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Catching Jordan
Hundred Oaks Series, Book 1
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"Whoever said football and girls don't mix hasn't read Catching Jordan. I couldn't put it down!" — Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series ONE OF THE BOYS...
"Whoever said football and girls don't mix hasn't read Catching Jordan. I couldn't put it down!" — Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series ONE OF THE BOYS...
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  • "Whoever said football and girls don't mix hasn't read Catching Jordan. I couldn't put it down!" — Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series


    What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though–she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

    But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?

    "A beautiful novel with a real and captivating depiction of high school relationships, Catching Jordan shows the same reverence for the human heart that it does for the game of football." —Karsten Knight, author of Wildefire


  • From the book

    a hail mary and a harem

    the count? 21 days until my trip to alabama

    I once read that football was invented so people wouldn't notice summer ending. But I couldn't wait for summer vacation to end. I couldn't wait for football. Football, dominator of fall-football, love of my life.

    "Blue forty-two! Blue forty-two! Red seventeen!" I yell.

    The cue is red seventeen. JJ hikes me the ball. The defense is blitzing. JJ slams into a freshman safety, knocking him to the ground. The rest of my offensive line destroys the defense. Nice. The field's wide open, but my wide receiver isn't where he's supposed to be.

    "What the hell, Higgins?" I mutter to myself.

    Dancing on my tiptoes, I scan the end zone and find Sam Henry instead and hurl the ball. It flies through the air, a perfect spiral, heading right where I wanted it to go. He catches the ball, spikes it, and does this really stupid dance. Henry looks like a freaking ballerina. With his thin frame and girly blond hair, he actually could be the star of the New York Ballet.

    I'm gonna give him hell for his dance.

    This is my senior year at Hundred Oaks High, and I'm captain, so I'm allowed to keep my players in line. Even though he's my best friend, Henry has always been a showoff. His antics get us penalties.

    Through the speaker in my helmet, I hear Coach Miller say, "Nice throw. This is your year, Woods. You're going to lead us to the state championship. I can feel it...Hit the showers." What the coach actually means? I know you're not going to blow it in the final seconds of the championship game like you did last year.

    And he's right. I can't.

    The University of Alabama called last week-on the first day of school-to tell me a recruiter is coming to watch me play on Friday night. And then a very fancy-looking letter arrived, inviting me to visit campus in September. An official visit. If they like what they see, they'll sign me in February.

    I can't screw this season up.

    I pull my helmet off and grab a bottle of Gatorade and my playbook. Most of the guys are already goofing off and heading over to watch cheerleading practice across the field, but I ignore them and look up into the stands.

    I spot Mom sitting with Carter's dad, a former NFL player. My dad isn't here, of course. Asshole.

    Lots of parents come to watch our practices because football is the big thing to do around here. Here being Franklin, Tennessee, home of the Hundred Oaks Red Raiders, eight-time state champions.

    Mom always comes to practice-she's been supporting me ever since Pop Warner youth football days, but sometimes she worries I'll get hurt, even though the worst thing that's ever happened was a concussion. Sophomore year, when JJ took a breather, the coach brought in this idiot to play center, the idiot didn't cover me, and I got slammed hard.

    Otherwise, I'm a rock. No knee problems, no broken limbs.

    Dad never comes to my practices and rarely comes to games. People think it's because he's busy, because he's Donovan Woods, the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans. But the truth is he doesn't want me playing football. Why wouldn't a famous quarterback want his kid to follow in the family footsteps? Well, he does. He loves that my brother, Mike, a junior in college, plays for the University of Tennessee and led his team to a win at the Sugar Bowl last year. So what the hell is Dad's problem with my playing ball?

    I'm a girl.

    After chugging a bunch of...

About the Author-

  • Growing up in Tennessee, MIRANDA KENNEALLY dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband. Visit mirandakenneally.com


  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 31, 2011
    Jordan Woods is the captain and quarterback of her high school football team in Franklin, Tenn. (“I mean, obviously I think Justin Timberlake is a megahunk, but I’m also over six feet tall and can launch a football fifty yards,” she boasts). Jordan single-mindedly pursues her dream of getting a football scholarship to the University of Alabama until Ty, a hot quarterback from Texas, moves to town and throws her off her game. In addition to Jordan’s instant crush on the new competition, her father (a starting NFL quarterback) won’t come to her games; she is under the scrutiny of recruiters; and her longtime best friend is in love with her. When Jordan breaks her own rules and starts dating Ty, she must re-evaluate her priorities. Jordan’s team’s wholesale acceptance of a female quarterback strains credibility, but debut author Kenneally does a solid job of depicting Jordan’s conflicted emotions, the pressure she is under, and her testy relationship with her father. Despite the gridiron setting, this is at its heart a romance—most of the action and drama takes place off the field. Ages 13–up.

  • School Library Journal

    December 1, 2011

    Gr 8 Up-Jordan Woods really is just one of the guys-the guys on her Tennessee state championship runner-up football team, that is. In fact, she's the starting QB and team captain. Seem a little far-fetched? Maybe not for the daughter of an NFL quarterback whose brother starts for the University of Tennessee and who tops out over 6 feet and 170 pounds. For assets, she has a near promise from the University of Alabama for a full ride, a close bunch of guy friends from her team, and a really good shot at the state title. Among the problems, she has a dad who won't come to her games; bitchy cheerleaders who sleep with her long-time buddy, Henry; and now Ty Green, a new guy who throws rockets and has a body and face that make her feel something that no other guy on or off the field has awakened. So, not only is he serious competition for her position, but he is also wrecking her concentration in games and practice. Strangely enough, when Jordan starts seeing him, Henry doesn't seem happy for her. She is the last to know that he has been in love with her for ages. She has some tough decisions to make about playing football and which boys' passes she wants to catch. Written in a casual, no-nonsense style that suits its protagonist, this novel has some interesting characters and promotes females in sports. It's a spirited football romance in the zone of Dairy Queen (Houghton Harcourt, 2006), especially for readers who associate a sack with a quarterback, not just shopping.-Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GA

    Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • World of Books ""Catching Jordan is a definite read for everyone; sports fan or not"- Blogger AnnMarie, World of Books "
  • Sarah Ockler ""Anyone who's ever questioned her path in life will connect with Jordan's struggles and ultimate triumphs." "
  • Two Readers Reviews ""This sounds absolutely fantastic! A girl being captain of the football team??? Love it! ""
  • The Book Whisperer ""Jordan is a strong and independent young woman. Who just happens to be the best football player in the state, and a girl.""
  • The Cozy Reading Corner ""Catching Jordan is the chocolate cake you eat after a very fulfilling meal. I couldn't get enough of it and it ended way too soon.
    I definitely would recommend this book to anyone, because when you get right down to it, this book can be summed up in one word: AWESOMENESS!!!"-The Cozy Reading Corner"
  • Reading Eating and Dreaming ""This is a wonderful young adult novel about following your dreams and facing life's realities. Jordan says it best, "Sometimes you have to give something up to get something better."-Reading Eating and Dreaming"
  • My Keeper Shelf ""All you really need to know about American football to enjoy Catching Jordon is that they throw the ball a lot, don't worry about the rest the story itself is so witty and the romance is so deliciously good and that's all that really matters in the end."-My Keeper Shelf"
  • Slightly Bookish ""I am still so in love with the characters in this book, and I read it a few weeks ago.
    I had so much fun reading it, there were great characters, great romance, and a great ending. I will definitely check out more by this author."-Slightly Bookish"
  • Reading in the Corner ""Catching Jordan was everything that I hoped it would be and more! It's the kind of book that you pick up to read and find that you can't put it down until you've turned the last page!"-Reading in the Corner"
  • Patricia's Particularity ""I promise you will not be able to put this novel down. I know I will not be alone when 'requesting' a sequel of Jordan's journey!!"-Patricia's Particularity "
  • So Many Books, So Little Time ""It was a little predictable. But that's okay! I just loved reading about a girl playing quarterback!"-So Many Books, So Little Time "
  • Pages of Forbidden Love ""A book that will pull at your heartstrings and not let you go until you finish the very last page."-Pages of Forbidden Love"
  • Reading, Writing and Waiting ""All I can say is wow. I absolutely adored this book!"-Reading, Writing and Waiting"
  • A Tasty Read ""It is definitely a To-Read...and a fun read at that."-A Tasty Read

  • From A to Z ""Catching Jordan is a lovely, realistic portrayal of one girl's journey through senior year, and it is definitely a book I'll be rereading when I want an awesome, feel-good, make-me-smile story. This is definitely one you don't want to miss!"-From A to Z"
  • Fictional Distraction ""This is a book that made me laugh and cry. A book that made me want to hug its characters and shout at them. It was impossible to put down and if you just think that you might like this, pick it up immediately. I love it!"-Fictional Distraction"
  • Hippies, Beauties and Books Oh My! ""I would definitely recommend Catching Jordan to football fans and people who like strong, female characters. I loved the message this book sends!"-Hippies, Beauties and Books Oh My!"
  • Coffee Life Love ""Bottom line? This is the book that made me want to read more contemporary. Absolutely five stars out of five, and if you haven't already ordered your copy, you really ought to get on that."-Coffee Life Love"
  • Book Labyrinth ""If you are at all a fan of contemporaries or contemporary romance, you must add 'Catching Jordan' to the top of your list. I'm so glad I read it, and I've already ordered a copy for myself."-Book Labyrinth"

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