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Summary: Jason loves sports. He plays baseball in the spring and summer, and REALLY wants to play football in the fall. When he finally gets his chance, life throws him a medical curve that forces Jason to rethink his dream. This is the biography of a nine-year-old boy with Adrenal Insufficiency brought on by Asthma treatment.
Type of Reading: anytime reading, family reading, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fast read, and you'll want to read it when your kids are done. The medical information if valuable to have, especially if you have a child with Asthma, not to mention a future Cy Young or Heisman Winner in your family.
Pros: The story moves quickly, almost too quickly to get the author's goal of teaching that you should never give up.
Cons: We'd like to hear the story from Jason's perspective. The emotions would be more visible and would resonate with kids. It would also be nice to learn more about asthma inhalers and Adrenal Insufficiency
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It seems pricey for the content.
Educational Themes: There are opportunities to talk about fear, disappointment, positive thinking, and worries. This is a good book for role-laying with your kids.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - family, sports
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2005
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