Synopses & Reviews
A timely book about bullies, their victims, and a high school football team where winning is the only thing that matters
This intense sports novel will strike a chord with those who followed the tragic football stories that broke in 2011. In this heart-pounding debut, Joshua C. Cohen conveys the pressures and politics of being a high school athlete in a way that is both insightful and compelling. At Oregrove High, there's an extraordinary price for victory, paid both on and off the football field, and it claims its victims without mercy. When the unthinkable happens, an unlikely friendship is at the heart of an increasingly violent, steroid-infused power struggle. This is a book that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.
“Non-sports fans will root for underdog Troy...and enthusiasts will thrill to the first-hand knowledge Green brings” Publishers Weekly
“Appealing...the effortless commingling of real players with fictional characters should keep middle-graders engrossed.” Bulletin of the Center for Children & #8217;s Books
“...will appeal to all young football fans with its authentic football action and determined young hero.” KLIATT
“Green makes Troy a winning hero, and he ties everything together with a fast-moving plot.” ALA Booklist
“A first purchase for libraries looking to bolster their sports fiction.” School Library Journal
The action-packed "New York Times" bestseller written by a former NFL player is the story of a 12-year-old boy with a phenomenal gift: He can predict any football play before it happens. This edition includes an interview with the author and a preview of his next book.
Bestselling author and former NFL player Tim Green scores a touchdown with this exhilarating novel, his first for young readers.Football Geniusis an action-packed adventure with gripping suspense, a hero you can really root for, and an insider's look at the world of professional football. Perfect for fans of Mike Lupica.
An ordinary boy with an extraordinary talent.
Troy White can predict any football play before it happens. And when his single mom gets a job with the Atlanta Falcons, Troy knows it's his big chance to help them out of their slump and finally prove his football genius. But unless Troy can convince star linebacker Seth Halloway that he's telling the truth, the Falcons' championship and Troy's mom's job are in serious jeopardy.
An ordinary boy with an extraordinary talent
Troy White can predict any football play before it happens. And when his single mom gets a job with the Atlanta Falcons, Troy knows it's his big chance to help them out of their slump—and finally prove his football genius. But unless Troy can convince star linebacker Seth Halloway that he's telling the truth, the Falcons' championship—and Troy's mom's job—are in serious jeopardy.
About the Author
Tim Green, for many years a star defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons, is a man of many talents. He's the author of such gripping books for adults as the New York Times
bestselling The Dark Side of the Game
and American Outrage
. Tim graduated covaledictorian from Syracuse University and was a first-round draft pick. He later earned his law degree with honors, and he has also worked as an NFL commentator for FOX Sports and NPR.
His first book for young readers, Football Genius, inspired in part by his players and his own kids, became a New York Times bestseller and was followed by Football Hero, Football Champ, The Big Time, and Deep Zone. He drew on his experiences playing and coaching Little League for Rivals and Pinch Hit and two more New York Times bestsellers: Baseball Great and Best of the Best.
Bestselling author Jon Scieszka called Tim Green's Unstoppable, a book about a boy's struggle with cancer that debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, "Absolutely heroic. And something every guy should read."
Tim Green lives with his wife, Illyssa, and their five children in upstate New York.