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Lessons of the game
Bertrand, Diane Gonzales.
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Publication Information:
Houston, TX : Piñata Books/Arte Publico Press, 1998.
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149 pages ; 22 cm
Romance blossoms when student teacher Kaylene finds that the handsome Alex, a friend from her past, is a football coach at her new school, but she fears that his busy schedule will not let him spend any time with her.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.4 6.0 35013.
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Popular young-adult author Diane Gonzales Bertrand has scored a touchdown with this story of student teacher Kaylene Morales and her surprise reunion with old friend Alex Garrison, now a coach and fellow instructor at Leon Creek High School. Teenaged readers will rapidly become immersed in enjoyable scenes of football games, pizza dinners, school parties, family arguments, and locker-room banter. At the same time, they may find themselves pondering such dilemmas as the conflicts between athletic and academic demands and between professional duties and personal aspirations.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-10. As Kaylene Morales debuts as a student teacher at Leon Creek High in San Antonio, who should be on staff but handsome bachelor, freshman football coach and PE instructor Alex Garrison, an old family friend she hasn't seen in several years. Supervising teacher Mrs. Dunn will be a tough one to please, Kaylene knows, and getting grammar and Shakespeare through to reluctant adolescents will test her abilities. Would a romance with a coach just get in the way? Would it even be appropriate? Nature takes its course, however, and the two fall into a cautious relationship that rapidly turns both serious and bumpy. As a possible future wife, Kaylene needs to assess whether she can tolerate the work schedule of a Texas football coach--yes, even at the high-school level. With helpful guidance and soul searching, both young people find their way to a commitment, and all ends well. Romance in style, albeit with a heavy-handed tone about important decisions and the nature of love. Teens will enjoy the high-school athlete "no pass, no play" incidents and various classroom and football field scenes. The Hispanic setting and characters help fill a void in YA romance. --Anne O'Malley

Publisher's Weekly Review

Reminiscent of 1950s career-girl romances, Bertrand's (Sweet Fifteen) pat and squeaky-clean novel shares the trials and tribulations of Kaylene Morales, student teacher. Entering the halls of Leon Creek High School dressed in a sensible blue suit, Kaylene is not prepared for the fight between two freshman girls that greets her in the hallway. Nor does she plan to fall in love with the first seasoned teacher who crosses her path‘"brawny and powerful" Coach Alex Garrison, who helps her break up the brawl. There are more surprises in store for the protagonist than for readers, who will never doubt for a moment that the dedicated teacher will find a way to reach her students and win her man despite his busy coaching schedule ("She felt a deep competition with a hard-hearted wench she called football"). Kaylene's dilemmas‘balancing friendliness with professionalism and finishing her unit on connectives in time for the final exam‘are interspersed with her daydreams of becoming a coach's wife ("Was this the future she wanted? Gathering with others to complain while your husband watched films of games his team lost?"). Riddled with cliché phrases and stock characters, this story will only score points with die-hard fans of a genre that peaked in the days when Elvis was king. Ages 11-up. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved