Teammates (Barber Twins)

by Tiki and Ronde Barber (Author) Barry Root (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Barber Twins

Tiki and Ronde are brothers, best friends, and teammates on the Cave Spring Vikings football team. It's the last preseason game against their arch-rival Knights -- and the football is suddenly knocked out of Tiki's grip. What gives, he thinks, I've always carried the ball this way before. Inspired by Coach Mike, who tells Tiki, "You've gotta believe," Tiki begins secret practice sessions with Ronde in the morning on the way to school. Will it make a difference in the next big game against the Knights?

Based on the childhoods of NFL superstars Tiki and Ronde Barber, this story of determination and of confidence will inspire all who read it.

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-4 The Barbers, both NFL players, present a follow-up to "By My Brothers Side" (2004) and "Game Day" (2005, both S & S). When young Tiki fumbles the football in a preseason practice game, his teammates begin to question his ability as a ball carrier. Coach Mike shows him a better way to hold it and reminds him that Practice makes perfect. Ronde creates a secret Morning Practice Club so his twin can perfect his technique during tackles. When the boys team plays its archrivals, Tiki holds on to the ball in a pileup, bringing the Vikings to victory. While the text is a little long, there is enough action to keep the plot moving along. Tiki and Ronde have a warm, supportive relationship, rare in tales featuring siblings. Roots watercolor-and-gouache full-page paintings in autumn tones, while stiff in some of the action scenes, are warm and accessible. Sports fans will welcome this addition."Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY"

Copyright 2006 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Tiki and Ronde Barber
Tiki Barber is a record-holding retired running back for the New York Giants. He married and is the father of four children.

Ronde Barber is a record-holding cornerback who retired after fifteen seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is one of only two cornerbacks selected to the Pro Bowl five times. He is married with two daughters.

Paul Mantell is the author of more than 100 books for young readers, including books in the Hardy Boys and Matt Christopher series.
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Guided Reading Level
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date
August 20, 2011
Barber Twins
BISAC categories
JUV039000 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | General
JUV032030 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Football
Library of Congress categories
United States
Football players
Barber, Ronde
Barber, Tiki

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