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Cracking the Bell (Compact Disc)

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What a fast-paced read! Cracking the Bell follows Isaiah, a former juvenile delinquent, through a potentially life-altering concussion. Isaiah claims to have lived two lives—before football and after. Before, he was a teen thug and future dropout with too much energy and an appetite for vandalism. And after, he became a regimented, thorough, studious athlete destined for D1 stardom. But the life Isaiah’s built is like a house of cards that threatens to come crumbling down when he cracks his bell. Fans of football or a good comeback story will love this book!

— ARC REVIEWER David A., age 15


Friday Night Lights meets Concussion in this powerful and important novel by Geoff Herbach, author of the Stupid Fast series, exploring the dangerous concussion crisis in football through the eyes of a high school team captain.

Isaiah loves football. In fact, football saved Isaiah's life, giving him structure and discipline after his sister's death tore his family apart. But when Isaiah gets knocked out cold on the field, he learns there's a lot more to lose than football.

While recovering from a concussion, Isaiah wonders what his life would look like without the game. All his friends are on the team, and Isaiah knows they can't win without him. The scholarship offer from Cornell is only on the table if he keeps playing.

And without football, what would keep his family together? What would prevent him from sliding back into the habits that nearly destroyed him?

Isaiah must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice for the sport that gave him everything, even if playing football threatens to take away his future.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781094079004
ISBN-10: 1094079006
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 10th, 2019
Language: English