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Losers Take All

Losers Take All

A Novel

David Klass

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


In this table-turning novel about the thrill of defeat and the agony of victory, the new rule at Jack Logan's sports-crazy New Jersey high school is that all kids must play on a team. So Jack and a ragtag group of anti-athletic friends decide to get even. They are going to start a rebel JV soccer team whose mission is to avoid victory at any cost, setting out to secretly undermine the jock culture of the school. But as the team's losing formula becomes increasingly successful at attracting fans and attention, Jack and his teammates are winning in ways they never expected-and don't know how to handle.


The scoreboard had been designed in Japan, and our town had bought it a year ago to record Fremont’s glorious football victories and track triumphs. From the bleachers where I stood with seven hundred screaming students...

Praise for Losers Take All

“Klass creates an uproarious soccer spectacle that's fun to imagine, but it's the message behind this underdog team, one of acceptance and forgiveness, that will stick with readers after the Losers play their final heroic game.” —Publishers Weekly

“The depiction of jock culture at 'Muscles' High is disturbingly accurate, and Jack's and Becca's familial struggles are well-played. There is a lot to like here: humor, social commentary, and what it means to be a winner.” —Kirkus Reviews

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David Klass

David Klass is an acclaimed screenwriter of such movies as Walking Tall and Desperate Measures, and is the author of many popular YA novels, including Second Impact, co-written with his sister, Perri Klass, and Grandmaster. He lives in New York City.

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