Back­field Boys: A Foot­ball Mys­tery in Black and White

John Fein­stein
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By – April 11, 2018

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.

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