OK, anyone who knows me knows I don't like football. I usually avoid sports books, especially ones with football, which is why I chose to read this 2015 Indian Paintbrush Nominee first. And, just like Game Changers by Mike Lupica (on last year's list), Unstoppable by Tim Green (Lexile: 730; Interest Level: Grades 4-8) really surprised me!
Harrison is a huge kid: tall, with big hands and feet, and very strong muscles. He has been through 4 foster homes because he keeps getting into fights. No one seems to understand that he has to stand up for himself or the other kids who are being picked on. Then the Constable family takes him in. Mr. Constable believes that the only way for kids to learn is to be worked hard, and, if they won't work hard enough, you should beat them. Harrison tries to do what he is told, but one day, things just get out of control with Mr. Constable, and Harrison has to find a new family.
Harrison thinks his new life is too good to be true, with a mom who is a great cook and a dad who coaches football. Harrison even gets to play on his new dad's team! Then, Harrison's luck takes a turn for the worse when he injures his leg a little in practice. How will Harrison deal with disappointment when life is just starting to get good for him? Give Tim Green's book a read to find out how Unstoppable Harrison really is! (343 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.