Last September I was a part of the blog tour for the newest title in the IT’S A NUMBERS GAME! series. I finally had a chance to read the book myself. They just might have saved the best for last with the math behind the popular sport of Football. Previous sports covered included BASKETBALL, SOCCER, and BASEBALL

Seven chapters begin with a look at Football Though the Years. There you can find how football got its start, the NFL today, and basic rules. Then it’s off to learn about passing, running, defense and special teams, the Super Bowl, and finally 10 Crazy Numbers. One of those numbers is 222. The highest scoring game in football history and it happened at the college level in 1916!

Numerous pictures fill the pages with images of stars both past and present. The math is not challenging, but gives readers a deeper understanding of what makes the game tick. I even learned why a quarterback is called a quarterback.

A great gift for the football loving kid.


By the age of ten Eric Zweig was already a budding sports fanatic who was filling his school news books with game reports instead of current events. Eric’s first book, Hockey Night in the Dominion of Canada (1992), was an historical novel set in the early days of professional hockey. He has been working with Dan Diamond and Associates, consulting publisher to the National Hockey League, since 1996. As a freelance writer, Eric is the author or co-author of many non-fiction sports books for adults and children. He is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research and the Society for American Baseball Research. A former member of the Toronto Blue Jays grounds crew, he still has a champagne bottle from the club’s first American League East Division title celebration in 1985.

See all of Eric’s books on GOODREADS or through his author website.


Coming up next week is another edition of MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY! It’s here I share highlights from other individuals blogging about middle grade books. Many of the posts will have reviews, interviews, and tips on writing. Take a look at PAST MMGM POSTS.

It’s easy to join the lineup. All you have to do is email me the title of the book or feature and a link to your blog at gpcolo[at]gmail[dot]com

Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately–and don’t forget to say what you’re featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening (11 PM Eastern Time) in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday.

*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.

About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...always striving to reach the next peak in my life and career.
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  1. carolbaldwin says:

    that comment should have come from my new account. sorry.

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