There is not a dull page in this book. It is chiefly a story of athletics, but it is also a fine study of boy and girl life.
"Oh, I've been here two years." The knowledge lent a degree of assurance and he went on with less embarrassment. "I was a junior last year and couldn't play. You know, they won't let the juniors play football here. Mighty mean, I think, don't you?"
"Well, I don't know," answered Roy. "I played when I was twelve, but I guess it's pretty risky for a kid of that age to do it. How old are you?"
"Fourteen. Do you think I'll stand any show to get on the team?"
"Why not? You look pretty solid. Can you run?"
"Not very fast. Ferris said I wouldn't have any show at all and so I thought I'd ask you; you seemed to know about football."
"Did I? How could you tell?" asked Roy surprisedly.
"Oh, by the way you--went at it," answered the other vaguely.
"Oh, I see. Who's Ferris?"
"S-sh!" The small youth lowered his voice. "That's he next to you; Otto Ferris. He's trying for half-back. He almost made it last year."
"Is he on the crew?" asked Roy.