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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gordon Korman Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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When Marcus moves to a new town, he doesn't have any friends. While practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with former NFL star Charlie Popovich, nicknamed The King of Pop. Charlie is a charismatic prankster, and the best football player Marcus has ever seen. But when his behavior starts getting more and more erratic, Marcus learns the secret that Charlie's family is desperate to hide: Charlie is suffering from early onset Alzheimer's from the concussions he sustained while playing professional football.

As Marcus starts at his new school, he meets the starting quarterback: Troy Popovich. Right from the beginning, Marcus and Troy disagree - about football, about Troy's ex-girlfriend Alyssa, but most of all, about what's good for Charlie's future. Marcus is betting that he knows what's best for The King of Pop. And he will risk everything to help his friend. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 2/20/2014

    " A football player arrives at a new high school and encounters a former NFL player suffering from concussion-induced Alzheimer's. Best for grades 7 and up due to some mature language about "fooling around" and "friends with benefits." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Au | 2/5/2014

    " Foorball and cheerleaders were very American but I liked the relationship btw Charlie and Marcus... character dev was pretty good and the book would provide readers with a glimpse of what alzheimer's disease is like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/22/2014

    " Pop got me interested right in the beginning. A young boy who had a love for football and the new kid. He meets a strange man who looks like he is in his mid-forties. He's a a amazing football player. And that's the beginning of their friendship. But Marcus notices there's something strange about the man, he forgets literally everything, he doesn't pay for anything he buys, just who is this guy? Well, "this guy" is a football legend. Everything's great expect the football legend's son and daughter just has to be Marcus's worst enemies in his new school. And the disease. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 1/20/2014

    " Marcus is new in town and eager to join the high school football team as quarterback. He is afraid to take a hit however. He meets a middle-aged man in the park who helps him with his football skills, but the man seems forgetful at times. Together he and Marcus pull some pranks, but then Marcus is left to take responsibility for the pranks. Who is this man, and what is the secret he and his family are hiding? Read Pop by Gordon Korman to find out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alvino Sam | 1/18/2014

    " if you love football, this is a great story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xavier | 12/25/2013

    " This is an enjoyable sad story. This book can be for anyone thats how enjoyable it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 1ashbrook_jon | 12/19/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book a lot. I could relate to the main character through sports and school. This book also has a very interesting beginning wich got me hooked on this book. I would recomend this book to anyone who enjoys sports. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mstan | 12/11/2013

    " A quick, light-hearted read about a retired football player who has Alzheimer's. It's American football, which we are totally unfamiliar with in Singapore, but I do like Friday Night Lights and anything related to football now reminds me of that show. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cody | 11/25/2013

    " The book is about football. If you are a football fan you will probably like this book I did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma | 10/23/2013

    " this ook was ok...it wasent my favorite book though...i thought the ending was a little sloppy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 1/8/2013

    " This is classic Gordon Korman. I chuckled while reading it, groaned in some parts, empathized in other parts. I was a bit surprised at the ending, but Korman has been known to throw twists in his other works. I think this would be good for my younger HS kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mari | 2/28/2012

    " This wasn't my favorite Gordon Korman book, but it was all right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Kenyon | 2/13/2012

    " A fun read with just enough football for our YA boys. A good contender for a Rosie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Dixon | 11/25/2011

    " Great read-aloud for my all boy struggling reader class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 10/26/2011

    " Not what you would expect. You think you are getting more of a football book, and you get a book about Alzheimer's. Not the ending you expect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee Weaver | 10/9/2011

    " This was a good book, very predictable but it's one of the many 'teen' books I will be reading this year and the next 3 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dillon | 10/1/2011

    " This book was awesome! It also had an epic ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 5/9/2011

    " This was a great young adult book about football, concussions, and Alzheimer's. It really made me think about my grandmother and her memory loss. Definitely a must read for families who have someone experiencing memory loss.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anneleise | 4/29/2011

    " This book made me cry. I loved most of it except for the little teen-fling Korman threw in there. I think it would have been netter without it, but the book is for teens...overall a great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 4/22/2011

    " Good YA book for boys, little heavy at times but interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/21/2011

    " Read this one on recommendation from my 11yr old. I really enjoyed this book and I like to keep up a bit with what he's reading. Some mature themes but he's old/mature enough to get it. I loved Gordon Korman books as a kid and he's still relevant today!
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/14/2011

    " I was disappointed in this book - it was clunkier than I expect from Korman. While I still enjoyed it, it really got bogged down in the details of what Charlie is dealing with in a way that felt like Korman was trying too hard to force a lesson on the reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenna | 3/31/2011

    " This book is really good and it's a DCF! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cdouceochoj | 3/25/2011

    " it was a good book. The ending was the best part about it. The main character is Marcus Jordan. He is new to his city. He go to the park everyday to work out. He meets this NFL veteran that has alzheimer's disease. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 3/20/2011

    " I'm not a big sports fan--particularly football--but I really enjoyed this book. It made me think about reasons people might like the physicality of football. Korman's description of the action of football drew me in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 3/13/2011

    " I believe POP is one of or is the best book I will read in my lifetime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 3/5/2011

    " Foorball and cheerleaders were very American but I liked the relationship btw Charlie and Marcus... character dev was pretty good and the book would provide readers with a glimpse of what alzheimer's disease is like. "

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About the Author
Author Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman is the bestselling author of numerous books for children and teens, including the #1 New York Times bestseller One False Note, a book from his popular 39 Clues series. He has written a number of other works, including I Want to Go Home, No Coins, Please, Don’t Care High, the Kidnapped series, and Son of Interflux. In 1999 the Disney Channel created The Jersey, a television series based on Korman’s Monday Night Football Club books. Originally from Canada, Korman now lives in Great Neck, New York, with his family.

About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.