The story begins as Tiki and Ronde start their 8th grade year. They are anxious to take the field as starters this year, but the coach upsets the entire team when he announces that he is moving up to coach the high school team. The players nervously await the naming of their new coach. It is a surprise to all when history teacher, Mr. Wheeler, is given the job. He is a terrific teacher, but that doesn’t guarantee anything about his coaching skills.
When the first few games end in defeat, Tiki and Ronde doubt the new coach has what it takes to create a winning team. Besides, Cody, the team’s quarterback, is also out of control. Cody argues with Coach Wheeler and questions his every move causing team morale to sink to an all-time low. It is not until Tiki and a few loyal players take the time to get to know Coach Wheeler and his plans for the team that things start to look more positive for a winning season.
GO LONG! presents a positive message of cooperation and team spirit, and that along with a strong plot line and likeable characters make it a book that won’t gather much dust on the shelf.