Don't Throw It to Mo! (Mo Jackson #1)

by David A Adler (Author) Sam Ricks (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Mo Jackson

Mo may not be the biggest, the strongest, or the fastest football player, but he won't let that stop him from playing!

The Geisel Award Winning reader from David Adler is now in Step into Reading! Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a butterfingers who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins. Step 2 readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories. They are perfect for children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help.

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K-Gr 2—Mo loves football so much that his mother wakes him up every morning for school by throwing him a forward pass. He participates in a neighborhood football team in which most of the kids are older, but Mo practices every day and keeps coach Steve company on the bench cheering for his team. Sometimes his coach works with Mo even though the boy doesn't play. One day, things change for Mo; coach Steve puts him in the game. No one expects him to play well, and the other team doesn't try to challenge him. Then one special play saves the game, and Mo wins it for his team. This beginning reader is well designed with bold colors and cartoon illustrations to provide new readers with context clues that support the story. Simple sentences and in-depth plot support key details providing material for strong comprehension to support fluency. VERDICT An engaging sports title with ethnically diverse characters, recommended for all early reader collections.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
David A Adler
David A. Adler is a former math teacher and author of more than two hundred picture books, biographies, and mysteries for children, including the Cam Jansen series and his Picture Book Biography Of... series. His many celebrated history books include Heroes of the Revolution, A Picture Book of Alexander Hamilton, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, and A Picture Book Of Benjamin Franklin.

John O'Brien has illustrated over one hundred picture books, including Washington D.C. from A-Z, which was named an ILA Teacher's Choice Title. He has also done illustrations and cartoons for such publications as the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, and Highlights for Kids magazine. John lives in New Jersey.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780593432341
Lexile Measure
470L
Guided Reading Level
I
Publisher
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
June 20, 2021
Series
Mo Jackson
BISAC categories
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV011010 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JUV032030 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Football
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