Fred Bowen

Children's sports author and Washington Post/KidsPost sports columnist

*Nominee, Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 2013-2014 (Grades 3-5)

*Nominee, Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice 2014 (Grades 6-8)

*Nominee, Virginia Readers’ Choice 2013-2014 (Middle School)

*IRA-CBC Children’s Choices 2012 Reading List (Grades 5-6)

* Kansas Reading Circle 2012 Recommended List (Grades 3-6)

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(Grades 4-7) In another absorbing sports tale from the prolific and dependable Bowen, an eighth-grade jock not only records the ups and downs of an exciting football season but he catches the writing bug. Tracking the progress of the middle-school team he quarterbacks from tryouts to the championship game in an assigned journal, Matt shares both increasingly detailed and well-described accounts of each victory or defeat and his own changing opinion of a gifted but annoyingly self-confident new team member. With practice and frequent critical feedback from his English teacher, his entries go from “Paragraph 1. We had practice again today. We did a bunch of exercises and stuff” to gems like “The dark, the cold, the hard ground—it all made me realize that winter was coming.“ In the end, sharing an MVP trophy with his erstwhile rival takes the sting out of losing the last game, and Matt is left mulling his next move: “I like being part of a team. And I can write about winter track.” The author expertly balances the subplots and football action. — John Peters

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Quarterback Season

Available in paperback and E-book

The Story

Matt, an eighth grader, expects to be the starting quarterback on his middle school team. But he’s got some serious competition from a new seventh grader – the annoying but talented Devro Beech. To make matters worse, his English teacher is on his case about a new class assignment: he has to keep a journal. He doesn’t know what to write about. Then his teacher says, “Keep a diary about playing on the football team.” So he does. And as he writes, he starts paying closer attention to what’s happening on and off the field. And he discovers that not everything is what it seems to be…not even Devro

The History

In 1967 Jerry Kramer, a former football player with the Green Bay Packers, kept a diary that was made into a book titled, "Instant Replay." He gave people an inside look at what it was like to play pro ball. People loved it. "Instant Replay" was on the New York Times bestsellers list for 37 weeks.