's playing high school football that seems easier to do. But, when he's tackled in a key game he decides his own talent isn't enough to get him where he needs to go. A little boost from a not-so-natural supplement will help put him over the edge, but at what cost?


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