Football Hero (Hardcover)
HarperCollins Publishers, 9780061122743, 297pp.
Publication Date: April 22, 2008
Ty Lewis can't believe it when Coach V recruits him for the football team. This is Ty's big chance to prove how fast he is on the field, get a fresh start in a new school, and be like his older brother, Thane "Tiger" Lewis, who's about to graduate from college--and is being courted by the NFL.
But Ty's guardian, Uncle Gus, won't let him play. Uncle Gus needs Ty to scrub floors and toilets for his cleaning business while he cooks up gambling schemes with the local mob boss, a man called "Lucy."
When Lucy hears just how famous Ty's older brother is, he becomes suddenly friendly. Are the questions Lucy is asking Ty really about fantasy football . . . or is the Mafia using Ty to get valuable insider info from his superstar brother? Desperately worried, Ty must come up with a plan to save Thane's football career--and, ultimately, his life.
Author of the New York Times bestselling Football Genius, former NFL player Tim Green will have you on the edge of your seat rooting for Ty--and enjoying an up-close look at what it's like to be inside the NFL.
Praise For Football Hero…
“Even better than Football Genius...lots of fast-moving action and suspense...sure to be a hit.”
-KLIATT starred review
“Instantly gripping...[keeps] the tension level high and the pages flipping furiously...sure to have a great many fans.”
“[T]he moral choices faced by the hero are heart-wrenchingly realistic, while the detailed description of the world surrounding the life of a professional football player will appeal to the many fans of the sport.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“[B]riskly paced, ... a good bet for sports-minded reluctant readers.”
-School Library Journal