Wild Card

Wild Card

For Ages: 8 - 12
From NFL superstars Tiki and Ronde Barber, a story of teamwork and determination—in the classroom as well as on the field.

The eighth-grade season couldn’t be going better for the Barbers’ team, the Hidden Valley Egales. Everything is off to a strong start—until one of the key players on the team is benched for academic probation. Without good grades there is no playing time. No exceptions. Ever. Will the team’s hopes for the season be demolished, or can they find a way to help their teammate get his grades up? Fortunately for the Barber brothers, it turns out that the team that plays together can study together too.
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  • Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416968597 | 
  • July 2012 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7 | 
  • Lexile 740
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Ronde Barber heard the warning, shouted by his twin brother, Tiki, from the sidelines.

Like he didn’t know. He was already backpedaling as Harrison Hochberg, star receiver for the Jefferson Junior High Panthers, ran straight at him.

Hochberg’s red number 99, outlined in bright yellow, stood out from the black of his Jefferson Panthers jersey. 99—as in “miles per hour.” Ronde knew he had to keep pace, because this kid was fast. Really fast.

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