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"New York Times" bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein investigates a covert op at the Army-Navy football game in this exciting sports mystery. The Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of Navy have met on the football field since 1890, and it's a rivalry like no other, filled with tradition. Teen sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol have been busy at West Point "New York Times" bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein investigates a covert op at the Army-Navy football game in this exciting sports mystery. The Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of Navy have met on the football field since 1890, and it's a rivalry like no other, filled with tradition. Teen sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol have been busy at West Point and Annapolis, getting to know the players and coaches--and the Secret Service agents. Since the president will be attending the game, security will be tighter than tight. Weeks and months have been spent on training and planning and reporting to get them all to this moment. But when game day arrives, the refs aren't the only ones crying foul. . . . John Feinstein has been praised as "the best writer of sports books in America today" ("The Boston Globe"), and he proves it again in this fast-paced novel.


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"New York Times" bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein investigates a covert op at the Army-Navy football game in this exciting sports mystery. The Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of Navy have met on the football field since 1890, and it's a rivalry like no other, filled with tradition. Teen sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol have been busy at West Point "New York Times" bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein investigates a covert op at the Army-Navy football game in this exciting sports mystery. The Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of Navy have met on the football field since 1890, and it's a rivalry like no other, filled with tradition. Teen sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol have been busy at West Point and Annapolis, getting to know the players and coaches--and the Secret Service agents. Since the president will be attending the game, security will be tighter than tight. Weeks and months have been spent on training and planning and reporting to get them all to this moment. But when game day arrives, the refs aren't the only ones crying foul. . . . John Feinstein has been praised as "the best writer of sports books in America today" ("The Boston Globe"), and he proves it again in this fast-paced novel.

30 review for The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game

  1. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    A chapter or two in, The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game already feels different from the previous four books of the Sports Beat series. Switching between the moments right before kickoff at the 2010 Army-Navy college football game, and the controversial week leading up to it, the story reveals that teen sports reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are on the trail of two big stories, one of which could affect United States national security. Having been played almost every yea A chapter or two in, The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game already feels different from the previous four books of the Sports Beat series. Switching between the moments right before kickoff at the 2010 Army-Navy college football game, and the controversial week leading up to it, the story reveals that teen sports reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are on the trail of two big stories, one of which could affect United States national security. Having been played almost every year since 1890, the Army-Navy game is steeped in tradition, a reality that Stevie and Susan Carol grow to understand as they take a deep dive into the culture of the teams. The Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen rarely attract top NFL prospects, but the schools are passionate about the rivalry, and Stevie and Susan Carol get caught up in it as they stand sideline to report on the final game before Army and Navy play each other this year in Washington, D.C. Stevie's first encounter with an Army football game is relatively normal. However, the stakes elevate when Pete Dowling, a Secret Service operative whose job is to keep President Barack Obama safe at next week's Army-Navy game, shows signs of concern. He declines comment, but Stevie uses his reporter's wits to learn that a possible threat to the president has been traced to the father of two brothers, one of whom plays for Army and the other for Navy. How serious is it? That same weekend at the Navy game, Susan Carol falls into her own web of intrigue when a series of highly questionable officiating calls tilts the game's outcome in favor of Notre Dame. Stung by what she considers an unfair loss for Navy, Susan Carol writes a piece criticizing the game officials and questioning their motives, but she faces public recrimination from a representative of the conference's football officials. Right or wrong, Susan Carol has become part of the story, and the same officiating crew she complained about is slated to call the Army-Navy game. Any whiff of a plot to harm the president is taken seriously by the Secret Service, and Pete Dowling has his work cut out as game day approaches. Stevie and Susan Carol happily reunite in D.C., and as they compare what they each witnessed last week, they realize this game has a lot of extra drama surrounding it. Is there a conspiracy against President Obama, or just a few disgruntled voters blowing off steam? Advised as always by adult journalists Bobby Kelleher and Tamara Mearns, Stevie and Susan Carol tread carefully, not wanting to compromise national security. As Army and Navy take the field for the game, it seems most of the controversy is behind them...until Stevie gets a hunch that something isn't right with the officiating crew. They're blowing calls at a worse rate than the Notre Dame game, seemingly on purpose. Can the rot be excised and the game restored to its rightful place of excitement and glory for the two military schools? Our pair of intrepid young reporters will do everything in their power to ensure it. This book's narrative structure is notably different from the previous four, but that's not the only dissimilarity. The Rivalry feels like a passion project for John Feinstein, a story he made up his mind to write perhaps even before deciding it would be part of the Sports Beat series. Stevie and Susan Carol's involvement is much more than a token, but isn't on the same level as prior novels about them. I'm disappointed by the way the Secret Service storyline fizzles out, and the "evidence" that prompts Stevie to request an investigation into the other illegal scheme is tenuous at best, but there are a few moments that remind us why we love experiencing major sporting events alongside Stevie and Susan Carol. For that, I round my one-and-a-half-star rating to two, and I look ahead with some sadness to the finale of this series, Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics. I'll miss Stevie and Susan Carol when their story arc is over.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Luca H

    I really enjoyed this book! I thought this book really makes you want to read, and learn about the history of the Army-Navy Game. Reading this book gave me a great understanding on the players of both teams, and how life is, being in the Military. The story is about a 14-year-old girl named Susan Collins Anderson, and a boy named Stevie, who set out to right a newspaper on the rivalry of the Navy-Army game. Susan visits Naval Academy, and rights a report on how Midshipmen live. Susan also, gets I really enjoyed this book! I thought this book really makes you want to read, and learn about the history of the Army-Navy Game. Reading this book gave me a great understanding on the players of both teams, and how life is, being in the Military. The story is about a 14-year-old girl named Susan Collins Anderson, and a boy named Stevie, who set out to right a newspaper on the rivalry of the Navy-Army game. Susan visits Naval Academy, and rights a report on how Midshipmen live. Susan also, gets to go to the Navy vs. Notre Dame game. While being at the Notre Dame game Susan writes a report on how she thought the game went. While she was talking about the game, she talked about the referees. She said, “The Refs were being unfair, and were calling all of the penalties on Navy.” She also said, “Coach Kenny (Navy Coach) thought that the refs were making t hard on his players, and that this isn’t fair to treat the players like this.” At the end of the game the score was 21-14 Notre Dame. On the other hand Stevie, set out to write a big report on West Point (Army). While being at Army he got to meet all of the coaches, and was able to interview many players on the Army team. When Stevie was visiting, he got to go to one of Army’s Practices before the big game. While being at the practices, he learned how hard it is to be in the military, and to be an athlete at the same time. Players were saying that they have to wake up, then they have to go to class, and they can’t miss the class, or they get in big trouble. At the end of the story, the two teams come together, and play against each other. The only problem is the referees, are betting on the game, so no team is able to score. Every time a team scores there is a flag. Susan, and Stevie figure out that they are betting, and they call the FBI, and the refs get arrested for Federal Offense. Once they got arrested, the game had to go on, but they didn’t know what referees they could use. Until Susan Anderson came up with an idea, her idea was to have the high school referees ref. “The game wouldn’t be the best, but it will be better”, Susan Anderson said. At the end of the game Army won with a 53-yard field goal. I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend this for any kid wanting to know more about Army-Navy. Also, I hope you would want to read this book, and if you do I hope you like it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gavin Johal

    This book the rivalry is about the Army and the Navy playing football.Army are going to different plan to go over and try to beat. And the Navy is try to do the same thing but watching it on tv and calculate the exact move of the defense of playing that how they are going to win and read the book to find out what is going to happen.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gino Arra

    The story “The Rivalry” starts off talking about when the army-navy football game is scheduled and what time it will start. Towards the middle of the book the ACC Football Officials sent Susan Carol a letter about how Susan Carol’s story she wrote was false. It says at the end of the letter "Yours Truly, Harold Neve, supervisor, ACC football officials". And towards the end they were talking about how the team had a miracle field goal for the overtime like when it says, “and finally it hit the go The story “The Rivalry” starts off talking about when the army-navy football game is scheduled and what time it will start. Towards the middle of the book the ACC Football Officials sent Susan Carol a letter about how Susan Carol’s story she wrote was false. It says at the end of the letter "Yours Truly, Harold Neve, supervisor, ACC football officials". And towards the end they were talking about how the team had a miracle field goal for the overtime like when it says, “and finally it hit the goalpost and bounced through!”. The main characters are Susan Carol, And Stevie because they are in multiple of John Feinstein’s books. Susan is supposedly beautiful and Stevie is her boyfriend and they both make news and stories. The story is set at the army navy football game. My favorite part is the miracle overtime winner. Because I love when them and game winners happen and I would recommend this to a friend who likes sports.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aiden

    Aiden gagliardi Book review Mystery at the army-navy game: the rivalry by: john feinstein This book is about stevie thomas and susan carol, two teens who are sport reporters and covering Army-Navy game for their jobs.Other characters are bobby kelleher, and tamara mears.They learn about the two teams rivalries going back about 110 years ago. These highschool students have to face secret service and unfair officials. They have a lot going on like writing there papers , being young in highschool, a Aiden gagliardi Book review Mystery at the army-navy game: the rivalry by: john feinstein This book is about stevie thomas and susan carol, two teens who are sport reporters and covering Army-Navy game for their jobs.Other characters are bobby kelleher, and tamara mears.They learn about the two teams rivalries going back about 110 years ago. These highschool students have to face secret service and unfair officials. They have a lot going on like writing there papers , being young in highschool, and feelings for each other. This book was ok, personally i did not like it. There was not a lot that caught my attention or a lot of exciting parts.At the end of the story they gave you facts about the real army-navy game like George W. bush had been at the games.I also did not like how they ended the game at 25-25. It was a boring ending to a game , there could have been more excitement to it to satisfy the reader. If you want to read this book it's about football and mystery.It was not a book that caught my attention , maybe it was just the setting and how things played out but the whole army-navy theme did not catch my eye.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alin8

    The Rivalry By John Feinstein This book is a must-read for any sports fan ages 15 and under, and any mystery fan. Two teen reporters are assigned a huge project…………. The Army-Navy game, being played in Washington D.C. The reporters, Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, have been at it for two years since winning a writing award, and have never been more excited for an assignment. Before the big game, in the weeks leading up to it, they have to report on both teams. All the while, the governmen The Rivalry By John Feinstein This book is a must-read for any sports fan ages 15 and under, and any mystery fan. Two teen reporters are assigned a huge project…………. The Army-Navy game, being played in Washington D.C. The reporters, Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, have been at it for two years since winning a writing award, and have never been more excited for an assignment. Before the big game, in the weeks leading up to it, they have to report on both teams. All the while, the government is getting involved, and sniffing through each team in preparation for the President’s arrival. Stevie and Susan Carol also think something is fishy, and are putting together clues to figure out the mystery. They are on the right track, but something goes wrong, you’ll just have to read the book to find out. This book really hit my tastebuds in the right way, as it gave a lot of insight on the Army-Navy game, and it's just one of the better sports-mystery books, as the mystery plot is very hard to guess. I guarantee you will be on the edge of your bed reading a mystery about the most historic sports event in the U.S.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tom Kreisa

    I really like my book Mystery At The Army Navy Game The Rivalry. I like how it has a lot of informational sports facts. Another thing I like about it is that they use real people like President Obama and also has real team rivalries in this book.The mystery part of the book i really intruiging when the refs are sided with a bet that the game score will be zero to zero, so they make very bad calls and change the game completely.Word gets around and the two main characters Stevie Thomas and Susan I really like my book Mystery At The Army Navy Game The Rivalry. I like how it has a lot of informational sports facts. Another thing I like about it is that they use real people like President Obama and also has real team rivalries in this book.The mystery part of the book i really intruiging when the refs are sided with a bet that the game score will be zero to zero, so they make very bad calls and change the game completely.Word gets around and the two main characters Stevie Thomas and Susan Caroll went to the president and told him about what was going on.The refs are soon replaced before the start of the second half. One thing I did not like about the book was the ending, the game was tied twenty four to twenty four going into over time and then it ends. But a positive about that you can make your own ending and see who you want to win the rivarly. Over all this was a very good book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    I absolutely fell in with The Rivalry and I couldn't stop reading it. All though, I had higher expectations at how the start of the book was written, it got better by the end. The Rivalry had a really good plot, that it made the book impossible to put down. One con of this book though is that it took a long time to build up to the plot. The plot was very detailed but I thought it took to long to build up to the rivalry game against Army. I also think the plot took so long to build up because the I absolutely fell in with The Rivalry and I couldn't stop reading it. All though, I had higher expectations at how the start of the book was written, it got better by the end. The Rivalry had a really good plot, that it made the book impossible to put down. One con of this book though is that it took a long time to build up to the plot. The plot was very detailed but I thought it took to long to build up to the rivalry game against Army. I also think the plot took so long to build up because there was too much detail. But, overall, I thought it was a good book. I really liked this book because there was a mystery going with the refs at the Navy and Notre dame game and it carried on until the Navy and Army game until two teenage reporters solved the case. I recommend reading The Rivalry if you are into mysteries and football.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Luke

    After the last Stevie/Susan Carol book, I'm not so sure about Feinstein anymore, but I'm hoping this will be just as good as the first three books of the series. After the last Stevie/Susan Carol book, I'm not so sure about Feinstein anymore, but I'm hoping this will be just as good as the first three books of the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dwight Ternes

    Average at best. Gave it 2 stars out of respect to Army & Navy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Keon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. already feels different from the previous four books of the Sports Beat series. Switching between the moments right before kickoff at the 2010 Army-Navy college football game, and the controversial week leading up to it, the story reveals that teen sports reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are on the trail of two big stories, one of which could affect United States national security. Having been played almost every year since 1890, the Army-Navy game is steeped in tradition, a rea already feels different from the previous four books of the Sports Beat series. Switching between the moments right before kickoff at the 2010 Army-Navy college football game, and the controversial week leading up to it, the story reveals that teen sports reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are on the trail of two big stories, one of which could affect United States national security. Having been played almost every year since 1890, the Army-Navy game is steeped in tradition, a reality that Stevie and Susan Carol grow to understand as they take a deep dive into the culture of the teams. The Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen rarely attract top NFL prospects, but the schools are passionate about the rivalry, and Stevie and Susan Carol gets caught up in it as they stand sideline to report on the final game before Army and Navy play each other this year in Washington, D.C. Stevie's first encounter with an Army football game is relatively normal. However, the stakes elevate when Pete Dowling, a Secret Service operative whose job is to keep President Barack Obama safe at next week's Army-Navy game, shows signs of concern. He declines to comment, but Stevie uses his reporter's wits to learn that a possible threat to the president has been traced to the father of two brothers, one of whom plays for the Army and the other for the Navy. How serious is it? That same weekend at the Navy game, Susan Carol falls into her own web of intrigue when a series of highly questionable officiating calls tilts the game's outcome in favor of Notre Dame. Stung by what she considers an unfair loss for the Navy, Susan Carol writes a piece criticizing the game officials and questioning their motives, but she faces public recrimination from a representative of the conference's football officials. Right or wrong, Susan Carol has become part of the story, and the same officiating crew she complained about is slated to call the Army-Navy game. Any whiff of a plot to harm the president is taken seriously by the Secret Service, and Pete Dowling has his work cut out as game day approaches. Stevie and Susan Carol happily reunite in D.C., and as they compare what they each witnessed last week, they realize this game has a lot of extra drama surrounding it. Is there a conspiracy against President Obama, or just a few disgruntled voters blowing off steam? Advised as always by adult journalists Bobby Kelleher and Tamara Mearns, Stevie and Susan Carol tread carefully, not wanting to compromise national security. As Army and Navy take the field for the game, it seems most of the controversy is behind them...until Stevie gets a hunch that something isn't right with the officiating crew. They're blowing calls at a worse rate than the Notre Dame game, seemingly on purpose. Can the rot be excised and the game restored to its rightful place of excitement and glory for the two military schools? Our pair of intrepid young reporters will do everything in their power to ensure it. This book's narrative structure is notably different from the previous four, but that's not the only dissimilarity. feels like a passion project for John Feinstein, a story he made up his mind to write perhaps even before deciding it would be part of the Sports Beat series. Stevie and Susan Carol's involvement is much more than a token but isn't on the same level as prior novels about them. I'm disappointed by the way the Secret Service storyline fizzles out, and the "evidence" that prompts Stevie to request an investigation into the other illegal scheme is tenuous at best, but there are a few moments that remind us why we love experiencing major sporting events alongside Stevie and Susan Carol. For that, I round my one-and-a-half-star rating to two, and I look ahead with some sadness to the finale of this series, I'll miss Stevie and Susan Carol when their story arc is over

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joseph S

    “The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game” by John Feinstein, is a fictional mystery book that was published in 2010. It takes place during the cold harsh winters. Susan Carol Anderson and Stevie Thomas are two 14 year old kids aspiring to be sportswriters for the newspaper. These two together are deemed a dynamic duo of sports writing. They are given an unique opportunity of covering the Army-Navy rivalry game. However, they will run into a bit of a bit of trouble. I found this book in my cl “The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game” by John Feinstein, is a fictional mystery book that was published in 2010. It takes place during the cold harsh winters. Susan Carol Anderson and Stevie Thomas are two 14 year old kids aspiring to be sportswriters for the newspaper. These two together are deemed a dynamic duo of sports writing. They are given an unique opportunity of covering the Army-Navy rivalry game. However, they will run into a bit of a bit of trouble. I found this book in my closet and the storyline sounded interesting to me. Stevie and Susan Carol get invited to cover the Army-Navy football game. This game is arguably the best rivalry in college football. They go through the procedures that the secret service must endure because the president was going to attend the game. Although nothing goes wrong for the secret service’s protection, something happens that nobody would expect. Stevie and Susan Carol start to find things fishy when everytime a team scored during the game, there was a penalty flag thrown by an official. They soon find out that the officials are betting on the game. Therefore, they are not allowing either team to score to win the game. In the end, Stevie and Susan Carol get the officials arrested during the game and the game continues with new officials. The ending of the book was interesting. The whole book was informative and all of the sudden it turned into a mystery with a plot. Even though this was the 5th book in a series. I was still able to understand what was happening because it was only the characters. My favorite part of the book was when it started to get interesting; introducing the plot and adding suspense to the story. It seemed like I was waiting for some sort of plot to happen until the end of the book. The entire book was about the traditions and procedures that go on during the Army-Navy Rivalry games. Learning about the traditions was interesting except if I wanted to read about the Army-Navy game I could get a pamphlet. Some similar books to this novel would be sports and mystery books. I would suggest this book to anyone that likes to learn about the traditions of certain aspects in college and professional football.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hayden Peirce

    The Rivalry Mystery at the Army-Navy Game is about writers Stevie Thomas and Susan Anderson reporting on the story of the army and navy game. The book starts with Stevie and Susan getting assigned to different jobs for a backstory of the Army-Navy game. Stevie goes to Westpoint to report on the life of a cadet. Susan goes to the Army-Notre Dame game and writes a story. She completely talks down about how bad the referees were. At the pregame of the Army-Navy game Stevie and Susan began to realiz The Rivalry Mystery at the Army-Navy Game is about writers Stevie Thomas and Susan Anderson reporting on the story of the army and navy game. The book starts with Stevie and Susan getting assigned to different jobs for a backstory of the Army-Navy game. Stevie goes to Westpoint to report on the life of a cadet. Susan goes to the Army-Notre Dame game and writes a story. She completely talks down about how bad the referees were. At the pregame of the Army-Navy game Stevie and Susan began to realize this was not an ordinary game. There were secret service agents everywhere sweeping the stadium for possible threats. They were looking for potential dangers to the president. For three chapters the story follows Stevie and Campbell meeting very important people and delivering the gun to the head ref. These were the same refs as the ones at the Notre Dame game. There was something suspicious about these read this book to find out. I believe that this book has a lot of sport related action, however, I did not find it drawing me in as a mystery book. I found the nostalgia of the game the only thing that was able to hold my interest. For me I enjoyed the references to Duke and North Carolina, also the references to the blue bloods of college football. This book was an amazing source of fun and history for me because I enjoy college football. If I were to recommend this book to a friend they would have to understand college football like I do. Not anyone can pick up this book and expect to understand it. If you are looking for just a mystery novel this book is not for you. If you are looking for a book full of references to college sports you will enjoy this book. “When it finally came, the players streamed from the tunnel. Two players carried the American flag, and five cheerleaders streaked across the field carrying massive flags that said N, A, V, Y, and GO MIDS! The crowd on the navy side went crazy. Stevie noticed Dobbs and Middleton, escorted by cops and at least one Secret Service agent, break away to head for midfield.” This quote represents one of the peak moments in the novel, right before the game starts.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tricia F.

    If you have a reluctant upper elementary/middle school reader who likes sports, especially football, this is the book for them. Stevie and Susan Carol are only fourteen but have been chosen to report on the 11th playing of the Army-Navy game for the Washington Post newspaper - one from the West Point cadet's point of view and the other from the Naval Academy midshipmen's point of view. Throughout the two weeks leading up to the game, both Stevie and Susan Carol not only meet the players and coac If you have a reluctant upper elementary/middle school reader who likes sports, especially football, this is the book for them. Stevie and Susan Carol are only fourteen but have been chosen to report on the 11th playing of the Army-Navy game for the Washington Post newspaper - one from the West Point cadet's point of view and the other from the Naval Academy midshipmen's point of view. Throughout the two weeks leading up to the game, both Stevie and Susan Carol not only meet the players and coaches, they learn about the tradition of the two schools, the traditions of the game itself, and they also meet the many Secret Service Agents that are called in to protect the President of the United States as he visits each locker room before the game, tosses the game coin, and finally switches sides at half-time. While Stevie and Susan Carol are enjoying the rich tradition of the rivalry, they uncover a plot that will make every sports lover cringe. How can they prove their theory to the correct authorities without seeming like "stupid teenagers"? Will their theory be correct? Will they be able to save the rivalry in time? John Feinstein's knowledge of sports shines through his writing of the novel. The history of the game is told in such a way that it doesn't seem like a 'textbook' but it fits with the whole premise of the two protagonists reporting on the story. The only drawback was that every chapter seemed to have some type of history in it, which at times made the book seem to go on for extended periods of time. Feinstein also included famous sports names (at least famous in the late 1990s/early 2000s), throughout the chapters. Some seemed legitimate to the story (former students at both military academies who played football), while others seemed far-fetched (Bob Woodward meeting both Stevie and Susan Carol at the Washington Post's offices). At times this felt like a popularity contest to see how many sports names Feinstein could put in the novel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The book I chose to read was The Rivalry. This book started off slow to introduce the main characters Stevie and Susan. This book is about The army navy game. Stevie and Susan are assigned to cover the Army and Navy game. During the weeks leading up to the games they get to cover the team dinners and hotel to get player coach interview. On game day Stevie and Susan are given a tour of the whole stadium. During this tour they meet secret agent Feinstein who shows and tells them about the thousand The book I chose to read was The Rivalry. This book started off slow to introduce the main characters Stevie and Susan. This book is about The army navy game. Stevie and Susan are assigned to cover the Army and Navy game. During the weeks leading up to the games they get to cover the team dinners and hotel to get player coach interview. On game day Stevie and Susan are given a tour of the whole stadium. During this tour they meet secret agent Feinstein who shows and tells them about the thousands of undercover officers in the stance. Once the game began there was a penalty almost every play. Every time navy was close to scoring there was a penalty. Every time army was close to scoring there was a penalty. What was going on? This book has a lot of foreshadowing. During the weeks leading up to it Notre Dame and Air Force game there was bad calls for navy all game. For example in the Notre Dame game navy recovered a fumble on the 5 yard line and took it all the way for a touchdown but was brought back because a penalty. I’m the army navy game no one scored at all in the first half and part of third. It turns out the referees were betting on the games the whole time. I don’t know if this happened real life but that is how it needed in the book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Billy

    This year I read the book The Rivalry by John Feinstein. Overall, this book was an ok book. It's not one of my favor books but it's also not one of my worst books on my lists. One reason why I didn't really like this book is because it is a slow pace book. I really liked the two main characters (Susan and Stevie). I did like the book because of the sports ties and the events inside the story. I really liked how during the plays of the football games you would feel like you are actually there. This year I read the book The Rivalry by John Feinstein. Overall, this book was an ok book. It's not one of my favor books but it's also not one of my worst books on my lists. One reason why I didn't really like this book is because it is a slow pace book. I really liked the two main characters (Susan and Stevie). I did like the book because of the sports ties and the events inside the story. I really liked how during the plays of the football games you would feel like you are actually there. Overall, I would recommend this book to someone. This book may not be the best book of all but it is definitely a book to put on your list. I would recommend this book to someone that enjoys reading books about football. I would recommend this to a person that likes football because the book is based around football. If you don't really like this sport the book will not interest you that much. So if you are looking for a fun book to read and enjoy watching, playing, or reading about football this is a book that you will want to read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aidan

    The rivalry book review Aidan OHern 5th hour Ten Hoven 10/16/17 The rivalry book review By Aidan O’Hern The book The Rivalry by John Feinstein is an amazing book on the history and passion within the Famous rivalry of the Army-Navy game. This book is a realistic sports mystery meaning it never happens but it could happen. The book starts off with Stevie trying to convince his parents to let him go to army navy game and all the events he’s asked to cover leading up to it. Throughout the story Stevi The rivalry book review Aidan OHern 5th hour Ten Hoven 10/16/17 The rivalry book review By Aidan O’Hern The book The Rivalry by John Feinstein is an amazing book on the history and passion within the Famous rivalry of the Army-Navy game. This book is a realistic sports mystery meaning it never happens but it could happen. The book starts off with Stevie trying to convince his parents to let him go to army navy game and all the events he’s asked to cover leading up to it. Throughout the story Stevie and Susan encounter some troubles including the referees and the calls they make in the navy army game and previously in the navy neater dame game. This book will keep you wondering why the refs would do such a thing until then end the ending I would recommend this book to sports fans in 6th-8th grade and boys and girls because there is a boy character and a girl character. This book deserves a 4.5 stars because of the story and history behind the army-navy game and John Feinstein does a very good job in the end talking about true facts in the end.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jack Hay

    Riddled by how the Army-Navy game was going, Stevie and Susan Carol were determined to unravel the mystery. "The Rivalry" is a fictional sports book. It is a stand alone book that isn't in a series. The book is a relatively easy read at just about 266 pages. "The Rivalry" takes place in present day along the east coast. You can easily imagine the book in your head. The main characters of this book are Stevie and Susan carol, who are a couple. They are easy to like due to them being so nice. Ste Riddled by how the Army-Navy game was going, Stevie and Susan Carol were determined to unravel the mystery. "The Rivalry" is a fictional sports book. It is a stand alone book that isn't in a series. The book is a relatively easy read at just about 266 pages. "The Rivalry" takes place in present day along the east coast. You can easily imagine the book in your head. The main characters of this book are Stevie and Susan carol, who are a couple. They are easy to like due to them being so nice. Stevie and Susan Carol believed something was off about the Army-Navy game, so they used their reporter skills to figure out what's happening. The overall theme of this book is "the curiosity of others." I think that other people would enjoy this book for the curiosity it brings up. I like how the author would often switch between Stevie and Susan Carol's perspective. This book is very much worth your time to read. Overall, if you like suspense or curiosity then you'll like this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alison Utley

    This a very challenging books for a number of reasons. First, there are so many names of people/characters that it gets very confusing and difficult to keep track of them all. Second, the first half of the book switches time and place. It starts out current day at the site of the big game, then switches to a couple weeks before the game, then back to current day, then back to a week before etc... I also thought the conflict(s) were too much. There really were two major conflicts: security at the This a very challenging books for a number of reasons. First, there are so many names of people/characters that it gets very confusing and difficult to keep track of them all. Second, the first half of the book switches time and place. It starts out current day at the site of the big game, then switches to a couple weeks before the game, then back to current day, then back to a week before etc... I also thought the conflict(s) were too much. There really were two major conflicts: security at the game when the president arrives, and second- bad reffing. I thought both problems were dealt with in an anticlimatic kind of way. Last, I thought it got a bit political. I'm a middle school ELA teacher and I would not recommend this book to any of my students because it's just too confusing and not very engaging. If you like learning about army/navy traditions then you might enjoy it, otherwise choose something else.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Seth G

    The book starts with Steve and Susan Carol going to both Army and Navy’s campuses. They are looking for the story when they meet Secret Service agent Pete Downing. Downing explains what he is doing at the game. Since the President is attending the game all security has to be at the highest level so nobody is able to even get near President Obama. There are two brothers on Army and Navy with the last name Arnott. They are consistently being called to meet with Mr. Downing but why? It’s because th The book starts with Steve and Susan Carol going to both Army and Navy’s campuses. They are looking for the story when they meet Secret Service agent Pete Downing. Downing explains what he is doing at the game. Since the President is attending the game all security has to be at the highest level so nobody is able to even get near President Obama. There are two brothers on Army and Navy with the last name Arnott. They are consistently being called to meet with Mr. Downing but why? It’s because their dad has connections to hate groups. But the Arnott father is not the guy you really have to worry about, the referees have people placing bets on the game and that the game will end with the score 0-0. Stevie and Susan Carol figure this out and do not let it get past anyone they write a story about it and the referees are exposed as a fraud.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Seth Denboer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "based on what we've heard, these guys have at least ten million dollars riding on the under-which was forty eight points-and even more riding on the regulation game ending scoreless" and so what this book is mainly about is how a fourteen year old named steve thomas and his friend susan carol set off on an eventur to try and solve a conspiracy going on throughout the game and how they have to team up with agents to solve it because if the conspiracy is true then the people in the conspiracy hav "based on what we've heard, these guys have at least ten million dollars riding on the under-which was forty eight points-and even more riding on the regulation game ending scoreless" and so what this book is mainly about is how a fourteen year old named steve thomas and his friend susan carol set off on an eventur to try and solve a conspiracy going on throughout the game and how they have to team up with agents to solve it because if the conspiracy is true then the people in the conspiracy have been doing something illegal. and so the reason why i gave this book a four star review is because i liked the part were the secret agents catch the refs doing something illegal. hut the reason why i gave it four stars and not five is because I wish i could learn more about the game. and so in all i would recommend this book to another person if they liked sports.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Peyton Forbes

    2.75/5. I don’t even know what to say about this book. It was enjoyable, but only the last 50 pages were enjoyable. The whole point of the book was about a mystery, but we don’t figure out what the mystery is until the last 50 pages. The rest of the 200 pages of the book is just Stevie and Susan Carol going around place to place interviewing people for no reason. I don’t see the point of that. I just wanted to figure out the mystery was, but the mystery of the whole game wasn’t even that interes 2.75/5. I don’t even know what to say about this book. It was enjoyable, but only the last 50 pages were enjoyable. The whole point of the book was about a mystery, but we don’t figure out what the mystery is until the last 50 pages. The rest of the 200 pages of the book is just Stevie and Susan Carol going around place to place interviewing people for no reason. I don’t see the point of that. I just wanted to figure out the mystery was, but the mystery of the whole game wasn’t even that interesting, it was just about gambling. I don’t see the point of this book at all.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Caden Messersmith

    its eighteen minutes before kick off at the army navy football game. 92000 fans pack the stadium. the bands are competing to see who can be the loudest, anchors aweigh threatens to drown out on brave old army team. the cadets and midshipmen are on their feet in the stands none of them will sit during the game.the vibration of the f-15 flyover is still shaking the stands as the stands as the players charge onto the field, the referee and the team captains meet in the middle, awaiting the presiden its eighteen minutes before kick off at the army navy football game. 92000 fans pack the stadium. the bands are competing to see who can be the loudest, anchors aweigh threatens to drown out on brave old army team. the cadets and midshipmen are on their feet in the stands none of them will sit during the game.the vibration of the f-15 flyover is still shaking the stands as the stands as the players charge onto the field, the referee and the team captains meet in the middle, awaiting the president for the coin toss, so far it is a weird i played the football sport I've watched the blind side, which is a football movie football is a sport in the real life and im reading a book about the sport

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nolan Croasdale

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My interest in this book was very low. In my opinion was not one of the best books i read. The Rivalry did not live up to the hopes that a mystery book should and let me down. The author didn’t tell us the mystery until the very last chapters, so for more than 200 pages it was just people talking and traveling with no purpose. I would not recommend this book to many. The author did not give us a real “theme” and i only kept reading because i had to for a grade in my english class.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cliffordc_D2

    When I first read the book, it was detailed and suspenseful. Over time, the book started to get boring and did not have as much of its suspense as the first part. Also, when John Feinstein wrote this book he would jump from scene to scene, making it very confusing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Blaine Baumgartner

    I thought the book was good.I like it the book was interesting.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    Delightful. Enjoyed reading this with my fifth grade son.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mark Frisz

    Corny!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alex Brousseau

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The ending was terrible (I think this way about most books tho)

  30. 5 out of 5

    B Melia

    Good book! Very interesting to read and always had a good scene and something going on to make me want to keep reading.

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