By Mike Lupica
(Philomel Books, Hardcover, 9780399246265, 256pp.)
Publication Date: November 3, 2009
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Nate Brodie is nicknamed Brady not only for his arm, but also because he's the biggest Tom Brady fan. He's even saved up to buy an autographed football. And when he does, he wins the chance for something he's never dreamed of to throw a pass through a target at a Patriots game for one million dollars.
Nate should be excited. But things have been tough lately. His dad lost his job and his family is losing their home. It's no secret that a million dollars would go a long way. So all Nate feels is pressure, and just when he needs it most, his golden arm begins to fail him. Even worse, his best friend Abby is going blind, slowly losing her ability to do the one thing she loves most paint. Yet Abby never complains, and she is Nate's inspiration. He knows she ll be there when he makes the throw of a lifetime.
Mike Lupica's latest sports novel is also his most heartwarming.
Lupica's football action engages, and his delineation of the athlete's thought process and emotional highs and lows of competition feels visceral and real. "Kirkus Reviews"
Lupica explores the themes of believing in yourself and handling pressure. Teens who love sports fiction . . . will find this book a rapid, enjoyable read. "VOYA "
Lupica injects plenty of suspenseful sports action into the plot and creates a cast of uniformly likable characters whose faith in teamwork and in each other ultimately earns handsome rewards for all. A natural for graduates of Matt Christopher's sports stories. "Booklist"