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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,123 ratings  ·  323 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, 272 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Balzer + Bray (first published February 29th 2000)
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kim
Sep 05, 2011 kim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Mark A
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 greet...more
Ardea Smith
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...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 spe...more
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...more
Hunter M
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. Thei...more
Ethan S
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...more
The Loft
"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 tell...more
Richie Partington
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...more
Claire
Jun 06, 2009 Claire rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Chris Murray

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,...more
Reading Sarah
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
Susie
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 experie...more
Theresa C
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...more
Kojis
Over the summer I read Pop by Gordon Korman. I believe the author’s main message is look out for family and help them. I think this because the book is about Marcus. Marcus is the protagonist and the book is from his point of view. Marcus just moved to a new town in the middle of summer, and befriend a strange man who shares his passion for football Eventually Marcus finds out that he is actually Charlie Popovich a famous football player, and that his son Troy doesn’t want him to steal the spotl...more
David S
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 day...more
Dawn Lindey
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 p...more
Nathan Hahn
This book is absolutely fantastic. It kind of reminds me of my self in a way. Mr.Korman really went above and beyond with this book.
(view spoiler)clearly all and all Mr.Korman went above and beyond.
Jamie
Feb 03, 2010 Jamie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Kevin
Pop by Gordon Korman is a realistic fiction about Marcus Jordan. The book starts with Marcus moving to a new town. There Marcus meets a middle-aged man named Charlie, who is exceptional at football. Charlie spends a lot of his time playing football with Marcus, which helps Marcus develop his skills as a football player. Also as time go by Marcus begins to learn a lot about Charlie, good and bad.

When it comes to Pop there are a lot of things I like about it. One of the things I like about this...more
Jennifer
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
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!
Andrew Shelton
My Review of POP!
This book about Marcus, and he moves to a new school during the summer. He also doesn’t know anybody there. While practicing for football tryouts he meets an older man who is amazing at football. Who is a prankster and an amazing football player. Probably the best one he’s ever seen. Which comes to no surprise when he finds out he’s the “king of pop”.
I think that the author, Korman Gordon is trying to show the hardships of Alzheimer’s disease while at the same time showing how...more
Connor Pazdzior
This was my second book of the quarter, and I was recommended this book by my friend, and he said it was a great book, so I decided to read it. After reading it, I was glad that I read it because I thought it was a great book, because it was suspenseful, it was about sports, and it had a great ending.
Adam M
This book is my favorite book that I have read. I usually do not like reading a lot but this book made me want to find out what happens next. If I had the time I would definitely read this book over. I would recommend this realistic fiction book to a teenage reader. The main character in this book is a boy named Marcus. Marcus is a strong willed and noble character who always puts others interests before his own. When he moves to a new town during summer he makes a new and unexpected friend at t...more
Morgan Nelson
i have seen a lot of people reading this, so i decided i want to read it as well. it looks like a interesting book to read.
Diane
I read this my grandson and really loved it. I hope j.v. poore reads this one.
Lucas Western
Pop Rock(s)
Pop was written by Gordon Korman. The main characters include Charlie Popovich, Troy Popovich, Marcus Jordan, and "Mac". The genre is sports fiction. The is theme is to entertain. What would you do if you met a strange man in the park that's really good at football?
Marcus Jordan was a new normal kid, in a strange town. From his old life, in his old town, he was the star-player-record-setter quarterback all players want to be. He hears that the high school he's entering in, as a juni...more
Emily Hunholz
“Pop” is a pretty good football story, but I had my problems with the book. First, the main character, Marcus, takes way too long to figure out what is going on with his eccentric old friend, Charlie Popovich. It’s painfully obvious to the reader that something is up, but Marcus is completely clueless. While the slow-to-catch-on protagonist sometimes works for plot convenience, this was just overkill. Another thing that bothered me was that I didn’t agree with Marcus’s choices. A theme of the bo...more
H
A solid effort from Korman, suitable for 7th grade and up, the book tells the story of Marcus, a new boy in town who wants to play on the Varsity football team. Marcus wins a spot, but is widely resented by a squad that feels that it is complete without him. Marcus meets an older man in the park one day who starts training with him, showing Marcus the secret of the "pop," the moment of giving - or receiving - a bone-jarring tackle. Marcus becomes almost addicted to the "pop" before realizing tha...more
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