Synopses & Reviews
It's Tiki and Ronde's second year on their junior high school football team, the Hidden Valley Eagles. The eighth-grade season is here, and the boys have come together as a team. Now key starters, Tiki and Ronde are ready for a great season, and with hard work and determination, maybe they will even go all the way to the State Championship! andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; But when Coach Spangler announces that he has been asked to move up to the high school team, and Mr. Wheeler, the science teacher, is tapped for the head coaching job, the season seems over before it begins. Sure, Coach Wheeler played college football until he was benched by an injury, but it just isn't the same. Tiki wants to give Coach Wheeler a chance, yet the team's loyalties are divided. What does a science teacher know about the game of football? Can the team work together, get behind their new coach, and play smart? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Inspired by the childhood of NFL superstars Tiki and Ronde Barber, andlt;iandgt;Go Long!andlt;/iandgt; is a story of teamwork, perseverance, and what it takes to be a champion.
What will a new coach mean for the team?
Tiki and Ronde are ready for their second year on the Eagles, and now that they are older, they might even see some playing time. After last year's great season, this one looks like it can't miss. That is, until Coach Spangler makes the announcement that he is moving up to the high school team and a new coach is stepping in. But no one expected Mr. Wheeler, the history teacher, to be named coach. To most of the guys, it seems that the season is over before it even starts. Tiki knows that Mr. Wheeler had a pro career until an injury forced him to quit, but Tiki needs help to convince the team.
Inspired by the middle-school years of NFL superstars Tiki and Ronde Barber, Go Long! is a story of teamwork, perseverance, and what it takes to be a champion on and off the field.
Tiki and Ronde are ready for their second year on the Eagles, and now that they are older, they might even see some playing time. That is, until Coach Spangler announces he is moving up to the high school team and a new coach is stepping in.
About the Author
is one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL and wears number 20 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ronde is a Super Bowl winner, a five time Pro Bowl selection, and the first cornerback in the history of the league to have at least 20 sacks and 20 interceptions in a career.
He lives in Florida with his wife, Claudia, and their daughters.
Tiki Barber is a record-holding retired running back for the New York Giants and a three time Pro Bowl selection. He lives in New York state. Paul Mantell is the author of many books for children, including books in the Matt Christopher series.