Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Tony Lee
This nonfiction book describes the Clemson Tigers up to the year 2011. It describes many memorable events in detail, and readers who are familiar with football will enjoy these sporty play-by-plays. The text walks readers through a history of highlights by decade, including star players, coaches, and developments as football grew in popularity over the 1900s. Although the Tigers have gone on to be even more successful since the book was published, it explains the Tigers’ highs and lows and why they are notable. It discusses the rise of the football program, as well as the unique parts about the Clemson program that fans know well and love.
The book makes use of many nonfiction text features, such as pictures with captions, chapters, a timeline, a glossary, and index. There is also a “quotes and anecdotes” page and a page of websites and other information. Readers who enjoy football, stories of underdogs, and statistics will enjoy this book. Some parts may be a bit more interesting, and others can be a bit more like listing statistics. This book could be used for self-motivated research. It is part of a series that covers other college football teams as well.