Setting

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This contemporary novel is set in an unnamed town large enough to have league football teams sponsored by local merchants and to support a municipal bus service. It is also small enough for Scott to ride his bike to and from practice and over to the coach's house. Although school...

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This contemporary novel is set in an unnamed town large enough to have league football teams sponsored by local merchants and to support a municipal bus service. It is also small enough for Scott to ride his bike to and from practice and over to the coach's house. Although school is mentioned on occasion, no scene is set there. The action in this novel is strictly extracurricular.

Literary Qualities

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One of Christopher's strong points is his exciting and suspenseful play-by-play sports writing. Each sport has its own vocabulary that Christopher knows and uses. In Tackle Without a Team the author uses terms such as "liz" meaning the left side of the line and "Red Dogged" meaning a sevenman charge through the offensive line. He also uses phrases with which his readers are familiar. "Heart beating like crazy," "like the Jolly Green Giant," "back in the saddle again," and "cooked his own goose" are examples of cliches that work because they are used in dialogue that further develops the characters.

Social Sensitivity

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Scott Kramer knows immediately what type of cigarettes are in his duffel bag, as do the other boys. They have seen marijuana before and know the slang terms for it. It is obviously a part of their culture. Scott was nine years old when he tried smoking a tobacco cigarette. His old girlfriend, who is around fourteen-years-old smokes both types of cigarettes. Christopher does not condone this behavior; he merely gives a realistic portrait of the influences on today's youth.

For Further Reference

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Commire, Anne, ed. Something About the Author. Vol. 47. Detroit: Gale Research, 1987. Christopher explains his method of writing.

Holtze, Sally H., ed. Fifth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1983. Presents an autobiographical sketch of Christopher and his philosophy on writing.

Lesniak, James G., ed. Contemporary Authors. New Revision Series. Vol. 36. Detroit: Gale, 1992. This article contains a brief biography of Christopher and lists his works and awards.

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