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Matt Christopher. Lacrosse Face-off
Little, Brown and Company  $6.99  ISBN 0-316-79641-7  116 pg.

Reviewed by
Mathew, Age 12

When Garry Wallis’s brother Todd starts playing lacrosse, he’s years behind. He has trouble passing, cradling, and even shooting. The reason behind it all is that on their last visit to the doctors, Todd had been given a prescription. It was only one word, but was underlined three times and had an exclamation point after it: Exercise.  Over time however, Todd improves with the help of the coach’s son, Jeff.  Unfortunately, the team’s best player, Michael Donofrio still doesn’t think he’s good enough and desperately wants him off the team.  He’s willing to cut Todd’s mesh, and even trip and hurt him. Will Todd stay on the team? Or will he get so fed up with it all and quit?

Matt Christopher wrote Lacrosse Face-off.  In my mind, he is an amazingly talented author who makes you feel as if you’re the main character in any of his books.  He is, as far as I know, a sports series writer, who finds room to place a colossal amount of non-violent action into each and every one of his books.  I have read quite a few of them and each one seems more exciting than the previous one.

I would recommend this book for someone who enjoys either watching or playing sports.  One thing that absolutely amazed me about this book is that even though I have never played lacrosse before, it got me interested about the sport by just explaining how it is played, and how fun and exciting it really is.  This book is a definite page-turner because of all the ‘fast-paced, action-packed’ pages.

I give Lacrosse Face-Off four stars.

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