Jason and Tom are the perfect teammates when it comes to football, a sport they both love. When they each get a full scholarship to attend a prestigious sports-focused boarding school in Virginia, the two are elated. But they soon discover their new coaching staff hide a dark secret. Tom, who excels as a quarterback, is assigned to be a fourth-string receiver, and Jason, a lightning-quick receiver, is far down on the quarterback list. Could it be because Jason is a white Jewish kid and Tom is black? The two friends are stunned as evidence mounts to support their theory: the coaching staff at this elite school is racially biased. They share their suspicions with two reporters and a plan is hatched to investigate the school’s prejudice. However, such a revelation might jeopardize future football hopes for the two freshmen. How far are they willing to go to right years of injustice?
Backfield Boys is the compelling story of two young men caught in a web of racial prejudice, and their struggle to clear a path through it without being consumed. It is highly recommended for young adult readers and carries a strong message about standing up for what is right. The novel overflows with football facts, game plans, and plays, and would be a perfect read for any avid football player or fan aged twelve or above.
Marcia Berneger is a retired teacher who lives with her husband and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and second grade, as well as special education. She currently teaches Torah school, in addition to her volunteer work in classrooms, libraries, and with various fundraisers. She lives in San Diego.