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Using the tips, truths, and stats they explore in their New York Times bestseller Scorecasting, two dads pack super sports savvy and important math and financial concepts into a fun and heartwarming first novel for kids.
New kid Mitch Sloan wants to fit in, but his nerdy love of statistics and making money isn't winning him any friends in his sports-loving town--until he finds the perfect way to attain instant popularity. But running a football betting ring at school eventually turns sour, and Mitch loses the only real friend he's made. He'll have to win her back by using his brainpower for good and helping the school football team achieve victory--if they'll listen to the advice of a former bookie!
Seventh-grader Mitch Sloan loves sports, though his football knowledge doesn't extend to actual athletic prowess. Mitch's family has just moved to Indiana, and although his parents' art shop is off to a slow start, they refuse Mitch's business advice, another area of his expertise ("I want to be the next Warren Buffett," he tells readers). Mitch's new best friend, a girl named Jamie, is a football expert, too, and together they start a middle-school betting ring, which is eventually found out. In their first book for children, Wertheim and Moskowitz, the writing team behind Scorecasting, create a relatable protagonist in Mitch and a fun venue for readers to learn a bit about business, football, and math. Mitch's struggles with bullying are realistic, as are his relationships with his parents and older brother. While Mitch's explanations of various statistical concepts can take on a lecturing tone, overall this story hits its mark and should intrigue readers with information about how number-crunching can make an impact on the gridiron. Ages 8 12.