Middle school can be really difficult, and it can become more so when you are the new kid. And, Landon has the added complication that he is deaf, but wears cochlear implants to help him hear. Landon makes a deal with his parents before the move that he won't be negative about the move if they let him try out for football at the new school.
Landon is huge. Going into the seventh grade, people assume he is in high school. He looks like a football player. He has never learned to play football. And when he speaks, people assume he is "slow" because his speech is difficult to understand. Left Out by Tim Green (Lexile: 800; Interest Level: Grades 3-6) shows us how Landon perseveres, however, and continues to try to be part of something bigger than himself, even when his younger sister stands up to his bully.
In typical Tim Green fashion, Landon gets help from an unexpected source on his new team with connections to an even bigger help. Can Landon make it on the new team and learn to play the game he loves? Can he and his sister fit into the new school? Fans of football books and Tim Green will, I am sure, enjoy this book. (341 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.