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The Great Receiver
Joey things of himself as the player--no gridiron is safe from him. He's the man, he's the beast, he's the greast receiver. So why is his real position that of chief water boy? High shool football will never seem the same after this funny, touching story about one teenager's life.
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Holiday House
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For his entire life, high school student Joey Eastland had always wanted to play football, but never made it on the team the first two times he tried out. He was jealous of the football players-the players he considered to be the cool kids, the type of kid he always wanted to be, but couldn’t be because he was considered to be a nerd. So with dreams of being “The Great Receiver”, he settled with being the water boy/team manager. One day, when the wide receiver was suspended from school, Joey wa ...more
Aug 17, 2009 Kim rated it it was ok
Gr 5-9-Fifteen-year-old Joey has always loved playing football with his dad, but has managed to flub the tryouts for his high school team two years in a row. Relegated to water-boy status, he dreams of stardom. He gets his chance when the team's wide receiver is suspended for cheating and the coach just happens to see Joey make a stellar catch. During his first game, one magnificent catch follows another and he is on his way to leading his last-place team to the state finals. All is not rosy, ho ...more
The Great Receiver I found to be a very entertaining story. When I was reading it I actually wanted to read it and my head got into the the story. It starts off confusing because they introduce all these characters at once and don't explain them very well, then you are stuck trying to figure out who's who and what's going on during the story. Once you get past the rocky beginning though the story gets much better. This high school kid is helping out a very good football team because he has the " ...more
This book, was not the best book I have ever read, but also not the worst. It takes a while to read, and there is not really a point that you get 'hooked' until the very end. I believe that this book is good for reading when you have free time, or when you have nothing to do. My favorite character in this story was Tony because he was such a good friend to Joey(The main character and tried to help Joey so much during his transformation.In this book, I was confised as to why all of the sudden Cam ...more
I thought this book "The Great Receiver" was a very motivating story. While Joey was growing up he was not very good at the sport he loved, football. At school he was considered the "nerd" and he had always wanted to be on the varsity football team. One day when the starting wide receiver got suspended Joey got another chance to tryout, and he made the team and showed everyone how good he can be. He led his team to the state finals. This story was a very predictable, yet very motivating. He then ...more
This is an okay, enjoyable book that is unfortunately just a bit too predictable. In the vein of sports stories, the main character gets a shot at being on the varsity football team and has to deal with everything that goes along with it (I felt I was reading a version of "Teen Wolf" without the werewolves . . .). Still, the characters (even though they're rather stock) are fun to read. It would have been nice for the author to have gotten a bit more instruction on football terminology and other ...more