Cracking the Bell


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$11.99  $11.15
Katherine Tegen Books
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Will Weaver was born in Minnesota farm country. In college, by having too much fun and not paying attention, he accidentally became an English major. Since there was no escape from good books, he was forced to become an author. Of his many novels, his personal favorite is Memory Boy.


"Along with tackling the deadly hazards of concussions, this novel offers a bulletin to readers facing life-altering changes, telling them that they might not have to go through them alone... Provocative entry centered on a sizzling topic." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Herbach's story explodes on the page with Isaiah's searching self-reflection. Football fans will love the grace and elegance with which the game is described, yet technical detail never overwhelms the story about a wily, articulate teen desperately trying to envision a future for himself by building a new game plan." -- ALA Booklist

"Herbach tackles the controversy surrounding the risks of one of America's favorite pastimes... Older readers will find this book interesting, as they are kept in suspense as to the reasons behind characters' actions. This vivid story is for fans of John Coy's Crackback and Tommy Greenwald's Game Changer." -- School Library Journal

Praise for HOOPER: "Lessons on small-town politics and what it means to be a good friend abound in this well-plotted work." -- ALA Booklist

"Herbach's ability to expand the narrative from solid game play to confronting racial injustice is remarkable. No one here is perfect, and their failures make readers cringe yet root for success. Hoops and so much more." -- Kirkus Reviews

"There's much to love in this sports tale. Fast-paced play-by-plays vividly depict the speed and beauty of the game. Adam's backstory is heartrending and with immigrant mistrust and nonviolent protests in the national spotlight, this is a timely and realistic teen drama and swish--nothin' but net." -- School Library Journal

"This sports/school/domestic drama checks all the boxes. What could be another boilerplate basketball novel benefits from a tight cast of well developed secondary characters who surpass their expected stereotypes." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Funny, gut-wrenching, and spilling over with heart, Hooper is an uplifting breath of joy, and gives us all cause to be hopeful. I loved it!" -- Andrew Smith, Michael L. Printz Honor and New York Times Bestselling author of Winger and Grasshopper Jungle

"Fresh, funny, thoughtful, subversive, and totally absorbing. Book of the year!" -- Robert Lipsyte, Margaret A. Edwards award-winning author of The Contender

"Hooper is a slam dunk! A sports novel with incredible action and tons of heart. I challenge you not to fall in love with these terrific, flawed characters, and just try to put this one down once you start. Impossible." -- Bill Konigsberg, Award-Winning Author of Honestly Ben

"Raw, funny, and deeply honest, Geoff Herbach gifts us a story about the messiness of life and the importance of talking about it--ultimately showing us how to not only trudge through it, but to soar."
-- Gae Polisner, author of In Sight of Stars and The Memory of Things

"Author Geoff Herbach has a remarkable ability to create characters who make us laugh and think, sometimes within the same sentence. Read Hooper and let your self be changed."

-- John Coy, author of Gap Life

"Geoff Herbach captures rural-urban rivalries and the challenges of finding a home." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune