Inspired by the true story of a racially divided town and a team who must find a way to win, Muckers delves into the rocky terrain of war, Communism, and segregation in 1950 Arizona.

  • Booklist Top 10 Sports Books for Youth

  • A Junior Library Guild selection

  • A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year

  • A Booklist “Bookends” Best Book of the Year

  • A Maine State Library Cream of the Crop

  • Finalist, New Hampshire Isinglass Teen Reads Award

  • Finalist, Arizona’s Grand Canyon Reader Award, Young Adult

Star iconFans of H.G. Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights and other football histories will appreciate this inspiring tale.School Library Journal (starred review)
Wallace deftly depicts the atmosphere of an era when segregation—between Mexicans and “Anglos”—was standard … provides enough emotional drama to create a rich work of historical fiction that will draw in even those without an interest in the sportPublishers Weekly
Wallace, a former ESPN correspondent, captures a vivid sense of atmosphere and well-wrought characters, all while showcasing balls-to-the-wall football action.Booklist
[A] richly textured portrayal of a small town coping with the economic, political and racial realities of post–World War II America.... Distinctive characters and finely drawn specifics of locale and landscape set this football story apart.Kirkus