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Pop by Gordon Korman
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Feb 16, 11

bookshelves: 2-star
Read in January, 2011

A fast-paced and breezy novel, with relationship drama, sports action, and the added theme of Alzheimer’s disease. New kid Marcus Jordan wants to be quarterback for the school’s football team. As he practices at the park during the last days of summer, Marcus meets a peculiar middle-aged man with incredible football skills. Turns out this eccentric man is none other than Charlie Popovich, a former NFL player who is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s. When he plays with Marcus at the park, Charlie believes he is a teenager and that Marcus is his old buddy Mac. The friendship between Marcus and Charlie develops as they practice together nearly every day. Marcus sees the playful prankster side of Mr. Popovich but is slow to realize what his condition is. When school begins, the football team is unwelcoming towards Marcus. The team’s quarterback Troy is especially unfriendly. Troy’s father just so happens to be Charlie Popovich, and his family is holding onto the secret of their father’s Alzheimer’s disease. Despite its problematic ending, there is lots to chew in this quick wide-appealing read.
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