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When Marcus moves to a new town in the dead of summer, he doesn?t know a soul. While practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older man. Charlie is a charismatic prankster?and the best football player Marcus has ever seen. He can?t believe his good luck when he finds out that Charlie is actually Charlie Popovich, or ?the King of Pop, ? as he had been nicknamed during his career as an NFL linebacker. But that''s not all. There is a secret about Charlie that his family is desperate to hide. When Marcus begins school, he meets the starting quarterback on the team: Troy Popovich. Right from the beginning, Marcus and Troy disagree?about football, about Troy''s ex-girlfriend, Alyssa, but most of all about what''s good for Charlie. Marcus is betting that he knows what''s best for the King of Pop. And he is willing to risk everything to help his friend.
"Banking his usual over-the-top humor, Korman goes straight to the heart."
"Gordon Korman has used news reports and studies that link repeated concussions to dementia in former N.F.L. players to create a brisk, heartfelt and timely novel about the risks of pursuing a sport that can devastate one's brain."
From the Publisher
New to town and dying of summer boredom, Marcus practices for football try-outs in the park and ends up befriending a former NFL star, Charlie Popovich. Humorous and edgy, Charlie is a player and fun to hang out with. But Marcus slowly discovers that Charlie is suffering from a disease that his family wants kept secret. Soon, Marcus finds himself at odds with everyone, hoping that he can help Charlie in the best way possible.
Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water.
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