Before the Snap
Before the Snap

Series: District 13   

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Annotation: Once Derrick discovers that his ex-girlfriend is pregnant, rumors swirl around him and he is unable to focus on football or school.
Catalog Number: #600064770
Format: Ebook
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Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Pages: 1 PDF file (48 pages)
Territory: World
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-612-47246-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-612-47246-1
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up&12; These formulaic novels center on male athletes in urban locations and are targeted toward struggling/reluctant readers. In Snap , Derrick, a football player, finds out that his ex-girlfriend is pregnant. She wants him to say that the baby is his so she can save her reputation. Meanwhile, his nemesis and teammate, Colton, is bullying him at practice. Derrick must learn to stand up for himself in both situations. In Hit , Carlos quits his job at the movie theater and goes out for the baseball team. He leaves behind his best friend, Esteban, who needs to work to support his family. The boys face a bully, who is the brother of the cutest girl at school. The dialogue is realistic, without trying too hard ("this school sucks"). One drawback of the books is that both the climax and resolution occur in the last four pages, and the bulk of each story is the buildup toward the abrupt ending. In the end, the main characters surpass their respective enemies and the good guys get the girls of their dreams. However, the protagonists do have positive (albeit, flat) friendships and relationships. Boys who are looking for an easy-to-read sports book might be interested in these titles.&12; Lindsay Klemas, JM Rapport School for Career Development, Bronx, NY
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School Library Journal (2/1/12)
Reading Level: 9.0
Interest Level: 9-12

Themes: Hi-Lo, Sports, urban teens, Football. Derrick was a bag of nerves the next day. He kept dropping passes at practice. Amber Linn's news really rattled him. Needless to say, Colton was thrilled. "What's the matter, Big D? Can't hang onto the ball today?" Finding the "right book" for struggling learners is essential to build both confidence and proficiency. Reading supports must be seamless, so that struggling readers are not stigmatized. The District 13 series does just that--written using carefully chosen vocabulary and simple sentences, the novels offer compelling teen stories about characters that interest young adult readers. Using sports as a backdrop, these edgy and mature titles confront issues that are of great importance to urban teens, especially teenaged boys: Coming of age, dating, fitting in, friendships, drugs, self-esteem, and school. Straightforward plots move readers through the 48-pages of text quickly and efficiently with satisfying resolutions.

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