Thursday, September 27, 2018

Review of "Kickoff!" By Tiki & Ronde Barber

Review of
Kickoff! By Tiki & Ronde Barber, ISBN 9780545096683

5 out of 5 stars
 The Barber twins were both quality players in the NFL, Tiki was a running back that amassed over 10,000 yards and Ronde was a defensive back. Both had long careers, Tiki played ten seasons while Ronde played sixteen.  
  This book is an attempt on the part of the brothers to write adolescent sports fiction and in general they succeed in creating a quality story. The two main characters are Tiki and Ronde Barber and they are just starting their first year of middle school. One suspects that this story is largely autobiographical.
 Even though they are athletically skilled, when they join the football team they are relegated to the lowest level on the depth charts. This leads them to question their worth and consider quitting, but following the role model of their mother, they persevere and succeed.
 As they begin to shine in practice and the players ahead of them in the depth chart get injured, bot Tiki and Ronde start getting some playing time. They experience some setbacks, but they contribute heavily to the success of their team as they move towards the championship. They also learn not to look down on an elderly widow woman that appears to be a bit demented. She turns out to be a valuable member of their community.
 This is a good story in the tradition of Scholastic Books sports fiction. There are lessons for football, school and life, all wrapped up in a story about a youth football team.

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