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Athlete vs. mathlete, W.C. Mack

Label
Athlete vs. mathlete
Title
Athlete vs. mathlete
Statement of responsibility
W.C. Mack
Title variation
Athlete versus mathlete
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When their two worlds collide in seventh grade, fraternal twins and opposites Owen and Russell find themselves in direct competition at school, on the court, and at home
Member of
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
OLA Best Bets, 2013.
Review
  • Grades 5-7 Twins Owen and Russell have followed different paths. Owen loves playing basketball, while Russell takes pride in leading the school’s Masters of the Mind team. When the new basketball coach spots Russ in the hallway (“Hey, you! . . . Tall kid!”), he recruits him for the seventh-grade team. Russ hopes that sharing basketball will help him grow closer to his twin, but Owen responds to him as an invader on his territory. The experience shifts the dynamics of their relationship and leaves them both shaken, yet more aware of their fundamental bond. The first-person narrative alternates between the brothers, a technique that works well, showing each one’s emotional makeup as well as individual points of view on the problems at hand. There’s wit as well as painful reflection in the novel, which shows both boys developing unrecognized talents behind their cool jock and proud nerd facades. A promising first volume in the Athlete vs. Mathlete series. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 03-15-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 14, p85)
  • Seventh-grade fraternal twins Owen and Russell are as different as night and day, and that spells trouble when both of them make the basketball team. Owen is the quintessential jock: He plays basketball nearly all the time, and when he isn't playing, he's thinking about it. Russell, more concerned with academics, serves as leader of his school's Masters of the Mind team, a group that competes against other schools to solve tough mental puzzles. He's generally regarded as physically inept. Russell and Owen don't understand each other's worlds, but previously, it hardly seemed to matter. Then the new coach asks Russell to try out for the team because he's tall, and with that height comes a surprisingly satisfying skill in blocking shots. Owen, no longer the sole star athlete in his family, becomes increasingly jealous as his father, who once more or less ignored Russell, begins to focus on both sons. Chapters alternate between the brothers' first-person accounts, providing readers with a nice look at their diametrically opposed thinking. Russell's chapters are amusing, as he discovers unexpected talents and abilities. Owen comes across as much less attractive; readers may be surprised by the level of his anger and his childish behavior. Despite the differing perspectives, though, it's never more than a superficial exploration of the differences between brothers, enlivened by welcome infusions of basketball. (Fiction. 10-14)(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10170403
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mack, W. C.
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 610L
  • Decoding demand: 92 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 100 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 89 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 88 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.M18996
LC item number
At 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 7
Reading level
3.9
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Athlete vs. mathlete series
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Twins
  • Brothers
  • Basketball
  • Competition (Psychology)
  • Schools
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Athlete vs. mathlete, W.C. Mack
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
961692
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
198 pages
Isbn
9781599909158
Lccn
2012014146
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781599909158
Label
Athlete vs. mathlete, W.C. Mack
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
961692
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
198 pages
Isbn
9781599909158
Lccn
2012014146
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781599909158

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