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

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,833 Ratings  ·  168 Reviews
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 f
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Published January 8th 2008 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published January 1st 2007)
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Harry Costea
this book ended up being ok at best
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
Star Tyson
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. True to life. Modern day issues.
Mary Fran Torpey
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
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I am reviewing is Cover-Up Mystery at the Super Bowl, which has a lexile range of 780. The author of the book is John Feinstein, who is also the author of other fantastic books such as Last Shot. Cover-Up Mystery at the Super Bowl is about two fourteen year old sport reporters that are invited to the superbowl to report information to CBS, Herald, and USTV. Days before the super bowl Susan Carol and Steve Thomas figure out that five offensive lineman from the Dreams team have failed the ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Cover Up, a book by John Feinstein was such a good book. It has drama and romance all over the place. John Feinstein (a regular commentator for National Public Radio and Sporting News Radio) has written many bestselling sports-related books, including LAST SHOT, an Edgar Award winner. Like his previous efforts, COVER-UP provides an almost nonfiction-like behind-the-scenes look into another aspect of the sports world, this time football.

The book is about to kid reporters named Stevie and Sus
Robert Paulsen
This book started out very confusing to me. Maby this was because I haven't read the other books before this one but is was confusing. I also thought this book was going to be about football but it was a journalist book. It was also wired because it named everyone by their first and their last names.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and the author really helped you imagine the moment with details. I would definitely read another, and it's never moving too slow. It is pretty fast pace though but I like it, it's one big event after another.
Judine Brey
This is a great age appropriate mystery centered around two saavy teenage reporters. While an engaging read, the number of characters introduced sometimes confused me.
Will Sears
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carolyn B
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-aloud, ya
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
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. S ...more
David Petersen
Nov 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 hire ...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 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the book "Cover Up" was great because it showed real life situations in football like drug tests. Two teen reporters named Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson solve sports mysteries and find ways to prove it. I would strongly recommend it because it creates real life story in your head while you are reading like when Stevie and Susan Carol are talking on the phone. I imagined them in separate rooms chatting and their facial expressions. When Stevie made fun of Jamie Whitsitt's speech, ...more
Imran Razack
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 pos ...more
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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 bei ...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
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 h ...more
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