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Football Heroes Making a Difference

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Discover how football's biggest stars make an impact on and off the field in these new additions to the best-selling Football Heroes Making a Difference series. Kids will follow their favorite players as they break NFL records and win Super Bowls while also donating time and money to help improve the lives of less-fortunate children and adults.

 
Title   ATOS Format Qty
Football Heroes Making a Difference (18 titles)
Cover: Adrian Peterson Adrian Peterson 5.0
Cover: Ben Roethlisberger Ben Roethlisberger 4.3
Cover: Brett Favre Brett Favre 4.8
Cover: Brian Urlacher Brian Urlacher 4.4
Cover: Colin Kaepernick Colin Kaepernick 4.6
Cover: Donovan McNabb Donovan McNabb 4.7
Cover: Eli Manning Eli Manning 5.1
Cover: Joe Flacco Joe Flacco 4.8
Cover: LaDainian Tomlinson LaDainian Tomlinson 4.2
Cover: Larry Fitzgerald Larry Fitzgerald 4.7
Cover: Mark Sanchez Mark Sanchez 5.8
Cover: Matt Hasselbeck Matt Hasselbeck 4.4
Cover: Peyton Manning Peyton Manning 5.7
Cover: Philip Rivers Philip Rivers 5.0
Cover: Tim Tebow Tim Tebow 5.5
Cover: Tony Gonzalez Tony Gonzalez 4.6
Cover: Tony Romo Tony Romo 4.7
Cover: Troy Polamalu Troy Polamalu 5.3
Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 3
BISACS JNF007100
Genre Nonfiction, Great for Hi-Lo Readers, Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2010
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Football Heroes Making a Difference
Language English
Number of Pages 24
ISBN 9781597168274, 9781597169288, 9781936090334
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dimensions 8 x 10
 

Booklist Review of Football Heroes Making a Difference

Stories of athletes working to aid their communities provide nice angles to help kids who are interested in sports learn about social issues and giving back, especially amid a sports climate where headlines are so often dominated by big-league selfishness. The Football Heroes Making a Difference series profiles a few such stand-up superstars. Each book opens with a rundown of the player’s athletic career, well supported by a dynamic layout and crisp photos. Adrian Peterson profiles one of the most impressive young running backs the NFL has ever seen and reminds readers that even as he’s dazzled fans and juked his way into record books, he’s never forgotten his roots in Palestine, Texas. In Larry Fitzgerald, the story is very family oriented, as he started the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund to teach people about cancer and AIDS in honor of his late mother, a health worker, whose photo he carries in his wallet. Tony Gonzalez makes the case for athletics as a confidence builder, as the multi-record-setting tight end was initially intimidated on the football field but grew more self-assured when he discovered a talent for basketball. Information on his foundation’s extensive work with sick children fleshes out his altruistic side. In Tony Romo, the charitable cred may be the weakest of the bunch (not much beyond a general desire to start a foundation to help kids), but the story of how Romo persevered after not being drafted to eventually become a star should inspire. On the whole, the books are more weighted toward athletic feats than philanthropic inclinations, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing and will no doubt draw the intended audience of reluctant readers. A glossary and additional sources conclude.

The Horn Book Guide Review for Football Heroes Making a Difference

Each short biography begins with the player’s career highlights and concludes by showcasing his charitable works (e.g., Urlacher’s commitment to the Special Olympics, McNabb’s work with the American Diabetes Association).

School Library Journal Review for Football Heroes Making a Difference

These athletes make a difference in other people’s lives through volunteering. Whether it is through an organization that contributes to various charities, such as the Matt Hasselbeck Foundation, or with a single body such as the Special Olympics, which Urlacher supports, each sports hero contributes to the community during his time off the field. Colorful photographs show not only football action shots, but also portray the player both as a youth and as an adult volunteering. Even though the information is spare, libraries needing updated football biographies for this age group will welcome this new slant. The biographies of two quarterbacks of the recent Superbowl playoffs-McNabb and Roethlisberger-will be particularly popular.

Index
Glossary of key words
Table of contents
Author/Illustrator biography
Full-color photographs