By Mike Lupica
Since fall for many is synonymous to football, it seems fitting to start this year with a book about football. QB1 is a sports book with action-packed scenes on and off the football field.
Jake Cullen lives in the shadow of his older brother, Wyatt, and his dad. Wyatt, a hometown hero for his abilities on the football field, is playing college ball for a major university. Jake’s dad, also a hometown football star, went on to play college football and made it to the NFL. The pressure is on Jake to excel on the field. Jake is a contender on his varsity high school football team for the quarterback position which most people expect him to get. However, Jake meets his challenge when a new player arrives at school with his sights set on the same position. QB1 portrays Jake’s struggles on and off the field. Though there is lots of football action, the book is also about relationships and expectations. Because of that, this is a book that will appeal to football fans, as well as those with little knowledge of the game.
I love working in the middle school library because each day I get to work with wonderful students. In addition, I have access to lots of interesting books. It is always fun to help students connect to books they like, and to talk about what they are reading.