Kendall is football town, and Jerry Downing is the high school’s star quarterback, working to redeem himself after he nearly killed a girl in a drunk driving accident last year. Carla Jenson, lead reporter for the school newspaper’s sports section, has recruited Jerry to co-author a blog chronicling the season from each of their perspectives. When Jerry’s best friend on the team takes a hit too hard and gets hurt, Carla wonders publicly if injury in the game comes at too high a cost in a player’s life—but not everyone in Kendall wants to hear it. . . .
David Klass and Perri Klass’s Second Impact is an action-packed story that will resonate with readers who have been following recent news stories about football injuries.
“What is exceptional is the penetrating look at high-school football culture he provides via the school newspaper’s sports blog. . . . Klass and Klass still deliver a highly engaging, timely, and thought-provoking read.” —Booklist
“The authors, an acclaimed writer for teens and a doctor well-known for her medical journalism, do a remarkable job incorporating both riveting sports action and sobering medical facts in the narrative. . . . Will resonate with aspiring journalists and teen sports fans alike.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Fans of sports novels and contemporary issues will find the story riveting.” —Publishers Weekly
“Written by a YA veteran with his sister, a pediatrician and medical writer, the book is highly topical and rich with current research.” —School Library Journal