By Tim Green
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780061122705, 256pp.)
Publication Date: August 2007
Troy White has a phenomenal gift. He can predict football plays before they happen. Any position. Any player. Any team.
When Troy's single mom gets a job working in public relations for the Atlanta Falcons, Troy figures it's his chance to prove what he can do. But first he has to get to the Falcons—and with tight security and a notoriously mean coach, even his mom's field passes aren't much help.
Then Troy and his best friends devise a plan to get the attention of star linebacker Seth Halloway. With Seth's playing and Troy's genius, the Falcons could be unstoppable—if they'll only listen.
Bestselling author and former NFL player Tim Green scores a touchdown with this exhilarating novel, his first for young readers. Football Genius is an action-packed adventure with gripping suspense, a hero you can really root for, and an insider's look at the world of professional football.
Tim Green played Little League baseball for many years before specializing in football. After graduating as co-valedictorian from Syracuse University, he was a first-round NFL draft pick and played as a star defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons for eight years.
When his sons began to play baseball, Tim drew on his early love of the game to coach their teams. His exciting books for young readers include Unstoppable, Pinch Hit, and Rivals as well as the New York Times bestsellers Baseball Great and Best of the Best, starring Josh, Jaden, and Benji. He has also written the novels Football Genius, Football Champ, Football Hero, and Deep Zone, starring Troy White and Ty Lewis.
Tim Green lives with his wife, Illyssa, and their five children in upstate New York.
“Green makes Troy a winning hero, and he ties everything together with a fast-moving plot.”
“A first purchase for libraries looking to bolster their sports fiction.”
-School Library Journal
“...will appeal to all young football fans with its authentic football action and determined young hero.”
“Non-sports fans will root for underdog Troy...and enthusiasts will thrill to the first-hand knowledge Green brings”
“Appealing...the effortless commingling of real players with fictional characters should keep middle-graders engrossed.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books