Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374379964, 279pp.
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Kendall is football town, and Jerry Downing is the high school's star quarterback, working to redeem himself after he nearly killed a girl in a drunk driving accident last year. Carla Jenson, lead reporter for the school newspaper's sports section, has recruited Jerry to co-author a blog chronicling the season from each of their perspectives. When Jerry's best friend on the team takes a hit too hard and gets hurt, Carla wonders publicly if injury in the game comes at too high a cost in a player's life but not everyone in Kendall wants to hear it...
David Klass and Perri Klass's "Second Impact" is an action-packed story will resonate with readers who have been following recent news stories are football injuries.
"What is exceptional is the penetrating look at high-school football culture he provides via theschool newspaper’s sports blog. . . Klass and Klass still deliver a highly engaging, timely, and thoughtprovoking read." -- Booklist
"The authors, an acclaimed writer for teens and a doctor well-known for her medical journalism, do a remarkable job incorporating both riveting sports action and sobering medical facts in the narrative. . . will resonate with aspiring journalists and teen sports fans alike." -- Kirkus Reviews
"... fans of sports novels and contemporary issues will find the story riveting."--Publishers Weekly
"Written by a YA veteran with his sister, a pediatrician and medical writer, the book is highly topical and rich with current research." -- School Library Journal