By Tim Green
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780062089595, 288pp.)
Publication Date: March 2013
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When two friends compete, one of them will be forced out.
Joey and Zach have always been best friends. They're also two of the best baseball players in their league, and shoo-ins for the all-star team at the end of the season. Their dream is to play together on the Center State select team, and they will do anything to help each other get there.
So when Zach is forced to go on an extra-credit field trip that would make him miss the championship game and his chances to move on, Joey comes up with a risky plan to bail him out. Everything should be fineas long as no one finds out what they did.
Then the unthinkable happens: The boys learn there's only one open spot on the select team. Suddenly Joey and Zach go from being best friends to biggest rivals, and Joey has to decide his next move. He can play the biggest game of his life, or he can use their secret to force Zach out. How far should Joey go to win?
In this tense, action-packed story that takes an increasingly common dilemma in competitive sports to new heights, former NFL defensive end Tim Green perfectly captures the kids who will push themselves to the limit to competeeven if it means putting everything on the line.
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 the "New York Times" bestselling "Baseball Great", "Rivals", and "Best of the Best". He has also written the novels "Football Genius", "Football Champ", and "The Big Time", starring Troy White, and "Football Hero", starring Ty Lewis. Troy and Ty meet in Tim's exciting new Football Genius novel, "Deep Zone".
Tim lives with his wife, Illyssa, and their five children in upstate New York.