By Tim Green
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780062089564, 352pp.)
Publication Date: September 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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On the field or off, it takes all you've got to be a winner.
If anyone understands the phrase "tough luck," it's Harrison. As a foster kid in a cruel home, he knows his dream of one day playing for the NFL is a long shot.
Then Harrison's luck seems to change. He is brought into a new home with kind, loving parentshis new dad is even a football coach. Harrison's big build and his incredible determination quickly make him a star running back on the junior high school team. In no time, he's practically unstoppable.
But Harrison's good luck can't last forever.
In his most dramatic and hard-hitting story yet, former NFL defensive end Tim Green writes about what it takes to be a winner, even when it seems like fate has dealt an impossible hand. Inspired by interviews with real-life cancer survivors and insider sports experience, this unforgettable story shows a brave boy who learns what it truly means to be unstoppable.
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.
“Could not put it down. It is so solid, and real, and true. Absolutely heroic. And something every guy should read.”
-Jon Scieszka, bestselling author and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature emeritus
“I don’t know anyone -- kid or adult -- who won’t root heart and soul for Harrison. Unstoppable means you can’t put this book down!”
-bestselling author Gordon Korman
“The star running back on his junior high school football team is diagnosed with cancer, teaching him the real meaning of bravery and determination.”
-Los Angeles Times
With a sharp intensity fueled by both wrenching events and the main character’s white-hot core of rage, Green sends an abused foster kid blasting his way through daunting challenges on and off the football field. Harrison’s ferocious struggles with inner demons and physical obstacles make absorbing reading.