Backfield Boys: A Football Mystery in Black and White by John Feinstein

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Read Backfield Boys: A Football Mystery in Black and White Online Free - Sportswriting powerhouse John Feinstein's young adult novel Backfield Boys follows best friends and football stars Jason Roddin and Tom Jefferson, a perfect, though unconventional, pair: Jason, the Jewish kid, is lightning fast and a natural wide-receiver, while African-American Tom has an amazing arm and a quarterback's feel for the game. After summer football camp at an elite sports-focused boarding school, the boys are thrilled to enroll on scholarship for their freshman year--despite their mothers' fears of injury and especially CTE.

On day one, they're stunned when the coaches make Tom a receiver and Jason a quarterback, a complete contradiction to their skill sets and training. They soon suspect this is a racial issue. The boys speak out, risking both their scholarships and their chance to play. But when Jason gets a concussion in the first game of the season, he and Tom must decide how much they're willing to lose in their quest to expose the ugly remnants of a racist past that still linger in contemporary jock culture.

In Backfield Boys, -The best writer of sports books in America today- (The Boston Globe) tells a thrilling story of friendship, football, and a fight for justice.

Title : Backfield Boys: A Football Mystery in Black and White
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ISBN : 0374305927
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Ms. rated it ★★★★☆

April 27, 2017

E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Tom and Jason are fairly happy in their public school in New York City, but they are both phenomenal football players and spend a summer at a football camp. Afterwards, they are offered positions at the prestigious sports prep academy in Virginia. Even thoug...

Suzanne rated it ★★★☆☆

November 17, 2017

Hooray for a good football book that features nice play-by-play action, has something of a compelling plot, and will be a palatable recommendation for sporty students who have to check out something for a class assignment. Now that said, it's not so incredible that YAs who just love reading will...

Kimberley rated it ★★★☆☆

September 14, 2017

I received an ARC of "Backfield Boys" from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I wasn't impressed with this story. I felt there were far too manny tropes trotted out and too much emphasis on the political climate. While it's important to bring relevant issues--particularly in the world of...

Maya rated it ★★★★★

September 21, 2017

This book was absolutely amazing, and I am very inclined to read other books by this author.

Cheryl rated it ★★★★☆

August 26, 2017

Feinstein's book, The Backfield Boys, mirrors the current racial distress in the U.S. Set at a private prep school in the South known for excellence in sports, the book tells the story of four football players and their struggle to experience fair play on and off the field. Also a story of friend...

L. Layale rated it ★★★☆☆

September 15, 2017

This review was for a freely given ARC review via netgalley. This was an interesting story. It follows Tom, an African American boy and his best friend Jason who is white as they get an up-close and personal look at racism in the 21st century. To sum up their meeting and dynamic, they met when th...

Tammy rated it ★★★★☆

October 13, 2017

This story is about two best friends that play football and they go away together to a prep school where they can better their skills at the positions they play in football and hopefully get noticed by a big collage where they can get a full scholorship for playing football. when practice starts t...

Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

July 08, 2017

I received this as an ARC at BEA. Jason is a stellar wide receiver, who is also white and Jewish. His best friend, Tom, is a stellar quarterback, who is also black. The only thing that really mattered between these two was how well they played football together. They have dreams of playing profess...

Lisa rated it ★★★★☆

June 24, 2017

Fueled by on-the-field action, Backfield Boys delivers a fast-paced story that triangulates sports, mystery and racial injustice in a perfect voice for Middle School readers. Tom and Jason, best friends, have grown up in NYC as an unstoppable duo of Quarterback and Wide-Receiver. Both receive sch...

WANDA rated it ★★★★★

September 11, 2017

Mr. Feinstein has created an instant classic. Four boys, who are the main characters, set their racist coaches and owner of the college up for a much deserved fall. The boys struggles on and off the ball field strain their friendship almost to the breaking point, but they survive and walk away be...

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