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Cover-up: Mystery at the Super Bowl

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Suspenseful, satisfying sports mystery.

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Young readers will enjoy watching kids give adults their richly deserved comeuppance in this entertaining tale.

John Feinstein, sports reporter for print publications and NPR, knows the world in which he sets the story -- not just the world of professional sports, but that of the media who cover it. Football is just the setting for a story about gifted teen writers achieving success in the professional adult world.

While Feinstein infuses the details with the kind of gritty realism you'd expect from someone with his background, the overall plot is a sportswriter's fantasy of the Big Story that falls perfectly into his lap. But it's that very perfection that makes this so satisfying. Add to that some terrific suspense and an outcome that's never really in doubt, and you have something akin to the old Mission: Impossible TV series, in which the suspense and pleasure come from watching it all fall neatly together.

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