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Tough to Tackle

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No one trusts a quitter... More than anything Boots Raymond wants to be a quarterback for the Apollos. But because of his size, the coach assigns him to a tackle position-and there's no arguing with the coach. Boots rebels and almost quits the team. It seems that nothing can change his mind, but his brother Tom intercepts and teaches Boots something valuable he learned fro ...more
Paperback, 139 pages
Published September 30th 1987 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published August 1st 1971)
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Trevor Flease
May 22, 2015 Trevor Flease rated it really liked it
Tough to Tackle was a good book in my opinion. Boots Raymond has always had a dream about playing quarterback for the Apollos. The only problem is Boots is a bigger kid than the coach wants to put at QB. When he goes and tries out for the team. The coach he really wants to play QB, the coach told him that he is too big. He also crushed his dreams of ever getting to play QB. Boots then thought about not even playing football at all. Boots then went to practice the next day and was put at tackle. ...more
Jalil Lewis
Jun 02, 2015 Jalil Lewis rated it really liked it
I like the story because its about fooball and I like football and I like he has real problems because he belives he can be the best qb there is in the whole league but the coaches think that he just way to big to play a skilled pstionn like that.I dont like the book because its kinda predictable because of course they let him have a try at qb and he loved the chance and the coaches loved him when he was playing the postion and barely anyone in the league could tackle him and no one on the whole ...more
May 25, 2014 Saisamoud rated it it was amazing
This is about american football and about Boots Raymond, he want to play quarterback than very thing. but of his side coach tell him play tackle, he can't not play a quarterback when he know that it make him feel very sad, at first he almost quit from the team but he has older brother that support him and tell him not to quit and make him continue to play. First time he play very bad and his team have to lose because he play not good that he can and he has saw american football super star that p ...more
Nov 10, 2010 Josh rated it it was amazing
Boots Raymond is a boy that want to play quarterback for his team, there's just one problem, the coach says he's too heavy to play that position. The coach assigns him to right tackle. His brother, Tom, is actually the one that encourages him to play football because he wants to quit ironically. His brother explains that it's good to play the line because you help the quarterback make the plays. As a young boy growing up I loved to play tackle football and became a varsity player and captain in ...more
Samantha Dundas
May 10, 2012 Samantha Dundas rated it it was amazing
The average age range for Tough to Tackle is secondary.

This book is about a young boy named Boots who wants to play football as a quarterback but he is too heavy and is better for a lineman. He talked to his brother Tom who was away, about quitting football but Tom told him not to so he stayed with it. The book talks through what happens during the game and the different plays and if the team wins or not. Also the whole family awaits the letter from Tom towards the end and can't wait for an answ
Ben Brulz
Sep 16, 2015 Ben Brulz rated it really liked it
I like that it was about football.
May 21, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
I read this with my son. We talked a lot about Boots and his attitude toward having to play tackle instead of the position he wanted (quarterback). We talked about that being a life lesson for us all.
Being a team player is extremely important in life.
We very much enjoyed reading this together. I'm definitely going to pull out some of my other Matt Christopher books to read with him.

Bailey H
Oct 21, 2011 Bailey H rated it really liked it
i gave this book 4 stars because boots raymond wants to try out for quaterback, and the coach said theres a weight limit and he thinks that is a stupid rule. So the coach puts him at right tackle and he doesnt like that position very much and wants to quit but his brother tom encourages him to keep playing.Later in the story he gets better and likes to play right tackle.
Mar 18, 2012 Seth rated it liked it
This is another book from my childhood remembered. The writing is prosaic because of the age demographic the book is aimed for, but the characters and story are great. Another grade school classic.
Feb 24, 2010 Jason rated it it was ok
I read this way back in the day (4th or 5th grade maybe?)when I started playing flag football. Barely remember it, but I do remember that relating to the main character.
Jul 11, 2013 Charlene rated it liked it
Shelves: joshua, sports
Read this with Josh in preparation for his first season of football. It was enlightening and a really good read for Josh.
Dec 20, 2011 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
cute. this is a good coming of age book. it also teaches the importance of team and working together.
Jul 10, 2010 Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
its a good book because I was pretty small as a kid but I played football so I can relate
Sep 29, 2011 Russell rated it really liked it
good but not that great
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