Cracking the Bell by Herbach
In this stand-alone YA novel from the critically acclaimed author of Hooper, Geoff Herbach reveals the dangerous crisis of concussions in football through the eyes of a high school team captain. A powerful and important story about identity, family, friendship, and love for the game—now in paperback!
Isaiah loves football. In fact, football saved Isaiah’s life, giving him structure and discipline after his sister’s death tore his family apart. Now nothing makes Isaiah happier than setting up the perfect defense and delivering a big hit. But when Isaiah gets knocked out cold on the field, he learns there’s a lot more to lose than football.
While recovering from a concussion, Isaiah wonders what his life would look like without football. All his friends are on the team, and Isaiah knows they can’t win without him. There’s also the scholarship offer from Cornell, which is only on the table if he keeps playing. And without football, what would keep his family together? What would prevent him from sliding back into the habits that nearly destroyed him?
As Isaiah begins to piece his life together with help from unexpected places, he must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice for the sport that gave him everything, even if playing football threatens to take away his future.