for Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg
Bobby Framingham is a successful high school quarterback who dreams of recruitment to Stanford before turning pro. Bobby’s a confident guy who wishes that he could be honest with his teammates and family about his sexuality, but he worries that being openly gay could jeopardize his athletic future. He’s done his research, and he knows that there has never been a publicly gay player in the history of the NFL. After coming out to his best friend, he’s relieved that Austin seems okay—kind of—with the information. As it turns out, Austin can’t keep the news to himself, and others on the team aren’t so accepting. Eventually Bobby’s secret is exposed in the school newspaper, which leads to national coverage. Reactions from peers, family, fans, and the media range from homophobic intolerance to unexpected support. This tumultuous stage of Bobby’s life is both exacerbated and put in perspective when his father is diagnosed with lymphoma. Bobby struggles to master new skills on the field that require him to function “out of the pocket,” at the same time as he is forced to leave his comfort zone in the real world. Ultimately it appears that Bobby will bring his winning ways to both arenas. (Age 13 and older)
CCBC Choices 2009. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2009. Used with permission.
Star quarterback Bobby Framingham, one of the most talented high school football players in California, knows he?s different from his teammates. They?re like brothers, but they don?t know one essential thing: Bobby is gay. Can he still be one of the guys and be honest about who he is? When he?s outed against his will by a student reporter, Bobby must find a way to earn back his teammates? trust and accept that his path to success might be more public, and more difficult, than he?d hoped. An affecting novel about identity that also delivers great sportswriting.
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