by Joe Griffith
Yorktown Press, $12.95; for ages 8–12
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When fifth-grader Benny Whitley messes up a football play by passing the ball to player number 81 instead of 18, Coach Watkins realizes that Benny has dyslexia — just like him.
Readers learn about dyslexia as Coach explains it to Benny, and to his father, who thinks the boy is simply lazy. When his dad finally allows Benny to get special help at school, the youngster earns his best grades ever, his self-esteem improves—and his relationship with his parents changes forever.