The Compulsive Reader: Screwball by Keri Mikulski

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Screwball by Keri Mikulski

In the spirit of spring and April's baseball themed Book of the Month, here's is another fantastic sports read!

Ashley Clarke knows what it's like to be under pressure. She's an athlete that plays on three different sports teams during the school year. That, on top of school work and trying to have a social life, keeps her awfully busy. And it only adds up when Ashley gets a boyfriend and feels pressured to spend more time with him, in between dodging Christy, a teammate who seems to hate her without reason. Ashley will have to find a way to juggle everything that's going on, and at the same time stay true to herself—something a lot easier said than done.

This novel speaks sports. Though dense with sports talk, strategy, and suspense, Screwball will appeal to both athletes and non-sports players alike. Ashley is tough, determined, and yet appropriately girly at the same time, making her someone that high school girls especially can relate to. This is one book ideal for the reluctant reader who lives and breathes any sort of sport. You don't need to go to the big game to experience all that fun and excitement—just grab some peanuts and this fast paced and entertaining read!


max said...


I grew up as a reluctant reader. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for boys 8 and up, that kids hate to put down. My web site is at http://www.maxbooks.9k.com and my Books for Boys blog is at http://booksandboys.blogspot.com
Ranked by Accelerated Reader

Thank you,

Max Elliot Anderson

Chelsie said...

Great review!

If you're interested in reading a really good sports related book, I'd recommend Deadline by Chris Crutcher. I could loosely describe it as a guy's book, but it was recommended to me by two female librarians, and I'm a girl and I happened to absolutely love it, so I *think* you'd like it too...


Keri Mikulski said...

Wow! Thanks for the review! At one time a reluctant reader myself, it's so awesome to receive emails from teens who say they usually don't like novels, but picked up SCREWBALL, loved it, and are looking for more teen books to read. With so many amazing YA books out there right now, there is something for everyone. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Mrs. Mikulski, its robert from your 7th grade language arts class and i just heard you published a book! I'll probably read it and I just wanted to wish you luck with your novels!

Keri Mikulski said...

Wow! Hi, Robert!! I hope all is well and thanks.. I'm trying to figure out a date to visit Harrington. Hope to see you soon! ;)