I just finished reading Bleachers, by John Grisham.  I highly recommend it to my audience, with the caveat that there are adult themes and dialogue woven into the narrative.

The story revolves around a small town high school football coach and the men who played for him.  The coach is living out his final days and the players gather to mourn and remember him.  What emerges is the recognition that this coach had a profound impact on the lives of these men.  The lessons he drilled into them on the field affect their everyday lives off the field.  The coach had some very rough edges but he also instilled in his players a never quit, never say die attitude.

With the right coach and the right attitude it’s amazing the things we can learn on the field, inside the lines, in the heat of competition and the drudgery of practice.  Bleachers brings this out in a wonderfully written and engaging story.  No courtroom scenes or lawyerly machinations, but still classic Grisham.