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The Football Girl: 07/02/18
The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring is a middle grade novel about a cross country runner who learns to play flag football over summer and decides to go to football camp. The big THING is that this particular runner is a girl. Meanwhile, her mother is running for mayor and she's expected to help with the campaign.
The story is told from alternating points of view: Tessa Dooley — the would be football girl, and Caleb McCleary, the friend who teaches her how to play. In all honesty, I was more interested in Tessa's story than in Caleb's. We don't need him to validate her right to participate.
The plot with the mother running for mayor and having no time for anything else is reminiscent of The Unexpected Everything, minus the dog walking.