Maverick Mania

Sunday, June 29, 2014
“You don’t think he knows we’re following him?”
“Impossible,” I answered. “We’re just another set of headlights.”
Five seconds. Charlie Riggins suddenly stepped onto the highway with a flashlight, waving his arms to stop us. Steve slammed on the brakes. “Now what?” I didn’t answer. I was too busy diving into the backseat. Unlike Steve, I was wearing our soccer team sweats. Mr. Riggins might not recognize me, but he’d know the team uniform. “Now what?” Steve repeated. “Stop,” I said, getting down on the floor and pulling a smelly blanket over me. “Like you would for any guy waving you down. Tell him you’re on your way to Parker, and you’ll get help from him there. What’s he going to do pull a gun?”

Book: Maverick Mania (Orca Sports) by Sigmund Brouwer, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1998/2008

Genre: Sports Fiction
Target Audience: Boys 13-16
Subjects: Child Abuse, Soccer, Friendship
Summary: Their star soccer play is just gone. No one really knows why. He simply hasn’t shown up for the past couple games. Something weird is up and Matt knows it. As he begins his investigations he realizes that it’s even more serious than he though. Caleb isn’t just grounded for a bad grade, he’s being held captive by an abusive father. As Matt and his family and friends dig deeper into Caleb’s past they find some extremely suspicious information that may indicate Caleb’s very life is in danger. Matt is determined to rescue Caleb, but it will mean risking his own life!
Notes: Maverick Mania is one of the Sports Mystery Series. This one is about a middle school soccer player who investigates a mystery surrounding another member of the team. By the end of the story he has unveiled a cover up of an entire family’s disappearance and the near murder of three members of the soccer team. There isn’t much of anything for spiritual elements in this story. There is one section where Matt remembers his dad saying he could pray about anything so Matt prays briefly and feels better. That’s all the spiritual content though. It’s just a fast paced mystery story with sports scenes.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 1/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Matthew 25:40 –"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'


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