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Athlete vs. Mathlete (Athlete vs. Mathlete #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  1,157 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
Owen Evans lights up the scoreboards. His brother, Russell, rocks the school boards. These twin brothers couldn't be more different. They've long kept the peace by going their separate ways, but all that is about to change. The new basketball coach recruits Russell for the seventh grade team and a jealous Owen has to fight to stay in the game. When someone tries to steal R ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Jayce Senter
Athlete vs Mathlete review
Genre: Sports/Realistic
AR level: 3.9
Grade appropriate: 3rd and up
Overall: 3/5-- It was a fine book. It addresses sibling rivalry and treating others with respect. (Don't worry! I won't tell the kids that! They'd never read it!)
Creativity: 3/5-- Basic sibling rivalry, nerd proves himself as an athlete and his school and family dynamics change.
Characters: 5/5-- Boys were likable and realistic.
Engrossing: 5/5-- It is definitely written for kids so while t
Mariana G4
Jan 10, 2015 Mariana G4 rated it really liked it
This book is about two fraternal twins, Owen and Russel . Owen plays basketball and Russel is in Masters of the mind.(A club for the geeks) One day Owens coach sees Russ and asks him if he could try out for the team because he's tall! Well Russel doesn't play basketball! Owen and his dad start training him for tryouts. A few days later Russ is up on the court playing a basketball game with Owen! But soon Owen gets jealous of Russels good playing,jump shots,and shiny Nikes. So Owen does something ...more
Richie Partington
Jun 02, 2013 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
Richie's Picks: ATHLETE VS. MATHLETE by W.C. Mack, Bloomsbury, February 2013, 208p., ISBN: 978-1-59990-915-8


"Seventh-grade basketball started out all wrong, and it only got worse.
"'He wants us to try out?' Chris asked.
"'Unbelievable,' I muttered, staring at the sign-up sheet on our new coach's office door.
"Try out for our own team?
"Chris, the rest of the guys, and I had been playing together since Cotter Elementary. We were undefeated in sixth grade (if you didn't count our five losses,
Jan 02, 2017 Giteeka rated it it was amazing
I have read this book before and it never gets old! The book is about twins , Owen, and Russell. Owen plays basketball and Russell studies. They are polar opposites, but when Coach makes Russell try out for the basketball team, everything changes. I love how the book is in both Owen's and Russell's point of view.
Carson Scribner
Apr 03, 2017 Carson Scribner rated it it was amazing
Athlete vs Mathlete by W.C Mack is about twin brothers that are nothing alike. One twin, Owen loves to play and watch basketball while the other twin, Russell loves to rack up math awards. A new basketball coach recruits Russell to try out for the team when Russell knew he wouldn't make it. I liked this exciting book.

This book discovers the talent and struggles of Owen and Russell. I liked how Owen and Russell helped each other out with their own problems. This book also shows suspense in the
Marielle Povinelli
Jan 21, 2015 Marielle Povinelli rated it it was amazing
Athlete vs Mathlete is about two twin brothers and Owen is an athlete and Russell is the brains. Since Russell is tall the coach of the basketball team wants him to try out, when he tries out he makes the team. At the first game Russell makes amazing shot and teals Owens fame. Owen gets jealous and doesn't want to play anymore. But, Russell feels bad so try to quit the team, but Owen stops him and the next game they play together. Well for me I would give it an 8. I would say this because I like ...more
Blake S
Apr 23, 2015 Blake S rated it it was amazing
this book has 198 pages. The main character is Owen and Russel I can relate to Owen because I have played basketball before and people would never pass so when I got the ball I would just go to the hoop and shoot the ball.I gave it 5 stars because it was a interesting book about sports and math stuff and I like sports and math. It reminded me of when I played basketball because I would just go to the hoop and shoot the ball and not pass when I was little.I felt surprised about the ending because ...more
Jun 27, 2015 Liz rated it liked it
This is cute and I like the message it sends but I wanted it to be...more. I wanted more of how statistics and physics play into basketball and for the brothers to realize even more how much their interests really had in common...maybe because they're two of my own biggest interests. But it was definitely cute and would be a great read for any middle grade reader.
Joanne Palin
So glad I bought this book for my library shelves. This is a message young kids can't hear enough. Why can't a "geek" play basketball? Why can't a jock be smart? Our society pigeon-holes everyone. This is a needed theme in children's literature.
Jul 05, 2015 Angela rated it liked it
Enjoyable, but predictable. I think some of my boys will be happy after the girl heavy SSYRA's on the list.
Jun 11, 2014 Leigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for my students. It is a quick read that teaches that people can change and with change comes unexpected challenges.
Texas State Poder
Dec 06, 2016 Texas State Poder rated it it was amazing
Anabel A-To start of,when I looked at this book an saw the cover I right away said I was a mathlete. One I do NOT lie sports(well sorta like a 1.5 out of ten)and I rather be having fun in my robotics class the s-s-sports.I enjoy having classes but let me tell you I do not feel ready when it comes to P.E.
Owen and Russell are twins. Two very un-identical twins. Owen likes basketball,on the other hand Russell likes to read and be rocking at math.Their 7th grade year is bit weird....a new coach as
Holli  Ronquillo
Mar 01, 2017 Holli Ronquillo rated it liked it
Despite using some serious stereotypes of athletes and "mathletes," it's actually cute and would be a good read for an elementary school reader.
Feb 28, 2017 Brendan rated it it was amazing
THis book was a great mixture of a geek's opinion and a jock's opinion.
Melanie Dulaney
Mar 15, 2017 Melanie Dulaney rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic
Great book on so many levels-strong characters, interesting relationships (including that of twins), clear plot development. Should appeal to sporty upper elementary aged students as well as fans of realistic fiction. Texas Bluebonnet nominee.
Jadd H
Mar 02, 2017 Jadd H rated it it was amazing
Athlete vs. Mathlete is a great read for anybody who can relate to this. Personally, I believe I am a mix of both an athlete and mathlete. I play football and basketball outside of school and I enjoy watching those sports in addition with hockey and baseball. I am also a mathlete as I do telescope to 8th grade Algebra and I will be taking PAP Geometry next year. This book was a very detailed writing with many references to basketball and math/science. There are definitely extra bonuses if you kn ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Candace rated it really liked it
Athlete vs. Mathlete is an upper middle grade novel about twin brothers in 7th grade. Owen is an athlete who loves basketball and Russell is a mathlete. But when the new basketball coach convinces (er, forces) Russell to try out for basketball everyone assumes he'll just prove how clumsy and un-athletic he is. But everyone is shocked that he has a bit of a hidden talent. This makes Owen jealous as Russell has now stolen his spotlight. And Russell is having trouble balancing his different teams ( ...more
Yatin K
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Ms. Yingling
Sep 16, 2015 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Owen and his friends are really annoyed because the new basketball coach is requiring them to try out for the team even though they were on it last year. Not only that, but when the coach sees Owen's twin brother, mathlete Russell, he asks Russell to try out for the team because he's tall. Unfortunately, Russell is uncoordinated and prefers to spend his time working on a Masters of the Mind team. When the twins' father finds out that Russell might finally be interested in a sport, he gets so exc ...more
Nov 10, 2013 Pavneet rated it liked it
Shelves: pavneet
Athlete vs Mathlete was a well written book. It relatively related to the lives of two opposite brothers. One that has amazing athletic abilities and the other who has a brilliant mind but lacks skills to play sports. This book creates great visuals by describing the characteristic of the two very exquisitely. It showcases how a book worm turns into a basketball "jump shot" superstar and how another turns into a jealous boy(Since his brother is taking his spot as an athlete). Russel Evans now h ...more
Jan 06, 2015 Kayden rated it it was amazing
I finished ready Athlete Vs. Mathlete by W.C. Mack. It is a realistic fiction book with 198 pages. The two main characters are Owen and his twin brother Russ, short for Russell. Owen is an athlete who loves to play basketball, and Russ is a "nerd." Russ is in a club called The Masters of the Mind. They do competitions and have meetings. This year at school they have a new basketball coach. His name is Mr. Baxter. He was a huge muscular man. He used to coach Michel Jordan. Coach Baxter wanted the ...more
Berkeley Poder
Dec 09, 2016 Berkeley Poder rated it it was amazing
Athlete vs. Mathlete is about twins, Owen and Russell, that have some difficulties with basketball and their lifes. Owen and Russell are very different from each other, Owen likes to play basketball and Russell is in a mathlete group that he leads. Everything goes fine with them untill the new coach from their school recruits Russell to be in the basketball team because he was tall, even though Russell wasn't intrested in basketball, but the coach wanted him to go to tryouts. When he goes to the ...more
Sep 24, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Owen and Russell are two twin brothers who differ in interests as well as abilities, or so they think. Owen is the sports guy who loves basketball. The school gets a new coach and he is insisting on tryouts for everyone whether they were on the team before or not. Owen is into the Masters of the Mind team, an intellectual competition as well as being on the honor roll etc. The two enjoyed their space but turmoil and humor set in when the coach saw Russell and told him to try out for basketball d ...more
I didn't think I would like it!

But, I just kept reading and reading and reading...

First, Owen seemed selfish and self centered, then downright abominable (selfish much?), and then, redeemable. I think Russell is more of a person I can relate to, possibly because of my own "geekiness" (that in some parts of the world are considered, smarts, and coolness.)

Russell was maybe a little too much like the perfect brother; always ready to do anything for his brother. That's definitely not a bad thing, bu
Aug 10, 2015 Sally rated it it was ok
As a parent to twins boys, I have a particular dislike for the "twins are polar opposites" trope. Strangers have approached me, in real life, and have asked me things like, "Which is the smart one?" or memorably, "Which one is the evil twin?" Sure, in this book, one of the twins (kind of) tries to break out of the mold, but too little, too late for me.

Another very minor plot point is that there's an annoying character no one likes. How do you know he's annoying? He's allergic to peanuts. One of
Aug 20, 2013 Miffy rated it really liked it
Shelves: yr, school, family, humour, sport, vprc, usa
Athlete vs. Mathlete is nicely done. Twin brothers Owen and Russell are comfortable in their roles. Owen is 'the sporty one', and as he heads into middle school he's confident that his career in basketball is assured. Russell is 'the geeky one', leader of the Master of the Minds club and maths wiz, he's happy hanging out with his geeky friends.
The new coach of the basketball team, Coach Baxter, throws a spanner in the works. He wants Russell to try out for the basketball team - just because he's
I wouldn't think there would be enough here to have a series, but it sounds like it will be. Twin brothers, who narrate the story in alternating chapters, relate their differences but also by the end their cliched sameness in the story of the mathlete (Russell) versus the athlete (Owen). Russel spends his time preoccupied with grades and Master of the Minds competitions while Owen spends time with his father and basketball. Now the coach wants tryouts instead of automatically accepting Owen on t ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Hali rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, ssyra, series
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Shanthi D
Feb 02, 2015 Shanthi D rated it liked it
Athlete VS. Mathlete by W.C. Mack is a story about fraternal twins, Owen and Russell, who could not be more different. Owen, a basketball star, is almost positive he will make the team this year. Russell, a super smart geek, would never have dreamed to play on the basketball team. Russell gets told by the coach to go to tryouts because of his height, and turns out to be a pro at basketball. Although they both made the team, Owen is still jealous, which leads to him making actions that he will la ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Julie0208 rated it liked it
Athlete vs. Mathlete is a mild exploration of what can happen when you develop a skill that is seemingly at odds with the identity you have created for yourself.

For a while, the universe was seriously out of alignment as Russell, the brainy twin, developed into a basketball star. His friends became suspicious, a rival tried to usurp his leadership of the Brain Bowl team and he himself had moments of doubt about where his allegiance lay.

But the most serious consequence was the jealousy that Owe
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W. C. Mack was born in Vancouver., B.C. and now lives in Portland, Oregon. She also writes as Winnie Mack.
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