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Football Hero
Football Genius Series, Book 2
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Success comes with risk and a high price in this thrilling standalone football novel from New York Times bestselling author and former NFL player Tim Green. Perfect for fans of Mike Lupica.Ever since...
Success comes with risk and a high price in this thrilling standalone football novel from New York Times bestselling author and former NFL player Tim Green. Perfect for fans of Mike Lupica.Ever since...
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  • Success comes with risk and a high price in this thrilling standalone football novel from New York Times bestselling author and former NFL player Tim Green. Perfect for fans of Mike Lupica.

    Ever since Ty Lewis was orphaned and forced to stay with his legal guardian, Uncle Gus, he's always wanted to prove how fast he is on a football field and be like his older brother, Thane "Tiger" Lewis, who's about to graduate from college—and is being courted by the NFL.

    But instead of playing football, he's scrubbing bathrooms after school for his uncle's cleaning service. Thane is the only bright spot in Ty's life. And now Uncle Gus wants to use Ty to get to him and obtain valuable insider information for a local mob boss called "Lucy" and his gambling ring.

    Can Ty break free to save not only Thane's football career, but his life?

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  • Chapter One

    Turning twelve didn't matter to Ty. Birthdays, like Christmas and every other holiday, had lost their thrill. Most of the day had already passed without anything special happening and Ty didn't expect that to change. He knew the surprise his aunt and uncle had promised him wouldn't amount to much more than a pair of underwear or a new ax for splitting wood, maybe a blanket. Surprises had a place in his other life, the one before his parents died.

    But when Ty grabbed the handrail and stepped up into the school bus, he was surprised when someone yanked him back to earth and spun him around.

    "Why weren't you in gym class?"

    Coach V had a voice like a growling Doberman, and he scowled down at Ty without easing the stranglehold on his upper arm. Ty's face overheated. He swallowed and looked around. The bus at the front of the line hissed and roared, grinding gears and filling the air with a cloud of diesel fumes.

    "I was in Mrs. Brennan's office," Ty said, looking down at the broken line of the curb. Mrs. Brennan was the school psychologist.

    The coach ran a hand over the bristles of his dark hair, and his face softened a bit.

    "You're not in trouble?" he asked softly.

    Ty looked at his blue no-name sneakers and shook his head. "For the accident."

    "Does she help?" the coach asked, still soft.

    Ty knew that when adults asked questions, they already had the answer they wanted in mind. The right answer wasn't that the death of his mom and dad had left a hole in his heart too big to be helped. The right answer was yes, and that's what he said.

    Coach V nodded and turned his big, sharp nose in the direction of the bus, eyes hiding behind the kind of mirror sunglasses that cops usually wore, the kind that reminded Ty of a housefly.

    "We got spring football today," the coach said, turning the insect eyes back at Ty so that he could see two dark-haired boys with glasses staring back in their mirrors. "You interested?"

    "Spring football?" Ty asked, blinking and pushing his own glasses back up to the top of his nose.

    "It's a club, just for one week," Coach V said. "It lets me get the team together to see where we're at. They didn't have spring football in your old school?"

    "I went to Tully. There's no football until you get to high school."

    "Small town, huh?"

    Ty jumped when his bus driver blared her horn and bellowed out at him, "Let's go!"

    "There's a sports bus at five," the coach said.

    "You think I could play?" Ty asked.

    The coach looked up at the bus driver with a twisted smile and pumped his thumb toward the exit.

    "Go ahead, I got him," he said to the driver.

    The door slammed shut, and the bus growled away, unleashing the long line of waiting buses to do the same. Ty couldn't hear the coach's words over their roar until they reached the top steps of the school.

    "I'm sorry," Ty said. "I didn't hear you."

    "Of course I want you to play," the coach said. "You're the fastest kid in sixth grade and I need some deep speed for my passing game."

    "I'm not too skinny?" Ty said, glancing down at his thin legs.

    "Deion Sanders was skinny, but if you're the fastest man on the planet it doesn't matter."

    "Who's Deion Sanders?"

    Coach V stopped and looked at him, then shook his head and said, "You're too young."

    Ty swung the old pillowcase his aunt made him use for a book bag over his shoulder and hustled to keep up. "My older brother plays football."

    "Great," the coach said. He swung open the locker room door and banged his palm on one of the old metal lockers. "Get your gym clothes on and get outside."

    "At Syracuse," Ty said, setting his pillowcase full of books down on the scarred wooden bench.

    Coach V froze and whipped off his sunglasses as he spun...

About the Author-

  • Tim Green, for many years a star defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons, is a man of many talents. He's the author of such gripping books for adults as the New York Times bestselling The Dark Side of the Game and American Outrage. Tim graduated covaledictorian from Syracuse University and was a first-round draft pick. He later earned his law degree with honors, and he has also worked as an NFL commentator for FOX Sports and NPR.

    His first book for young readers, Football Genius, inspired in part by his players and his own kids, became a New York Times bestseller and was followed by Football Hero, Football Champ, The Big Time, and Deep Zone. He drew on his experiences playing and coaching Little League for Rivals and Pinch Hit and two more New York Times bestsellers: Baseball Great and Best of the Best.

    Bestselling author Jon Scieszka called Tim Green's Unstoppable, a book about a boy's struggle with cancer that debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, "Absolutely heroic. And something every guy should read."

    Tim Green lives with his wife, Illyssa, and their five children in upstate New York.

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  • DOGO Books m1kimbar - I decided to read this book because it looked like an interesting book, of course after I read the back. The book is about this young boy name Ty, who gets into some "business" with gambling. Ty is telling his uncle's gambling boss, Lucy, about the injuries on the Jets. Every Friday Ty goes with his older brother Thane "Tiger" Lewis, to dinner. He asks about the injuries for his "Fantasy Football Team", but its really for Lucy. Football Hero is an awesome book, so you might want to read it to find out the ending, which I didn't say.
  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2008
    Gr 5-8-In this novel by a former NFL star, middle schooler Ty Lewis is going through a tough time following the death of his parents. He has been taken in by his aunt and uncle, but they treat him badly, dressing him in hand-me-downs, making him sleep on a mattress on the floor of the laundry room, and forcing him to use a portable toilet in the backyard even though there is a bathroom in the house. Ty is having problems at school as well, where his appearance, social status, and bookishness lead to his being bullied. Through all his troubles, he is buoyed by his faith in his older brother, who is an All-American college football player soon to sign a lucrative pro contract. Ty has his own dreams of football glory after being recruited by the middle school coach, who has noticed that Ty is the fastest boy in the sixth grade. His plans are derailed, however, when his uncle makes him work after school in his cleaning business. After Thane signs his pro contract, Uncle Gus's organized-crime associates press Ty for inside information on injured players on Thane's team, which he innocently supplies. This gets both brothers in trouble with the FBI, but they cooperate with authorities and all ends well. While there are some implausible elements (including Ty's overpowering a crowbar-wielding mafia hitman), the novel is briskly paced and undemanding, and might be a good bet for sports-minded reluctant readers."Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT"

    Copyright 2008 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • KLIATT starred review

    "Even better than Football Genius...lots of fast-moving action and suspense...sure to be a hit."

  • Kirkus Reviews

    "Instantly gripping...[keeps] the tension level high and the pages flipping furiously...sure to have a great many fans."

  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

    "[T]he moral choices faced by the hero are heart-wrenchingly realistic, while the detailed description of the world surrounding the life of a professional football player will appeal to the many fans of the sport."

  • School Library Journal

    "[B]riskly paced, ... a good bet for sports-minded reluctant readers."

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