Reviews for Cover-up : Mystery at the Super Bowl
Booklist Reviews 2007 September #1
The third outing for precocious teen reporters Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson finds the intrepid pair transformed into TV personalities, stars of a cable talk show called Kid Sports. On the eve of the Super Bowl, however, Steve is fired (the network wants to pair sexy-beyond-her-years Susan Carol with a twentysomething rock star). Steve still has a newspaper gig, though, so the pair reunite at the Super Bowl, where, of course, they stumble on yet another scandal, as they did in Last Shot (2005) and Vanishing Act (2006). Feinstein doesn't try to pretend that his premise is even remotely realistic--even the kids laugh at the odds of two teens ferreting out the biggest stories at the biggest sports events in the country--and once the reader suspends a few gallons of disbelief, this series delivers an entertaining mix of mystery, insider detail (including cameos by big-name sports media figures), and ripped-from-the-headlines subject matter (the scandal this time deals with steroid-taking offensive linemen). Good fun for younger teen sports fans willing to go with the formula. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2007 #5
Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson (first introduced in Last Shot), co-anchors of "Kid-Sports" on USTV, are planning to cover the Super Bowl when Stevie is unceremoniously dumped from the program. Stevie convinces Susan Carol to stay on and gets a job at the Herald, filing human-interest stories at the big event. Like their literary forebears Frank and Joe Hardy and Nancy Drew, Stevie and Susan Carol stumble on some shady dealings, have all kinds of insider doors opened for them by adults who instinctively sense their expertise, and meet any situation with astounding competency. Together the junior sleuths investigate a scheme to hide steroid use and along the way expose the financial and moral issues such practices raise. The fast-paced action propels the plot, but the array of superstars (some faux, some real) and Feinstein's ease with the sports milieu create a glamorous background for this undemanding but satisfying read. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2007 July #1
As 14-year-old Steve heads to Indianapolis to cover the Super Bowl with fellow reporter Susan Carol Anderson, Bill Thomas tells his son, "Just promise me you won't get into any trouble this week." But when they get to Indianapolis, they uncover a plot to cover up drug tests failed by the offensive line of the California Dreams, and the junior Woodward and Bernstein face a nervous quarterback, a drunken letch, an outraged owner of the Dreams and hired thugs trying to get the reporters to back off. The third of Feinstein's sports mysteries, after Last Shot (2005) and Vanishing Act (2006), this has become an enjoyable formula. The pace is brisk, readers get to rub shoulders with sports celebrities, there's more than a hint of romance between Steve and Susan Carol and the story ends with a moral: "The truth will bring the bad guys down." Sure to be a hit with sports fans, who will look forward to future installments hinted at on the final page: a scandal at the Olympics? The World Series? (Fiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 July #4
Fourteen-year-old investigative journalists Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, previously seen in Last Shot and Vanishing Act, are back in John Feinstein's Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl. This time the duo trades the worlds of basketball and tennis for professional football as they try to expose a drug scandal. (Knopf, $16.99 304p ages 10-up ISBN 9780-375-84247-4; Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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 [Page 77]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2007 December
Gr 7 Up-- Stevie and Susan Carol, both 14, are famous sports-TV reporters. Now covering the Super Bowl, they stumble into an even bigger story: five offensive linemen have failed their steroid tests and there has been a huge conspiracy to cover it up. Even allowing for the unlikely scenario of 14-year-olds having a national audience and impeccable journalistic skills, this story falls short. It requires a base of knowledge of sports figures that some readers may lack, leaving them to try to sort out an array of characters who are not effectively described. Still, the teens are well crafted and the villains are extraordinary. Cover-Up will appeal to well-versed sports aficionados, but for a guaranteed winner highlighting steroid abuse, stick with Robert Lipsyte's Raiders Night (HarperTempest, 2006).--Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL [Page 126]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
VOYA Reviews 2007 August
Susan Carol and Stevie are back after solving mysteries at the U.S. Open and the Final Four tournament in Feinstein's Vanishing Act (2006/VOYA October 2006) and Last Shot (Knopf, 2005/VOYA February 2005). Now they are scheduled to go to Indianapolis to cover the Super Bowl in their role as reporters for a kids' sports show. Stevie, however, receives some unwelcome news before he can depart for Indy: He is being replaced on the television show. Susan Carol's new partner will be one of the lead singers of a popular boy band. Stevie is devastated, and Susan Carol vows to walk off the job. She must fulfill her contract at least for now. Stevie, fortunately, is invited to come to Indianapolis by his newspaper reporter friend Bobby, who secures him a press pass. When Stevie and Susan Carol stumble across a potential scandal, they must again play the role of teen sleuths to get to the truth. That puts their lives and even the Super Bowl game in a precarious situation. Can they expose this cover-up without coming to harm or ruining the reputation of some of the key players Feinstein knows and understands his audience. Reluctant readers, especially those who love football, will find this book a compelling read. The short chapters seem to rush the action along, much as rushes on a football field, at a breakneck pace. Chapter titles are sports terms that signal the action to be covered in the next several pages. Certainly every teen with NFL or ESPN dreams will appreciate Feinstein's latest sports mystery.-Teri S. Lesesne PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-375-94247-1. 4Q 4P M J Copyright 2007 Voya Reviews.