Willy the Scrub
It’s hard being different. Everybody in Willy’s family is an athlete—even his mom. And, although Willy wishes he were like the rest of his family, no matter how hard he tries he never seems to be as good as they are. When he hears there’s going to be wrestling try-outs, he and his best friend sign up. Even if they never get to play, they’ll be the best benchwarmers of all time! A hi-lo book for reluctant readers.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Darby Creek ™|
|Reading Counts! Level||2.0|
“McEwan delivers a worthy message about perseverance and sportsmanship. . .tailor-made for reluctant readers.” — Publisher’s Weekly
School Library Journal
“Willy’s vulnerability and his desire for peer acceptance make his story appealing. Writing with humor, McEwan weaves these themes into the narrative in a natural way and endows several supporting characters with refreshingly non-stereotypical traits and interests. Short chapters and a large font make this book a good choice for sports fans from newly independent readers to those already enjoying Matt Christopher.” —School Library Journal
Illustrator: Victor Kennedy
Author: Jamie McEwan
Jamie McEwan is best known in the obscure world of whitewater canoe slalom, having competed internationally for over 20 years. A World Cup champion, he also won a bronze medal in the 1972 Olympics and placed 4th in 1992.Mr. McEwan is married to artist and illustrator Sandra Boynton. They live, write, and paddle in the countryside of Connecticut.