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Publisher Description

From #1 New York Times bestselling author of TRAVEL TEAM, HEAT, and MILLION-DOLLAR THROW comes a cheer-worthy, family-friendly football novel set amid the Friday Night Lights world of Texas high school football.

Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights (Texas). He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season--not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be royalty . . . and a quarterback. All of which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow, a tall order for any boy, especially one who's merely a freshman.

While his teammates assume the starting job will be handed to Jake on a silver platter, the truth is that he has to fight for every snap and every ounce of respect. Jake may be a Cullen and he may play quarterback, but he is not his brother or his father. Being a good teammate comes naturally to Jake; being a winner and a celebrity does not. He's just like every other boy--awkward around a pretty girl, in awe of his famous family, and desperate to simultaneously blend in and cast his own shadow.

Inspired by the real-life Manning family of quarterbacks (father Archie, Super Bowl-winning sons Peyton and Eli) and set amid the football-crazy culture of Texas immortalized in Friday Night Lights, QB 1 is a coming-of-age story perfect for the fan of MILLION-DOLLAR THROW, HEAT, and of course FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.

"This is a wonderful book by a great writer.  All football fathers and sons will enjoy it."--Archie Manning

Young Adult
September 17
Penguin Young Readers Group

Customer Reviews

ScReads10987 ,

Good book

Mike Lupica's QB 1 was a highly hyped book, at least in the area I live in. This book was praised by critics from day one, and often compared to the all time sports book great "Friday Night Lights".
While QB 1 is a well written book, and a great read, it isn't in the same airspace of Friday Night Lights, mostly because QB 1 in fictional. Still, this book has a great, and realistic story that captures the reader and keeps them reading.
Although Lupica is known for shorter books, he did a great job putting together this 270 + page book. I feel that this could be Lupica's very best book, and to me was a great read that kept me turning the pages!.
Good read!

bs shx ,

No audio book

It says it was an audiobook but it’s not

MinnesotFootballGuy ,


This book was a real page-turner for me. Anyone who likes football would enjoy this book.

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