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Million-Dollar Throw
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Million-Dollar Throw
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of HEAT and TRAVEL TEAM.Everyone calls Nate Brodie "Brady" because he's a New England quarterback, just like his idol, Tom Brady. And now he's...
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of HEAT and TRAVEL TEAM.Everyone calls Nate Brodie "Brady" because he's a New England quarterback, just like his idol, Tom Brady. And now he's...
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  • From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of HEAT and TRAVEL TEAM.

    Everyone calls Nate Brodie "Brady" because he's a New England quarterback, just like his idol, Tom Brady. And now he's got a chance to win a million dollars by throwing one pass through a target at halftime in the Patriots; Thanksgiving night game. More than anything, Nate's family needs the money—his dad's been downsized, his mom's working two jobs, and they're on the verge of losing their house. The worry is more weight than a 13-year-old can bear, and it's affecting his playing for his own football team. Suddenly the boy with the golden arm is having trouble completing a pass . . . but can he make the one that really counts?

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  • From the book Chapter 1
     
    This was always the best of it for Nate Brodie, when he felt the slap of the ball in his hands and began to back away from the center, when he felt as if he could see the whole field, and football made perfect sense to him.
     
    Sometimes when you were thirteen nothing seemed to make sense, and the world came at you faster and trickier than flying objects in a video game.
     
    It was never like that for him in football.
     
    Never.
     
    Nate had been having more and more trouble figuring out his world lately, especially with everything that had been happening to his family. School was school—he tried hard, but there were times he just felt lost, in search of answers that wouldn’t come.
     
    And no matter how hard he tried, how hard he could try, he
    was never going to make sense out of what was happening to his friend Abby.
     
    But on a Saturday morning like this, underneath all the sun and blue sky, with the guys in the line already into their blocks and Nate feeling as if he had all day to throw the ball—feeling that weird calm he always felt in the pocket—he had all the answers.
     
    Football was like this for Nate Brodie.
     
    As he scanned the field now, he recognized one of those answers he instinctively knew. Pete Mullaney, his favorite receiver, was about to break into the clear. Once he did that, Nate knew Pete was going to run all day.
     
    When it was just Nate and Pete and some of the other guys on the team playing touch football in the empty lot next to Nate’s house, they called this play “Hutchins-and-Go.” One day Nate had told Pete to fake toward the Hutchins’ house, the one on the other side of the lot, fake like he was running a sideline pattern in that direction, and then, as soon as the guy covering him bit, Pete was supposed to plant his outside foot and spin and take off down the sidelines.
     
    The play had just always been called Hutchins-and-Go after that.
     
    Nate watched as Pete sold his fake now, sold it like he was selling candy, didn’t rush, even turned and looked back for the ball. That was when the defensive back on him committed, turned, and looked for the ball himself.
     
    Only Pete was gone.
     
    And the ball wasn’t coming, at least not yet.
     
    Now it was just a question of what kind of throw Nate wanted to make. Because with the kind of arm he had—his buds and teammates always called him “Brady,” knowing that Tom Brady was Nate’s all-time favorite player—there were a couple of ways he could go. Nate could put a lot of air beneath the ball, really hang it up there and let Pete use those jets of his to run under it. Or Nate could gun one right now, throw one of those dead spirals that was the same as one of his football fastballs, put so much sting and hurt at the end of the pass that Pete sometimes said he wished he was allowed to wear a catcher’s mitt.
     
    Nate decided to put this one way up there.
     
    Moon shot.
     
    He rolled to his right now, feeling pressure coming from his left, a right-handed quarterback’s blind side, without actually seeing it. But just to make sure, to know exactly how much time he had, he shot a quick look over his shoulder and saw that the
    Hollins Hills’ nose tackle had cleared Malcolm Burnley, Nate’s center and the best blocker Valley had, on an outside route and was coming hard, thinking he might have a shot at getting his first sack of the day.
     
    Nate knew he didn’t.
     
    In no hurry, Nate kept moving...

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  • DOGO Books Mr. Tyczkowski - it is about a boy named nate people call him brady as in the tom brady and he is probably one of the best tom brady fan in history and he got his named picked out of a bucket saying that he can make a throw at a patriots game with lights on do you think he will make it find out in the book million dollar throw
  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 16, 2009
    In 2005, an army veteran won $1 million by throwing a football through a target during a halftime show at a college football game. Lupica (The Big Field
    ) inserts a 13-year-old in the contestant role and moves the action to Massachusetts, where QB Nate Brodie stars for his eighth-grade team and idolizes the New England Patriots' Tom Brady. The pressure to win is intense—Nate's father has lost his job, the house is close to foreclosure, and his best friend, Abby, needs money to go to a special school since she is rapidly going blind. Though the entire cast is a bit too perfect, many kids will relate to Nate's fears about his family's finances: “You were going along, having what felt like a pretty cool life, and then all of a sudden came the economy
    trying to wreck everything.” The ups and downs of Nate's peewee football team provide sports play-by-play, but the thread that will pull readers through is whether Nate can save his and Abby's families with one well-aimed spiral on Thanksgiving night. Ages 10–up.

  • School Library Journal

    December 1, 2009
    Gr 6-8-Lupica delivers another smooth, well-paced, character-driven novel. Thirteen-year-old Nate Brodie's life would seem to be the stuff of adolescent boys' dreams: he is the star quarterback of his school football team and has a great relationship with his best friend and soulmate, Abby McCall. However, all is not smooth sailing. The Brodies are in danger of losing their home in the economic downturn, and Abby's eyesight is failing due to a rare congenital disease. Nate thinks he may have the opportunity to solve all of his problems when he wins the chance to make a million dollars by throwing a football through a small target during halftime at a pro football game. Unfortunately, his quarterbacking skills suddenly and mysteriously desert him just as he is preparing for his big moment. With the support of his family and friends, he fights his way back and regains the confidence he needs to face the challenges in his life. While the serious issues raised about the effects of economic uncertainty on families are resolved a tad too easily, youngsters are likely to accept this as just a good, entertaining read."Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT"

    Copyright 2009 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    September 1, 2009
    Grades 5-8 Conflicts between head and heart trouble an eighth-grade football star in Lupicas latest smoothly crafted sports tale. No sooner is quarterback Nate picked in a drawing to try for a million-dollar prize on national TV by tossing a football through a small target than his erstwhile-brilliant passing game goes down the tubes. Knowing that his parents are both working multiple jobs to make ends meet, and also that Abby, his very best friend, girlfriend, and a gifted artist, is losing her eyesight, Nate realizes that he should be putting his own problems in perspectivebut still, as his team finds itself locked in a series of unnecessarily close gridiron contests, he sinks into a steady state of confused dejection. Will his arm come around in time, and if it does, what will he do with the money? Lupica injects plenty of suspenseful sports action into the plot and creates a cast of uniformly likable characters whose faith in teamwork and in each other ultimately earns handsome rewards for all. A natural for graduates of Matt Christophers sports stories.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2009, American Library Association.)

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