by Justin Oscikofi
Illustrated by Antonella Cammarano
Jaylen and his mother are close. She’s his biggest cheerleader when he plays football, and always encourages him to do well in school. Jaylen knows his mother has worked hard to support him and his sisters and brothers. When she gets sick, he doesn’t know what to do.
Jaylen’s concern for his mom starts to show when he fails a test and stops helping out at home. He might get kicked off the football team, too! Will Jaylen’s mother be able to help him see what’s most important, or will he lose his spot on the team?