Fall 2020

Long Bomb

From the Series Lorimer Sports Stories

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Ed used to dream of being a receiver. At fourteen, Ed wishes he could play for his High Mustangs team—but he worries that he’s too tall and too skinny. Tyrone, the quarterback, teases Ed about his build, and his crush on Tyrone’s girlfriend Zara and one day at practice throws a ball at Ed’s head. Ed’s instincts kick in and he makes the catch! Ed joins the team as back-up receiver, but Tyrone won’t pass to Ed. The big game against their rival team leaves Ed wondering if Tyrone will throw to him, and if he does, can Ed catch a pass and make his dreams of being a football hero come true? Follow the action in this adventurous high/low middle grade story.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Fiction, High/Low
Category Sports
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lorimer & Company, Ltd.
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 160
Publication Date 2020-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039100, JUV039140, JUV032030
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5 x 7.75
Lexile 600
Features Reviewed and Teaching Guides


School Library Journal

“The in-depth game play will attract sports fans . . . The books also skillfully take on relevant issues including racial discrimination, economic disparities, and mental illness.”—School Library Journal

Author: Eric Howling

Eric Howling is the author of ten books including Head Hunter, Red Zone Rivals, Hoop Magic, and Run and Gun in the Lorimer Sports Stories series.

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Lorimer Sports Stories

Realistic, action-packed sports stories for reluctant middle-grade readers. Each book covers a contemporary theme—like bullying, friendship or prejudice—set against the backdrop of a specific sport. Books feature both boy and girl characters in grades 6 to 9, many from diverse… View available downloads →