When the action is on the football field, readers will learn the rules of the game. When the action switches to the classroom, readers will learn themes about leadership and important vocabulary words related to Homer’s classic epic poem, The Odyssey.
Kids love football, but few of them understand the rules. That’s about to change. Drew Hennings, a fifteen year-old referee, dreams of playing quarterback for the Hingham High School varsity team (and maybe following in his Dad’s footsteps as a wide receiver in the Ivy League). But those dreams ended in eighth grade when he got a serious concussion. Even though Drew can’t play football anymore, he loves the game too much to walk away. A close family friend and football official, Jack, mentors Drew as he tries to earn a spot in a youth football playoff game. Outside of everything going on with football, Drew has a crush on Callie, a pretty girl in English class.
Will Drew earn the right to ref his first ever playoff game? And can he focus on his studies and get up the courage to ask his dream girl to the Halloween Dance?