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.
Adult author and former Atlanta Falcon Green (American Outrage) delivers a satisfying YA debut, using his own NFL experience to bring readers behind the scenes. Twelve-year-old Troy White s athletic ability and his preternatural talent for predicting football strategy are both going to waste (he s stuck playing second-string on his team), until frustration with a vicious bully on his team pushes him to borrow an official NFL football from local Atlanta Falcons star linebacker Seth Halloway. As Troy languishes on his own football team and resents the father who abandoned him, he strives to alert the Falcons of his gift: Sometimes a kid s heart tells him to do something and he needs to listen, even if it means getting in trouble. Acting as a mentor, Seth encourages Troy to come clean about his adventures ( The truth is more important than the trouble it brings ) and to forgive his father s desertion ( All I know is, things happen. Unless you re the one they re happening to, you usually can t understand it ). Seth ends up dating Troy s mother and coaching Troy s team, giving Troy the chance to shine not only on the sidelines, where his play-predicting ability helps bring the Falcons to victory, but on the field as well. There was no rage fueling him now. It was something else, a blinding energy he never knew he had. Non-sports fans will root for underdog Troy ( I want to do something. I want to be something. I thought this was my chance ) and enthusiasts will thrill to the firsthand knowledge Green brings to the novel. Ages 10-up.
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5 star review
Best sport book out there and I think Tim Green is the best Author out there definitely recommend this book there can't be anything better than this book in my opinion.
This book is a well written book by Tim Green. I personally really liked this book. I don't know if it is just because the boys name is the same as mine, but this book has a good balance of football action and a little bit of love. Overall, this is a very good book and is well worth your money. Go Falcons!
This book is a great! I would recommend it to anyone who likes mystery/sport fiction. Definitely worth the price!👍