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Hard-hitting football CRACKING THE BELL, by Geoff Herbach (YA book review)
Running plays, making big hits, workouts, routines, football team captain… now with agonizing brain distress. Football saved Isaiah when the alternative was reform school. But it can’t bring back his dead sister or his easy relationship with Grace or his swagger on the field, knowing that any tackle could bring another concussion that puts him lights-out for good. But if Isaiah stops playing football, what’s left for him? If he doesn’t, will he have any future to work for? His divorced parents are sure he’ll go to college in their small Minnesota town…but other college scouts have seen his hard-hitting defensive play and want to talk. Odd-jobs guy Joey says …