The Carlisle Indians did that.”, “Lehigh caught on, but still couldn’t stop the drive. But as with Sheinkin's other titles, he's picked a topic I knew very little about and turned it into a great read. My 13-year-old is reading it and he's loving it too. As Carlisle bashed in for another score, lineman William Garlow entertained the defense with his running commentary. I was breathless and nervous through every football game recounted and fascinated by how rough and dangerous the game was and how it evolved. A fairly quick read and a great summary of Carlisle Indian School, coach "Pop" Warner, and Jim Thorpe. He is REALLY into sports, and particularly football. Fantastic non-fiction book that tackles (see what I did there?) King Gustav V, presented Jim Thorpe with his Olympic medals and a bust of himself, the King. I did love that this book is a biography and non-fiction, as I am always looking for good non-fiction, especially for my readers who like sports and lean towards true stories. He read this book in five days and loved every minute of it. I also am not a football fan. Undefeated reveals much of Jim Thorpe's athletic ability but also of his character. Readers will also learn how Indians were treated by the U.S. government during that difficult time in expanding the country. I'm not huge into sports, but that didn't matter, everything in this book was fascinating, from the beginnings of football, the ill treatment of Native Americas to the awful boarding schools forced on many of their children that wiped out language, dress, and cultural ties to their heritage; this book was a sports and history lesson rolled into one. If you like football, you probably already know some of the background of the sport, which almost died early in the late 19th/early 20th century when a number of young men died while 'playing' the game. I can see why the kids like this- compelling story sharing a bit of American history I was not very familiar with. “Harvard coach Bill Reid would later credit Teddy Roosevelt with saving football. Great read, having been born & raised in Oklahoma ... Commenté aux États-Unis le 26 juillet 2017. the forward pass, the single wing, the motion back) in the late 1800's and early 1900's than any book you are likely to read. Steve Sheinkin always has a way of making nonfiction interesting and accessible. I am not a fan of college or professional football, but I decided to read this book about football before the razzle-dazzle, big money, and prima donnas took over. I do not think so but there should be one. I had heard of Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner but I didn't really know diddly squat about them, let alone anything about the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. I read this aloud with my 14 year old son. James Francis « Jim » Thorpe (en Sauk et Fox : Wa Tho Huck, « Sentier Brillant »), né le 28 mai 1888 à Prague dans l'Oklahoma et mort le 28 mars 1953 à Lomita en Californie, était un joueur et un dirigeant de football américain, un joueur de baseball et de basket-ball, un athlète et un acteur américain d'ascendance blanche et amérindienne. I also loved that it looks at the history of US government sponsored massacres, residential schools, and systemic racism through the eyes of someone who lived it. I would classify this as an excellent young-adult book, highly recommended. Choisir vos préférences en matière de cookies . Fascinating story that will inspire readers to become heroes like Jim Thorpe. This largely includes the football team but also other jobs he did when he temporarily "dropped out" of school, his travels, his family, the olympics, and life after those events. I haven't been interested in football since the Dallas Cowboys won the Super Bowl in 1972, but I was riveted to this narrative nonfiction about the athlete of the 20th Century, Jim Thorpe, and the rise and evolution of football brought about by the Carlisle Indians in the early 1900s. Even though it's written for high school kids who don't like reading - kids like Jim Thorpe - it will tell you more about the origins of modern football (e.g. Jim said, "Thanks, King.". The Olympics? January 17th 2017 In my opinion, more effective than Most Dangerous and The Port Chicago 50. So many connections I didn't know about! I can't predict other people's reactions, but I expect this will be much discussed by the Mock Newbery crowd.