If there’s one thing to be noted about Catching Jordan, it’s that Kenneally makes football accessible — and even enjoyable — for those who might not ordinarily follow the sport. Her protagonist is a strong-willed female quarterback who’s determined to continue playing during college. Jordan (or “Woods,” as her teammates call her) is a fearless captain and the teamwork and camaraderie that’s so implicit in the story are great takeaways for readers of any age.
Jordan has been one of the boys for as long as she can remember. Captain of her all-male football team, she’s a respected quarterback who’s earned the admiration and loyalty of her teammates. Determined to get a full scholarship to play college football, her attention is solely focused on playing well for recruiters. When Ty Green joins the team as an alternate quarterback, Jordan is thrown. Not only is she threatened by his talent but she can’t deny the connection she has with the new kid in town. Suddenly her focus begins to waver. What — and who — does she really want in her life? (SOURCEBOOKS, Dec., 288 pp., $8.99, ISBN: 9781402262272, PB, 12 & Up)