There's a Girl in My Hammerlock
I'LL START WITH SIMETHING THAT MAY SURPRISE YOU. WHAT I REALLY WANTED IN JUNIOR HIGH WAS TO BE A CHEERLEADER. IF I HAD MADE IT, ALL THIS WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED....
Maisie Potter isn't quite sure why she signed up for the boys' wrestling team. She's never been all that interested in boys, so it can't have anything to do with Eric Delong, in spite of the disturbing effect his smile has on her. And she's certainly not prepared for the effect her presence on the team has on the people around her.
Her brother's totally disgusted with her, her best friend drops her, her classmates ridicule her, and opposing teams forfeit rather than wrestle her. But Maisie's not a quitter, and she discovers that she really likes wrestling -- and that while Eric might not be worth the flak she puts up with, feeling good about herself is.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing
Probably not Spinelli's best, but still a fun read. Maisie is both athletic and a real girl, and her family is fascinating. Unfortunately there were a few cardboard characters - but a reader could say ... Read full review
THERE'S A GIRL IN MY HAMMERLOCKUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Eighth-grader Maisie Potter's motives for going out for wrestling are mixed: though she was designated last year's best athlete, she hasn't made the cheerleading squad; and ninth-grader Eric, whom she ... Read full review