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Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl (The Sports Beat #3)

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New York Times bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein tackles doping in the NFL in this exciting football mystery.

The Super Bowl. America’s biggest sports spectacle. Over 95 million fans will be watching, but teen sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol know that what they’ll be watching is a lie. They know that the entire offensive line of the California Dreams have fa
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 14th 2007 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Ethan S
First off Ms. Duncan, I have not finished this book, but to add a review I had to mark it off as "Read".
So far though this book has been outstanding, and I honestly don't know what I would've done if you didn't recommend it to me.
Stevie Thomas is a normal kid... besides the fact that he airs on a nation-wide sports network that is almost as big as ESPN, okay, this kid isn't very normal. He gets a consistent pay-check and gets to be on air with his mushy-gushy lover girl, Susan Carol, life is pr
Mary Fran Torpey
Mar 01, 2011 Mary Fran Torpey rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-school
okay--in the beginning of the book i got stuck on the almost-preposterous premise (teenaged journalists turned sports commentators on television, but hey, anderson cooper and lisa ling got started on channel one, right?). i figured i'd let it go since i haven't read the other two books in the series, which (presumably) explain how stevie and susan carol get to this point in their "careers" (hard not to use scare quotes when you're writing about fictional 14 year olds)--did i mention a great deal ...more
Whitney Johnson
Oct 16, 2014 Whitney Johnson rated it really liked it
The Cover Up is a fast pace book about, the Super Bowl. Two 14 year olds, Susan Carol and Stevie have another case, involving 5 players using the steroids HGH, but Mr.Meeker tries to stop them, can Susan Carol and Stevie fight back and finally stop him. I highly recommend this sports mystery, read this to find out
Miles Kee
Nov 13, 2015 Miles Kee rated it really liked it
In this book, one of my favorite parts was the Eddie Brennan-Darin Kerns relationship. They were former teammates in high school, and now are playing against each other in the Super Bowl. This was good for Stevie, as Eddie used his friendship with Darin to bail him out of a tough situation. In all, this was a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes sports or news writing.
Viola Sung
Mar 02, 2015 Viola Sung rated it really liked it
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Nick Attah
Oct 12, 2013 Nick Attah rated it really liked it
I like the many twisted and turns in the book. Especially the parts where it gave readers some doubt if the Stevie and Susan Carol will lose the story.
Dec 02, 2016 Aiden rated it really liked it
The book I read was called, Cover-Up, by John Feinstein. The setting was the super bowl, and some places around the place. The main characters where Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, there are a few conflicts in there. One is that Steve gets kicked out of the USTV show, and was replaced. My opinion of the book is that the book has good action to it, but it can get a bit slow in my opinion. I like fast paced books with very occasional stops. This book connects to the unit theme by showing ...more
Nov 23, 2016 Ethan rated it really liked it
A good book about a kid who gets fired from his job. Then goes to the super bowl and discovers something that could change the super and the way the NFL does its job.
Laura Molinario
Realistic Fiction/Mystery
Will Sears
May 03, 2013 Will Sears rated it it was amazing
By John Feinstein
Review by Will Sears

Two things that I have always wanted to do are in this book. These two things are solving a mystery and going to the Super Bowl. In Cover-Up, John Feinstein made me feel like I was a part of both these. I felt like I was alongside Stevie and Susan Carol the entire time that I was reading John Feinstein’s action packed sports-mystery.

This was one of the best books that I have ever read. I can relate to it in countless ways and it is well written and su
CJ Kenworthy
Apr 21, 2016 CJ Kenworthy rated it really liked it
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Carolyn B
May 13, 2014 Carolyn B rated it it was amazing
Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are stuck in, yet another, mystery. The Ravens and the Dreams, the two football teams who made it to the Super Bowl this year. The question Stevie and Susan Carol are trying to answer is, do both these teams deserve to be here?
The Cover Up is about sports reporters, Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson. They began as two 14 year old kids who didn't even know each other. Then they were offered to become hosts for the USTV show Kid- Sports. Then the trouble
Apr 23, 2010 Trevor rated it really liked it
Trevor 4/21/10
Cover-up by John Feinstein
This book is about two young reporters, Stevie and Susan Carol. They go to the Super Bowl to report but end up in the middle of a drug testing scandal. One night, Susan Carol went to an N.F.L. party and a drunk doctor for one of the teams, The Dreams, comes up to her trying to impress her. He accidentally tells her that some of the players on his team are using steroids. Stevie and Susan Carol try to tell everyone that the players used steroids so they wo
Mar 02, 2012 Tricia rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, mystery, read-aloud
The last 40 or 50 pages was quite engaging, but the first 200+ were quite a slog!

This series of teen mysteries by John Feinstein was recommended for sports-mad teens. I got them for my 6th grade son, but then his 3rd grade brother wanted me to read one aloud at bedtime. He eventually got bored with it and had me stop (so I finished it on my own time).

The writing style is really not very good - perhaps it's more journalistic than novelistic? Feinstein is known for his sports journalism. Whatever
Connor C
Mar 08, 2014 Connor C rated it it was amazing
Shelves: form-1
In Cover-Up by John Feinstein, the main idea or message is hiding the truth will only make punishment worse. The story takes place in Indianapolis, during present time. It is the week of the Super Bowl, one of America’s most watched sporting events. The story is told by a limited narrator but can see into the mind of one character, Stevie. The main characters in the book are Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson. Stevie loves to write and watch sports, even though he is not very good at them. ...more
David Petersen
Dec 10, 2009 David Petersen rated it really liked it
Cover-up is a mystery about a boy and girl named Susan Carol Anderson and Stevie Thomas. They have ssolved mysteries before in previous books in this series but none have been like this one because they're in the superdome at the superbowl. They both have reporting jobs there because of working for reporters at the final four and U.S. tennis tournament. They were scheduled to both work for a kids/teens T.V. show but at the last second before they went to the superdome they fired Stevie and ...more
Devyn C
The Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl by John Feinstein was a great book. I loved it! As a football player the play-by-play sucked me in, the action drew me in closer, and the plot twists jumped out of the pages out me. John Feinstein is an outstanding author, I love reading his words they flow off the pages so majestically. Out of all the John Feinstein books I found this one more enjoyable because it is based off of something that over 95 million fans watch every year.

"But why? He's doing t
May 07, 2009 Bobby rated it liked it
Cover Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl

Imagine watching your favorite pitcher on steroids, or even the whole pitching rotation on the stuff. What would you think if you were the only kid who knew and everyone thinks you are crazy and a liar? Well, Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are in the same situation, know they will be watching a complete lie on Super Bowl Sunday. They know that the entire offensive line of the California Dreams all tested positive for human growth hormone, a new way of
Will K
Nov 19, 2013 Will K rated it really liked it
Will Keating 11/18/2013 Group 75

Fourteen-year-old sports reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson can’t cover a major sporting event without stumbling upon a mystery. The setting of Cover-Up is at the Super Bowl which includes the California Dreams and the Washington Redskins.
After solving the U.S. Open mystery, and another at the Final Four Stevie and Susan Carol are offered their own television show aimed at teen sports lovers on USTV. When the company decides that Stevie isn’t as popu
Imran Razack
Oct 07, 2015 Imran Razack rated it really liked it
Cover Up by John Feinstein

Cover up by John Feinstein is a sports centered mystery novel that follows a scandal in the NFL. Feinstein is a sports enthusiast who shows his love for football through the main character. The story is well written and the plot moves along with a lot of action. The book is enjoyable to read, especially if you are a fan of sport or drama. The characters are interesting and the plot just complex enough to keep your attention without being too confusing.

The main character
Shane Rabacs
Oct 23, 2014 Shane Rabacs rated it really liked it
Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are back at it in Cover-Up. This book is the 3rd in the series. All in all, I thought this was a good book. I would recommend this to someone who likes sports books.

I liked how John Feinstien used some real and made-up people in the book. For example, at the NFL party, Stevie sees,"Phil Mickelson, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Wayne Gretzky, Payton and Eli Manning, David Letterman, Bob Costas, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon" (124). I think it is cool that there
Tristan Beckmann
Dec 09, 2015 Tristan Beckmann rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sports fans of all ages
Recommended to Tristan by: No one
This book was amazing, it had non-stop action, whether it was Steve and Susan at a party or Steve talking to Eddie Brennan or Bobby Kelleher. Lil Don Meeker is the owner of a newly made NFL team. He is known for his stubborn and jerk ways to most. Steve Thomas has been fired at USTV and his friend Susan Carol stays on the job without him. At the Super Bowl, Susan is told about players testing positive for HGH by a team doctor who was drunk. The Dreams quarterback Eddie Brennan is the one guy who ...more
Apr 01, 2009 Michaelj rated it it was amazing
Cover Up, by John Feinstein, is a fictional story. It is a mystery about a special case at the Super Bowl. It takes place in contemporary times, and in Indianapolis, which is the host of the Super Bowl. The main characters in this story are Stevie Thomas, and Susan Carol. They are two fourteen year-old teenagers, who host their own cable sports show. The plot of this story is that Stevie and Susan find out that the California Dreams’ front line, one of the teams in the Super Bowl, has tested ...more
Apr 15, 2010 Joe rated it it was amazing
“Were bringing in a new co-host” (pg.10). This quote is at the beginning of the book “Cover Up” by John Feinstein. It is when things go wrong for Stevie, the main character. This book is about a boy named Stevie and a co-host on a TV show named Susan Carol who are both fourteen years old. They have been working together and are soon going to go to the super bowl for interviews. But only a couples days before they left for Indianapolis, where the super bowl is being held, Stevie finds himself ...more
The book that I have just currently finished reading is Cover-Up by John Feinstein. This book is about two young sport writers. They are Susan Carol and Steve Thomas. They have been working as sports reporters for a sports show until Steve is replaced. But then stave gets a job as a newspaper editor. While they are at the Super Bowl they find out a secret that is huge scandal and could ruin the Los Angeles Dreams chances of winning the Super Bowl. This scandal is that the entire offensive line ...more
Jake Payne
Jan 14, 2013 Jake Payne rated it liked it
Stevie Thomas is a fourteen year old sports fanatic who has saved a player from blackmailing at the final four. He has also proved that a kidnapping was actually a hoax. After that, he and his partner, Susan Carol were hired by USTV to do a show. Three months later, he was fired because he “didn’t have enough leader ship with the team." It left Susan Carol furious. He flies to Indianapolis to work as a journalist for the Super Bowl. When he lands at the airport, he meets Sean McManus who hires ...more
Nov 15, 2012 Joey rated it it was amazing
In this sports mystery a pair of two teenagers are invited to go to one of the most beloved events in sports, the super bowl. The girl Susan Carol Anderson goes to a party and encounters a drunk man who is the team doctor of the Dreams a team in the super bowl. He tells susan that the Dreams' offensive line has taken HGH, a performance enhancing drug. She tells her friend Stevie Thomas and they investigate. Is the man telling the truth and will the teens have a huge case on their hands. Find out ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I think I've purchased just about every book Feinstein has written for my library because they are so popular. Cover-Up has been out for awhile and I've been meaning to read it, so I jumped at the chance to listen to it. It was read by the author, and I hope he doesn't read anymore. The reading wasn't as good as it could've been. Too monotone for me.[return][return]Steve and Susan Carol are back as the famous kid sports reporters. They have already solved mysteries at the U.S. Open and the NCAA ...more
May 02, 2013 Luis rated it liked it
The book Cover up was overall an okay book. If you had to rate it on its uniqueness then its an A because it is not a common topic books usually write about. On the other side this book at times got very stagnant in its plot and even confused me. The story was about a young boy a teenager who was able to become a famous broadcaster for sports. The boy was not alone in broad casting he was with a very gorgeous girl the same age that he liked. The story takes place in the boys home town where he ...more
This is actually the third in a series, but it also stands alone. I didn't really think I wanted to read this book, but it was a page turner. I couldn't wait to see how it resolved itself. I'm a huge football fan, so I'm sure that helped!.

Stevie and Susan Carol are two 14 year-olds who want to be reporters. In a previous book they were asked to be kid reporters on a cable TV show that has been very successful. They're invited to report at the Super Bowl, but at the last minute, Stevie gets fired
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John Feinstein is one of the nation’s most successful and prolific sports authors who has written 24 books to date. His most recent work Are You Kidding Me? , written with Rocco Mediate, was released on May 18, 2009, and is presently on the shelf at bookstores everywhere. In addition, he is an award-winning columnist and regular contributor in both radio and television.

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Other Books in the Series

The Sports Beat (6 books)
  • Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery (The Sports Beat, #1)
  • Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U.S. Open (The Sports Beat, #2)
  • Change-up: Mystery at the World Series (The Sports Beat, #4)
  • The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game (The Sports Beat, #5)
  • Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics (The Sports Beat, #6)

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