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Lauren Huttner writes, Ever thought being a new middle school student was hard, well at Longview, it is even worse then you think.Ever thought being a new middle school st

Lauren Huttner writes, Ever thought being a new middle school student was hard, well at Longview, it is even worse then you think.Ever thought being a new middle school student was hard, well at Longview, it is even worse then you think. The book Love of the Game, by John Coy, tells you what happens with new sixth graders at Longview middle school.

Jackson thinks middle school is terrible from the bus ride on the first day of school. On the first day of school he is forced to give up his lunch to a bunch of eighth graders because he couldn't find a place to sit on the bus. Not even in the back of the bus.

Happily, football starts in the first few days of school. Unfortunately, tragedy happens during the third practice, Jackson breaks his thumb. Will Jackson be able to play, or will he miss the rest of the season?Personally, after I received the book, I thought it was going to be a book for boys, but actually it is a great book for everyone. The action packed book really is tied in with a lot of humor like lockers that won't open unless you yank on them and eighth grade bullies getting into trouble

.My favorite part of the book was when Jackson's locker is marked inoperable. The description was so specific; that I could imagine what Jackson was going through. You would think it seems sad, but John Coy really made the sadness go away with humor.

I should also mention that Love of the Game is part of a series. This series is called the 4 for 4 series. This book is the third installment in the series. It is unnecessary to have read Eyes on the Goal or Top of the Order to enjoy this book.

This book has approximately twenty chapters, so it should be easy for kids in grades 3-6.

John Coy is the author of the 4 for 4 series, some YA novels, and picture books. His YA and 4 for 4 books are about sports while his picture books range from a variety of fun ideas. He lives with his wife currently in Minneapolis.