Hi everyone, it’s Monday again-already! Time seems to be whizzing by me in my current befuddled and overwhelmed state. *Sigh* Ok, mini-pity party over. Moving right along. I had this idea last week for a series of blog posts that will hopefully get some of my teen readers involved. It needs a clever name and some clever participants, but my idea is to pair books with snack recipes. I plan to pitch my idea to my Teen Pizza Pagers on Wednesday and wanted to have a sample to show them. This week I present Pop by Gordon Korman with a side of Kettle Corn.
Easy Homemade Kettle Corn
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
salt to taste
1. Heat oil in a large pot with a lid over medium heat
2. Add 3 kernels of corn and cover
3. When the kernels pop, quickly stir in sugar and add remaining corn
4. Replace lid and listen for kernels to start popping
5. Once popping begins remove pot from heat and shake to prevent burning, return to stove
6. Repeat until popping begins to slow
7. Pour into a bowl and salt to taste
8. Take your snack and Pop by Gordon Korman to a cozy spot and enjoy!
Marcus Jordan is the new kid in town. Friendless and determined to earn a spot on the high school’s champion football team, he starts practicing alone in the park. He is soon joined by Charlie, a charismatic and odd middle-aged prankster who knows a lot about football. The unusual pair quickly develop a camaraderie, but when Charlie’s behavior becomes more unpredictable, Marcus learns the surprising truth about his new friend. Charlie is Charlie Popovich the former NFL star whose brutal tackling earned him the nickname “The King of Pop” and he is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s. Marcus is not sure how to deal with this news, but he does know that he may have to defy Charlie’s family in order to do what is best for his friend.
Here are the things I loved about the book:
1. The head cheerleader knows as much, if not more, about football than the players
2. Adults are present and active in the lives of the teens
3. It’s funny (I must admit, I love a good prank) and sad, but also hopeful and positive
4. High-stakes football action
5. There’s something for everyone. Give this book to teens who enjoy sports, football, and stories about unlikely friendships.
There it is, a book and a bite. I hope my teens with help me out and share their favorite recipes and books.
Happy Reading (and eating)!