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Final Season

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Lots of teamwork and action in touching football story.

Book Tim Green Sports 2021
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The story is a little predictable but still satisfies with fun characters, heartfelt moments, and detailed football action. Final Season also asks about the safety of football and whether kids should continue to play the sport. This is a bold and risky move, given readers who love football will likely love this book most. Thankfully, the football here is accurately described, discussed, narrated, and analyzed in terms of strategy. For non-football fans, some football action sequences might be too long and detailed.

Some readers might find the romance storyline a little forced, the number of times kids vomit disconcerting, and the violence of hard tackles tough to stomach. Also, the kids often retreat to "their 5 Xbox consoles" in their Mercedes "G-Wagons" and then go jet skiing, which may seem awfully high-end for many readers. But the players, teamwork, and the positivity of Ben's dad in the face of his ALS all contribute to an incredibly positive and winning story.

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