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The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game (The Sports Beat #5)

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Eighth-grade sportswriters Stevie and Susan Carol up to solve a mystery at the famous Army-Navy football game.
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Luca H
Dec 13, 2012 Luca H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! I thought this book really makes you want to read, and learn about the history of the Army-Navy Game. Reading this book gave me a great understanding on the players of both teams, and how life is, being in the Military.

The story is about a 14-year-old girl named Susan Collins Anderson, and a boy named Stevie, who set out to right a newspaper on the rivalry of the Navy-Army game. Susan visits Naval Academy, and rights a report on how Midshipmen live. Susan also, gets
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Tom Kreisa
Dec 11, 2014 Tom Kreisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like my book Mystery At The Army Navy Game The Rivalry. I like how it has a lot of informational sports facts. Another thing I like about it is that they use real people like President Obama and also has real team rivalries in this book.The mystery part of the book i really intruiging when the refs are sided with a bet that the game score will be zero to zero, so they make very bad calls and change the game completely.Word gets around and the two main characters Stevie Thomas and Susan ...more
Alin8
Jan 16, 2013 Alin8 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Rivalry
By John Feinstein

This book is a must-read for any sports fan ages 15 and under, and any mystery fan. Two teen reporters are assigned a huge project…………. The Army-Navy game, being played in Washington D.C. The reporters, Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, have been at it for two years since winning a writing award, and have never been more excited for an assignment. Before the big game, in the weeks leading up to it, they have to report on both teams. All the while, the governmen
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Sam B
Sep 21, 2010 Sam B rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this book, I expected another good book from John Feinstein. I enjoyed "Cover Up", in the series because it has the main characters-Steve Thomas and Susan Carol-going on a over the top chase to try to uncover a Super Bowl conspiracy. However, this book is mostly about the president and the traditions that take place during the Army-Navy game. Half the book is about how classy the players on the team are and there is no real action. The football scenes in this game ar ...more
Brenton Bell
Oct 27, 2015 Brenton Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

John Feinstein’s THE RIVALRY was interesting, from the talking about sports writers to the in the game action.If you like sporty football books this might just be the book for you. It has a lot of commentating in games that were played before and it gets you pretty engaged in your reading. The book the rivalry by john feinstein is a pretty good book but at some points you may get bored.


The book is about at young book reporter that travels sometimes and does some games. Older sports writers respe
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Vou Fitisemanu
Jan 04, 2015 Vou Fitisemanu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Overall I thought the book was pretty good because of these three things; action/suspense, drama, and it included football. The book did a great at making you feel suspense with all the events leading to the game. Like how Susan Carol did a report on the bad refs and bad calls at the navy and Notre Dame game;because of that she got some death threats and things like that. But that is kinda in the action section. Also the drama part of it because of Stevie's and Susan's relationship. They each ki ...more
Linden
Jan 03, 2015 Linden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sports and mystery fans from middle school and up
Recommended to Linden by: the author's other work

I am fond of John Feinstein's work, having followed him through his young adult "Sport Beat" books since Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery in 2009. He is a master at interleaving sports action with a larger plot.

In Rivalry, Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are still a team of freshman sportswriters, this time covering the last two games of the season before the 111th Army-Navy teams meet each other. As usual, the world of sports is not just a matter of competition but also of intrigue and oth
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Jack N
Apr 03, 2014 Jack N rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan Carol and Stevie Thomas are two fourteen year old reporters who are covering the army navy football game, which is one of the best college football rivalries there is. Stevie spent the week before the game at West Point, the army campus. Susan Carol spent the week before the game at the navy campus. They both got to go to their team’s game that preceded the army navy game. Army played georgia tech and won 17-14. Navy played Notre Dame and lost 24-21, but the referees were horrible. Every t ...more
Tom Gase
Dec 17, 2014 Tom Gase rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like the author John Feinstein a lot. I've read now 23 of his books and look forward to reading more. This book, The Rivalry, however wasn't good.
The fifth book in a very cool series aimed for young adults, this once again follows the two young reporters, Susan Carol and Steve, as they once again cover a big sporting event and something goes wrong.
I've really enjoyed Feinstein's other fiction books with these two characters a lot, but this one felt rushed and didn't really have a story. Plus,
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Charlie C
Jun 10, 2015 Charlie C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book the Rivalry by John Feinstein. This book is about a young journalist named Stevie, trying to solve a mystery at the Army-Navy game with his partner Susan Carol. This book takes place in Washington D.C.

This book has one of my favorite themes which is mystery. For example some mysteries are the president disappearing, and how the same refs that were referring the Notre Dame-Navy game were referring the Army-Navy game. Stevie and Susan travel to both Army and Navy univer
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Ethan
Nov 02, 2014 Ethan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the book The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army - Navy game by John Feinstein. Along with talking a lot about football, I believe sombody who has no interest in sports could get into this book.
It continues with the same charters Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson covering yet another major sports event. This time they split up and cover both Army and Navy (Stevie at Army and Susan Carol at Navy). They both make a lot of friends at both campuses a long with getting to see a game pla
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Music Luver
It was an average book. It was really good if your a die hard football fan, but if your just a beginner this book isnt going to work for you. It get's a little complicated and a little bit to football laungey { if you get what im saying} . It was the 5th book in the series and you really need to know your stuff to read it. Normally , I wouldn't recomend books like this to people {i.e. Family;Friends} but for John Feinstien , Overall and enjoyable book. But I also would like to add that the book ...more
3Lane J
Dec 11, 2015 3Lane J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Rivalry by John Feinstein, characters play a large role in developing the mysterious game that occurred. First, Stevie is very hesitant about the upcoming game because of the significance of it. He wanted “extra security” and had been “planning for months” because the president was going to show (102).Stevie creates a sense of skepticism in the reader knowing he is hyping the game up. The other sports writer, Susan Carol describes the foul scene going on the field as horrible. The referee ...more
Kevin Kovacs
Nov 25, 2014 Kevin Kovacs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me of a cow eating grass, because the same stuff happens in every book. This book was about two teams which were the navy and the army. It had 2 main characters in my opinion like every other book. It was about how Steven has a huge love for Susan, I can predict that since he tries to be his best around her. This book was about how Steven and Susan find something fishy and suspicious about something. Of course they always find away to stop them and then everything turns out go ...more
CJ Kenworthy
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Luke
Mar 06, 2010 Luke marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
After the last Stevie/Susan Carol book, I'm not so sure about Feinstein anymore, but I'm hoping this will be just as good as the first three books of the series.
Gabriel Cravedi
Mar 09, 2015 Gabriel Cravedi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Journalism at its finest. Preparing for the game, fans are already hype, knowing that the game will be a close one. Rivals, clashing at each other, trying to intentionally hurt another player. Sending a message is the name of the game, and the fans are loving it with all their heart. Waiting for the game, the fans can't wait any longer. As they fill the arena, filled with food and their drinks, they are ready for the ride of their life. All they care about isthe excitement that's going to be dis ...more
Eddy Allen
Apr 11, 2014 Eddy Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of Navy have met on the football field since 1890, and it’s a rivalry like no other, filled with tradition.

Teen sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol have been busy at West Point and Annapolis, getting to know the players and coaches—and the Secret Service agents. Since the president will be attending the game, security will be tighter than tight. Weeks and months have been spent on training and planning and reporting to get them all to this mome
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Dwight Ternes
Average at best. Gave it 2 stars out of respect to Army & Navy.
Nicholas Hernandez
It was an okay book. I though it was going to be more about the president and the actual Army-Navy game. It was more about the events leading up to the game then what happened in the game it self. The book moves back and forth from the game and events leading up to the game. It also explains a lot about the different types of people they meet. I think this book was okay. I think it could have focused more on the the rivalry. I would recommend this book to people who are really into sports books ...more
Jacob Erickson
Aug 28, 2015 Jacob Erickson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Rivalry is the fifth book in the Sports beat series. In this book we learn about the history of Army and Navy, while Steve goes to West Point and Susan Carol hangs out with the Midshipman. It is a two part book with every chapter switching between Stevie's experiences and Susan Carol's experiences, until the last six chapters. Steve and Susan suspect the refs are throwing games against Navy and Army. The FBI, Secret Service, and the President all come to the game and try and figure out the s ...more
Brady Peterson
Jun 01, 2011 Brady Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about a young journalist named Stevie, trying to solve a mystery at the Army-Navy football game with his partner Susan Carol in Washington D.C. The book starts out a little before the kick-off of the fottball game. The next few chapters are about the weeks before the game where Stevie and Susan Carol travel to both Army and Navy University to write stories in the newspaper about the upcoming game. Susan Carol decides to writes a nasty article about the referees that reffed the Navy ...more
Terry
Nov 05, 2013 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tough to know what to think about this. This is the only book in this series I've read, so perhaps familiarity with the earlier volumes might temper some of my comments about lack of characterization. Bobby and Susan Carol are fairly thin characters, beyond loving sports and being reporters of uncommon, precocious skill. They are paired with adult journalists who are even less substantial. The 'plot' in this book takes more than four-fifths of the book to unfold, and the climax comes quickly and ...more
John David
Apr 11, 2011 John David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book The Rivalry Mystery at the Amry-Navy Game was a bout a young journalist,Stevie, a mystery at the Army-Navy game with his partner Susan Carol. The book starts out a little before the kick-off of the fottball game. The next several chapters are about the weeks leading up to the game where Stevie and Susan Carol travel to both schools to write stories in the newspaper about the upcoming game. But when Susan Carol rights a nasty article about the referees that reffed the Navy-Notre Dame gam ...more
J
Though I haven't read the first four of Feinstein's YA sports mysteries, it wasn't difficult to jump right into this story of Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, crackerjack 14-year-old journalists who have been asked to cover the Army-Navy football game. Feinstein's forte isn't character development (or character naming for that matter -- it gets pretty tiresome repeating Susan Carol's name in your head while reading) but what he lacks in understanding teens he makes up for in his inside kn ...more
Cooper L.
Apr 11, 2013 Cooper L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is about what is going on during the famed Army vs. Navy football game where this year the president will be attending. Two young star sportswriters will be covering the game and writing stories about army and navy during the weeks preparing before the game. They have no idea what they are in for; all they know is that they will have the time of their lives covering these two storied teams. Mystery at the Army vs. Navy game was written by John Feinstein for the purpose of entertainment ...more
Kay Mcgriff
Stevie and Susan Carol are at it again. This time their nose for news is about to uncover a scandal at the Army-Navy football game. If you haven't met them before, Stevie and Susan Carol are teen sports reporters. Since winning a writing contest as 8th graders, they have been working with two seasoned reporters, Bobby Kelleher and Tamara Mearns, ever since. They have covered some of the biggest events in sports (the Super Bowl, the Final Four) and uncovered some of the biggest scandals. Now they ...more
Marie
Aug 22, 2012 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-readers, sports
I really like this series as a whole, but I found The Rivalry a bit disappointing. There's a lack of focus, since much of the first half of the book deals with security concerns regarding the President and VP attendance at game-related functions and the role of the Secret Service at such events, but those concerns never lead to any major plot points. The second plotline, regarding bad officiating and possible game-fixing, is more compelling and ultimately redeems much of the book.

There's also a
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Sarah
Nov 10, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: grades 6-9
Recommended to Sarah by: 7/8 list
Stevie and Susan Carol, both high school freshmen who have been writing special sports columns for publications such as The Washington Post ever since they won a writing contest, are invited to write about the annual Army (West Point) versus Navy (Annapolis) football game, which is special that year because President Obamba will be in attendance. Each of them is also allowed to get to know some of the players and coaches, along with learning about the heightened security measures that are going ...more
Charlie P
Oct 06, 2013 Charlie P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book the Rivalry by John Feinstein. This book is about a young journalist named Stevie, trying to solve a mystery at the Army-Navy game with his partner Susan Carol. This book takes place in Washington D.C.

This book has two of my favorite topics mysteries and football. For example some mysteries are the president disappearing, and how the same refs that were referring the Notre Dame-Navy game were referring the Army-Navy game. Stevie and Susan travel to both Army and Navy univers
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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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