If It Doesn't Kill You by Margaret Bechard

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Ben just started high school-and it's tough but exciting. The sophisticated new girl who has just moved into the house across the street thinks he's a cat murderer. At school Ben's freshman football team is the worst ever, but the coach thinks Ben is so good he just might skip JV and go straight to varsity. And then there's Dad. Everyone knows that Ben's dad was one of the best football players the school has ever had. But no one knows that Ben's dad has just left the family...for another man.

"Bechard's lively style will keep readers turning the pages."-Kirkus Reviews on Really No Big Deal

About Margaret Bechard

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Margaret Bechard is the author of five novels for younger readers, and one other young adult novel, "If It Doesn't Kill You, " which "SLJ" praised for its "healthy dose of humor." She lives in Tigard, Oregon, with her family.
Published June 1, 1999 by Viking Juvenile. 160 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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When Ben’s father went to Willamette View, where Ben is starting as a freshman, he was a killer quarterback.

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It comes as a shock to Ben and his mother when Ben's father, a former high school football star and still a legend in the town, announces he is gay and leaves home to move in with his boyfriend.

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