Over the End Line
By Alfred C. Martino
(Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152061210, 320pp.)
Publication Date: July 2009
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Kyle Saint-Claire is everything Jonny Fehey wishes to be: a star on and off the soccer field, a brain, and one of Millburn High’s most popular students. Jonny unhappily accepts his lesser social status--but then he scores the go-ahead goal in the county soccer championship and everything changes. Jonny is invited to victory party with the in crowd, and alcohol flows freely as toasts are raised in his honor. But in his moment of glory, a classmate is raped and Jonny's world begins to unravel. Through years of friendship, Kyle and Jonny have always stood up for each another, but suddenly their friendship is tested. All their training together, pain, and dedication become meaningless; Jonny’s preconceived notions are shattered; and someone is out for revenge.
Exciting sports action combines with an undercurrent of evil in a suspenseful tale of pride cometh before the fall--and an ending that Jonny never saw coming.
ALFRED C. MARTINO is founder and president of Listen & Live Audio. He lives in New Jersey.
"Jonny’s convincing narration reveals a sympathetic character with authentic teen issues he cannot control."--Kirkus Reviews