Reviews for Cover-up : Mystery at the Super Bowl


AudioFile Reviews 2008 June/July
Fourteen-year-old reporters Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson solve their third sports mystery, which features a steroid cover-up at the Super Bowl, a story that certainly relates to recent news events. It's typical of YA books that the sleuthing heroes are given unrealistically adult privileges, but there are enough action and sports celebs to carry the tale. Feinstein has many talents--he knows sports, he's privy to inside sports stories, and he even has a journalistic style that works fairly well for the mystery. Narration, however, is not one of his gifts. His deliver is so flat that a narration coach should bench him. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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School Library Journal Reviews 2008 April

Gr 5-8-- Popular sports writer John Feinstein narrates his third middle-school sports mystery (Knopf, 2007). Fourteen-year-old amateur sleuths and sports columnists Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson head to the Super Bowl. When a drunken team doctor tries to impress Susan Carol by telling her the players "couldn't live without his shots," they are quickly embroiled in a mystery to uncover whether the offensive line of the California Dreams football team are involved in illegal steroid use. While the plot is formulaic and the dialogue often falls flat, the fast moving action and frequent sports talk make this a good choice for football fans and reluctant readers.--Karen T. Bilton, Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Rocky Hill, NJ

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