By Tim Green
(HarperCollins, Paperback, 9780061626883, 272pp.)
Publication Date: March 2010
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When the school paper calls him "Grant Middle's best hope for its first-ever city-wide championship," Josh feels like he's starting to get noticedin good and bad ways. Seeing Josh's talent, his father drags him out of the school baseball tryouts and gets him in the running for the Titans, the local youth championship team coached by Rocky Valentine.
All Josh really wants to do is play ball, but now Rocky wants him to gulp down protein shakes and other supplements. Suspicious, Josh and his new friend, Jaden, uncover a dangerous secretand catch the attention of one man who will do anything to keep them from exposing it.
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 delivers a fast-paced story, told in short chapters that build to the exciting climax. Add this to other novels that feature the temptations of steroids for young athletes, including Carl Deuker’s Gym Candy (2007) and John Coy’s Crackback (2005).”