Review! Fantasy League by Mike Lupica

fantasyleagueFantasy League
by Mike Lupica
304 pages – ages 10+
Published by Philomel on September 16, 2014

SUMMARY- Seventh-grader Charlie Gaines was an everyday kid who loved football. Charlie also happened to be a whiz at fantasy football. Charlie’s best friend, Anna happens to be the granddaughter of the owner of a local  NFL Football team (a team that isn’t doing really well and is pretty much a laughing-stock). Charlie makes a draft suggestion to Anna’s granddad and Charlie is surprised when her granddad takes him seriously. Soon, the football team starts doing better with Charlie’s suggestions but Charlie isn’t very comfortable with his  new-found fame after the media gets wind of what’s been going on. As Charlie learns to cope with the good (and the bad!) of being locally famous, he soon learns things don’t always go the way you plan. Now Charlie is being targeted by the media and it also doesn’t help that his best friend is getting slightly peeved with him…

WHAT I THOUGHT- I will be the first to admit, I am not a huge football fan (give me ice hockey and baseball!) and I wasn’t real excited about reviewing this book. After reading the book, I will admit Mr. Lupica  has written a football story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I hung on every word, the story was that good. The book had a ton of football facts and strategies but I really enjoyed reading all of it because it was mixed into such a great story line. The book isn’t just about football.  It is more a story about being true to yourself, and making the most of the moment. It was about making new friends, and having fun with the old ones. It was very realistic and felt like a story that could happen to anyone. All the characters were excellent and each one had their own story behind them. I also liked the fact that Charlie’s best friend is a girl, but he doesn’t see her in any romantic ways – just someone who loves football the same amount that he does. Anna is a great character and it shows that she is as much an expert on football as Charlie. Mr. Lupica has written a wonderful story about so much more than football.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

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Categories: Age 9+

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24 replies

  1. Surprised ya, didn’t it? Books about being true to yourself are so needed. I’m glad you enjoyed reading it. Now I will too. I ALWAYS take your advice! (Like if you tell me to eat a donut I’m going to do that!) Thanks for the great review.

  2. I had a football once when I was little (and naughty). I ate it.

    Love and licks,

  3. Erik, this sounds right up M-Man’s alley, but it seems a little long for him. I see the main character is 7th grade. I’m curious, would you say it’s about a 7th grade reading level, or do you think my football fan reading at a 5th grade level could handle it?

  4. Similar to Michelle’s comment, I’m wondering if my fifth grader would like it. I really like the author’s choice of showing how a boy and girl with similar interests can be friends without turning it into a romance. And it shows how the girl can be just as interested in and knowledgeable about sports as a boy. Yay! Great review, Erik!

  5. Mr Lupica is a FAVORITE around my school library. You can’t seem to go wrong with any of his stories!

  6. Cool Dad is a HUGE Fantasy Football fan (not so much football – but he loves the statistics of the fantasy football) and Neighbor Girl enjoys the discussions. I just kind of zone out – I prefer to watch a good game of football without the statistics. 🙂 Sounds like a great book, Erik. Thanks for sharing.
    ~Cool Mom
    PS – Neighbor Girl reads every one of your reviews via her email and comments to me… she just very rarely comments anywhere. ;0)

  7. Sports books happen to be my reading gap. Thank you for sharing this one. 🙂

  8. I love football i have been plying it since i was little and i have nobody to play with any more (since my dad died) so i enjoyed this review i think i will check it out at the library!

  9. Wow, Erik, you just made me want to read a book I normally wouldn’t have considered! Great review! 😀

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