Three Clams and an Oyster by Randy Powell

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A four-man flag-football team in need of an Oyster.

Sixteen-year-old Flint McCallister is the captain of a four-man flag-football team called Three Clams and an Oyster. Flint and the other two Clams, Beaterson and Deshutsis, are going to give this season all they’ve got, but, as usual, they’re having Oyster problems. The first Oyster on the team died a couple of years ago. The current one, Cade Savage, is partying too hard and is unreliable. Flint and the Clams are faced with a dilemma: should they stick with their old friend Cade or dump him and go with a new Oyster? And if they dump Cade, who will they get to replace him? Tim Goon, the unknown quantity with the roadkill hairdo? Thor, the nice-guy stoner? Or the girl, Summerfield, who pushes them out of their comfort zone and doesn’t shave her legs?

In searching for an Oyster, Flint and his buddies are forced to reexamine their hallowed traditions and old habits – and to take a hard look at who they are and where they’re going.

About Randy Powell

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Randy Powell is the author of many books for young adults. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Published April 16, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Flint McCallister, captain of the four-man team called Three Clams and an Oyster, faces a dilemma: he has to find a replacement for the "Oyster," irresponsible Cade Savage, who fails to show up for the first game.

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Considering this life of a clam, the name Three Clams suits 16-year-old Flint McCallister and his best friends Rick Beaterson and Dwight Deshutsis perfectly.

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Throughout the book the author focuses on three main characters, all part of a four man flag football team.

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