By Tim Green
HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780061122705, 256pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2007
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. Perfect for fans of Mike Lupica.
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.
“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