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3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  3,141 Ratings  ·  460 Reviews
When Marcus moves to a new town in the dead of summer, he doesn't know a soul. While practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older man. Charlie is a charismatic prankster—and the best football player Marcus has ever seen. He can't believe his good luck when he finds out that Charlie is actually Charlie Popovich, or "the King ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Balzer + Bray (first published February 29th 2000)
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Ryan Charlie was called the "king of pop" when he played football because he loved to hear the pop when he hit guys and their heads made a popping sound.…moreCharlie was called the "king of pop" when he played football because he loved to hear the pop when he hit guys and their heads made a popping sound. Not to mention his last name is Popovich, pop for short. (less)

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kim
Jan 08, 2014 kim rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle school with some caution
I read this book because I had to sign for my 12 year old to check this out of the middle school library and I could not find a review that gave me any idea why this would not be appropriate. I'm still not sure.

This is a good story, and boys will especially enjoy it. The story centers around Marcus, a high school junior who is new to town, and Charlie Popovitch, a former NFL player. Marcus was a standout quarterback at his old school, but is not received well at his new school, where the team
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Elizabeth
Mar 02, 2016 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
The title of the book refers to a collision in football or the "pop". In this book, it also refers to one of main characters named Charlie Popovich who played football in the NFL and was nicknamed the "King of Pop". He liked being a player who made the "pop" happen. At the local park, Charlie (now middle-aged) befriends a young man named Marcus who is new to town and getting in shape for football season. The two become unlikely friends until Marcus makes a shocking discovery about Charlie. This ...more
Ardea Smith
Dec 18, 2013 Ardea Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-log
Title / Author / Publication Date: Korman, Gordon. (2009). Pop [Recorded by Nick Podehl][CD]. Grand Haven, MI: Brilliance Audio.

Genre: Fiction

Format: Book on CD

Plot summary: Pop, narrated by Nick Podehl, tells the tale of a young mans encounter with a legendary football player Charlie Popovich. Marcus has just moved to a new town and his only activity during a friendless summer is going to football practices in anticipation of tryouts in fall. During his time working out alone around town Marcus
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Mark A
Oct 07, 2013 Mark A rated it it was amazing
I think that the author, Korman Gordon is trying to show the hardships of Alzheimer’s disease while at the same time showing how full a life people can live even if they have it. POP takes place in a small town called Kennesaw, Kansas. Marcus, the protagonist who has recently moved to Kennesaw is the main point of view of the story. Marcus, who has recently moved to Kennesaw, dreams of being the quarterback of the local high school football team, the Raiders. When he goes to try out he is ...more
Mary
Marcus Jordan isn't thrilled about moving from Kansas to Kennesaw, NY the summer before his junior year in high school when his parents divorce, but his mother has a good job as a photographer for the local newspaper; he got to keep the Vespa motorbike his father used to bribe Marcus to stay with him; and the high school football team in Marcus's new school had a perfect season last year (and Marcus is a pretty good quarterback). The town doesn't exactly welcome Marcus with open arms, and he ...more
Richie Partington
Oct 08, 2013 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
25 March 2009 POP by by Gordon Korman, HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, August 2009, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-06-174228-6; Libr. ISBN: 978-0-06-174230-9

It's summer vacation and Vespa-riding teenager Marcus Jordan is the new kid in town, having just moved with his mom from Kansas to Upstate New York. The previous fall, back in Olathe, Marcus had been the record-setting star quarterback on the JV squad. He's planning to try out for the varsity team at his new high school in Kennesaw, a team that completed a p
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Reading Sarah
Aug 03, 2009 Reading Sarah rated it really liked it
The football pre-season starts next Saturday. Do you want to know why I know this? It isn't because I personally LOVE the gridiron or even know why it is called "gridiron." No, it is because from August to February I live with a football junkie. I get to hear all about the draft, the fantasy league winners and losers, and our TV is taken over by pointless commentary after pointless commentary. Madden0whatever is played non-stop. As a not-particularly sporty person there are only two ways to deal ...more
Sean
Nov 16, 2014 Sean rated it really liked it
Summary: When Marcus moves to a new town in the dead of summer, he doesn't know a soul. While practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older man. Charlie is a charismatic prankster, and the best football player Marcus has ever seen. He can't believe his good luck when he finds out Charlie is actually Charlie Popovich, or "the king of pop," as he had been nicknamed during his career as an NFL linebacker. But that's not all. There is a secret about ...more
Chris
Feb 07, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, adventure, boy-book, sports

Summary: (Amazon.com)
When Marcus moves to a new town in the dead of summer, he doesn't know a soul. While practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older man. Charlie is a charismatic prankster—and the best football player Marcus has ever seen. He can't believe his good luck when he finds out that Charlie is actually Charlie Popovich, or "the King of Pop," as he had been called during his career as an NFL linebacker. ( Pop is Charlie’s nickname but,
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The Loft
Dec 02, 2009 The Loft rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-humor, ya-sports
"Pop" by Gordon Korman is the story of Marcus Jordan, a talented quarterback new to town, who, weeks before school begins, becomes fast friends with a famous 50-something retired NFL linebacker named Charlie Popovich. Nicknamed the "King of Pop" in his heyday, "Pop" being the word for his signature crushing, forceful, all-out body-blows, Charlie tackles Marcus as hard as he can, no pads, teaching the 16-year old how to take punishing hits and how to give them, too. “I love the Pop!” Charlie ...more
Gus
Oct 22, 2014 Gus rated it really liked it
This book starts with a high schooler named Marcus. Marcus is new to town and is playing football for his high school. One day Marcus goes to the park and starts throwing a football when all of a sudden he gets hit hard by a random man. The man that hit him is named Charlie. Charlie is an ex-NFL player who use to play for the Cincinnati Bengals. Charlie soon befriends Marcus and starts calling him a nickname. What Marcus does not know about the nickname is that Charlie is calling him it because ...more
Hunter M
May 11, 2014 Hunter M rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to read, I would recommend this book to everyone to be honest and it is a great book. More specifically I would recommend this book to teenage boys and football enthusiasts. I would not recommend it to girls of any age, it talks a lot about football. To girls it may sound boring because it is about football, but it is truly a great story and teaches an important life lesson. The main characters are Marcus Jordan, Charlie "King of Pop" Popovich and his son Troy Popovich. ...more
Dawn Lindey
Jun 17, 2012 Dawn Lindey rated it it was amazing
This was my first foray into the world of sport fiction and what a pleasant surprise! The story starts off with Marcus moving to a new town and trying to earn a spot on the high school football team as quarterback. While practicing in the park he meets a middle-aged man who approaches out of the blue, and begins to play football with him. The two quickly strike up a friendship though Marcus never learns much about his new friend other than his name is Charlie and that he is a talented football ...more
Ethan S
Aug 20, 2014 Ethan S rated it it was amazing
POP is an outstanding Gordon Korman creation. This was a personal favorite for me. POP was extremely entertaining, and it made me change my perspective all throughout the book.

This book is about a new kid, a new kid and his football. Marcus Jordan and his mother move to New York due to a job transfer, and at the moment all Marcus cares about is football. He really wants to try-out and make his high school football team, the Raiders. He starts to really progress his game individually, and he co
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Susie
Sep 17, 2012 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had some major problems with some of Marcus's decisions in the book (namely, why not confide in his mom) and even the Popovich family (I think there was an intermediate step they could have taken), but my overall impression is above average. I listened to the book on CD, which was good, other than some annoyances when the narrator chose to do some female voices. I just could not picture the countless hours of Charlie and Marcus tackling each other, without equipment, without either one ...more
WIll
Oct 25, 2015 WIll rated it it was amazing

The book POP is about a football player named Marcus who just moved to a new town and makes the football team. While he is practicing in the park he makes friends with a former NFL star named Charlie who practices with him. Later, Marcus finds out that his friend has Alzheimer's disease and thinks he is still in high school. Charlie likes to pull pranks on people, but Marcus takes the blame because he doesn’t want his friend to get in trouble. In the end of the book, Charlie gets into an acciden
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Theresa C
Sep 15, 2010 Theresa C rated it it was amazing
ISBN-978-0-06-174228-6 c2009

This is a fast paced drama that has a complicated plot involving family secrets and the right to privacy. The main characters are real and their actions are right on target in school, on the football field, and at home. As the story unfolds the reader learns of one boys desperate wish to earn a spot on the high school football team and another boys struggle with his role as quarterback of that team especially since his father, a former NFL star is suffering from Alzhe
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Michael2134
POP takes place in a small town called Kennesaw, Kansas. Marcus,who has recently moved to Kennesaw is the main character of the story. Marcus has recently moved to Kennesaw he has dreams of being the quarterback of the local high school football team the Raiders. Marcus Jordan isn't thrilled about moving from Kansas to Kennesaw, but before his junior year in high school his parents got a divorce and she took a photography job in Kennesaw, Kansas. Witch caused them to move.

This is a fast paced dr
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Will Ogden
Mar 04, 2015 Will Ogden rated it it was amazing


The book ,”Pop”, by Gordon Korman is an intriguing book and here is why. Marcus is new to Kennesaw, New York when he meets Charlie Popovich, an ex nfl star who suffers from alzheimer's at age 50. They practice together for the whole summer, but the conflict is that Marcus is trying out for his high school football team as a quarterback, a job that belongs to Charlie’s son,troy,a hero in the Kennesaw community, and the quarterback on the perfect season team the year before. Marcus has to fight h
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David S
Oct 14, 2013 David S rated it it was amazing
In Gordon Korman’s novel Pop, the main theme is that friendships can come in all different shapes and sizes. When the protagonist Marcus Jordan, a high school football player, meets an older man named Charlie Popovich in the park, the two spark an unlikely friendship. While at different points in their lives, the two share a common love of football. Marcus has trouble making friends at school and on the football team, but things are easy with Charlie. The two spend time together almost every ...more
Claire
Jun 06, 2009 Claire rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Football fans - interesting in Alzheimers
I like Gordon Korman's YA. Pop refers to the sensation of the impact when two players crash in football. Marcus and his mom have moved to Kennesaw after a divorce. Mom wants to photograph local rock formations- Marcus wants to quarterback the high school football team.
Knowing no one, Marcus devises solo summer practice sessions with a football and a target. While tossing the ball one day a streak flashes across the park intercepting the pass. An exhausting and challenging game follows as a man
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Alexis
Nov 16, 2015 Alexis rated it really liked it
Shelves: students
An interesting book for a boy who is in need of an engaging read. It is well written and filled with suspense and action. A young boy, Eric, meets and older man who has Alzheimer's, and the book is about their adventures and the mental decline of this man. However, I am not so sure how well some students may take the overall problem in the book. The book expresses that his disease is likely the result of playing in the NFL and how dangerous the sport and concussions are. While I think it is a a ...more
Nic Fernandez
Mar 25, 2016 Nic Fernandez rated it liked it
This is a good book. It has a lot of up's and down's. I can relate to it a lot cause when I played football there was nothing else I would want to do more then practice and play that season same thing with baseball when season came i spent a lot of time on the field or at a park like he did working on my own and hours spent working on it, and feeling like a outsider. But no matter how he felt he still worked at it. He met someone that was helping him with his workouts and practice with him. He ...more
Jamie
Feb 03, 2010 Jamie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jamie by: Capitol Choices
A great sports book for guys - fast paced dialogue, good sports action nearly totally free of stupid sports chiches, and an interesting plot.

Some of the plot you might think "Really? Is Marcus the ONLY one that can see what's going on with Charlie?" but then you realize how people interpret/hide what they see in front of their eyes and you realize: there is a seed of truthiness in this.

Gordon Korman is consistently highly recommeded for guys, and I hope he never gets to be the victim of "teache
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Jasmine
Jan 26, 2016 Jasmine rated it really liked it
I read the book Pop by Gordon Korman. I really enjoyed this book a lot. I liked this book because its mainly all about sports, and i love sports.The main setting of this book is at Marcus's high school football field. The main characters in this book are Marcus and Charlie.The main conflict in this book is Marcus trying to fit in because the football team does not want to except an outsider like Marcus. I would definitely recommend this book to people such as my class mates that are interested ...more
Jesse
Dec 04, 2014 Jesse rated it really liked it
Pop written by Gordon Korman is one of the best books I have ever read. If you like reading sport books then this would probably be the best book for you. What I liked most about Pop was that not only did it include sports but it also threw in some mystery, which kept you wondering what would happen next. But if I had to change one thing it would probably be the ending of the book. Overall no matter the outcome of the book I enjoyed reading Pop, and would recommend everyone to read Pop.
Jennifer
Oct 27, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
GORDON KORMAN, YOU HAVE SOME EXPLAINING TO DO, MISTER! LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT ENDING!

So while I'm reading this book, the whole time I'm thinking, "You know, Gordon Korman really writes a nice book for tweens and teens. Great plot, good character development, relevant subjects without any 'hard stuff.'" Well. Mr. Korman, I see your packs-a-punch ending, and I raise my glass in salute. You got me, buddy. I'll be ready for you the next time.
A. Somers
Aug 26, 2013 A. Somers rated it liked it
Shelves: student-books
I was initially reluctant to read this book. I am not a fan of sports fiction and I particularly do not like footbal; but his story was able to go beyond being a simple sports story. It's a school story, a family story, a coming of age story, dealing with illness story, and an overcoming adversity story. It can be used as a springboard for a lot of great discussions. I'm glad I decided to read it after all!
Kelly
Nov 22, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
Solid 3.5.

Funny sports story with a silly older character. The silliness helps make the real issue -- Alzheimer's disease -- easy to approach and understand. This is a book that will appeal to both genders, and the football scenes are just enough to keep the momentum going, without dwelling too much.
Allison
Jul 27, 2015 Allison rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
Hmmm...I do believe I will be able to hand this to the right football-loving student--one who needs predictability and simplicity in characters. But it didn't grab me.
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Korman wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall", when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game", wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

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