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|
|Number of Pages||:||368 pages|
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
August 17, 2017
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A very relevant book that will appeal to sports fans. Feinstein is a master of sports books for younger teens and this book is definitely proof of that.
We received an eARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an...
August 18, 2017
I'm not really sure how to justify my end thoughts,
but the sport aspect of the book seemed to distract from the real story. Perhaps I focused more on what I'm currently studying as an educator than the story itself.
September 20, 2017
Feinstein continues to write books that are interesting and compelling to young readers. It is so refreshing to find quality writing dealing with current topics which does not rely on inappropriate language or sexual content. Excellent book or middle or high school students.