The Super Bowl: Football's Game of the Year (The Big Game)

by Matt Scheff (Author)

The Super Bowl: Football's Game of the Year (The Big Game)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: The Big Game
At the end of every season, football fans watch the Super Bowl to see the top teams in the NFL (National Football League) battle for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The biggest game of the year has a culture of its own, from dazzling halftime shows to hilarious TV commercials. Dive into the Super Bowl's long history of epic football face-offs, nail-biting comebacks, and unbelievable upsets, and discover why each game keeps fans talking for years to come.

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Sports' biggest showdowns are detailed in this star-studded series. Readers will enjoy learning how teams end up in the finals and championship games before reliving triumphant moments, such as Brandi Chastain's winning penalty kick in the 1999 Women's World Cup. Short bios of top players, including WNBA star Maya Moore and NFL kicker Adam Vinatieri, highlight skill and talent. Fan culture is thoroughly discussed, with the focus on team pride and how sports can unify. There are funny tidbits. For instance, The Stanley Cup Finals discusses how the trophy is brought on a 100-day tour by the winning team's players. They partake in normal but sometimes silly activities with the cup, such as bringing it on a roller coaster. The writing flows easily, and the series uses a simple layout, which keeps readers engaged. VERDICT Recommended for school and public libraries.


A memorable and thought-provoking work of sportswriting that transcends the excitement of championship games.

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Guided Reading Level
Lerner Publications (Tm)
Publication date
August 20, 2020
The Big Game
BISAC categories
JNF025210 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States/20th Century
JNF025140 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | Modern
JNF054050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Football
Library of Congress categories
United States
Football players
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Sports & Recreation / F

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