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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Series: Football Genius
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062012444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062012449
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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Tim is the NY TIMES BESTSELLING author of fourteen highly successful suspense novels, including soon-to-be-released FALSE CONVICTIONS and national bestseller ABOVE THE LAW, as well the non-fiction New York Times Bestseller, THE DARK SIDE OF THE GAME which was featured on CBS's 60 Minutes. His last five novels have all been national bestsellers hitting the charts between #22 and #30 on the NY Times Bestseller list. While his first five novels used professional football as their backdrop, his most recent works have drawn more on his experiences as a lawyer exploring the themes of ambition and revenge.

Tim is also the author of a memoir entitled A MAN AND HIS MOTHER: AN ADOPTED SON'S SEARCH which was featured in PEOPLE magazine, Entertainment Tonight, and ABC's Prime Time.
His writing career began at Syracuse University where he was a Rossman Scholar for Humanities, a Syracuse Scholar, an NCAA Top Six Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, and co-valedictorian of his class. While studying English Literature, Tim became acquainted with the renowned minimalist Raymond Carver, and had the opportunity to study under the award-winning writer and professor Tobias Wolff.

During his studies, Tim also played football for the Syracuse Orangemen with a career that included a consensus All-American honors as well as his recent induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1986, he was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons where he was a star defensive end for eight years. During his NFL career, Green began his thirteen year career as a commentator for National Public Radio, wrote columns for USA Today, and received his law degree with honors at Syracuse University. Because of his accomplishments both Sports Illustrated and the Los Angeles Times have called Tim Green the "Renaissance Man" of sports. After his playing career, Tim spent eleven years as an NFL analyst for FOX Sports and recently hosted FOX's nationally syndicated news magazine, A Current Affair. His other broadcast experiences have included ABC Good Morning America's legal commentator, Court TV's Pros and Cons, host of FOX Sports Net's Emmy nominated show NFL TOTAL ACCESS, and Comedy Central's Battlebots. Recently, Tim hosted the ABC Prime Time reality show, FIND MY FAMILY.
In 2007, Tim wrote FOOTBALL GENIUS, his first novel for young readers, and an instant NY Times Bestseller. The success and enjoyment of working with his own kids on the project resulted in FOOTBALL HERO, which was released in 2008. In both novels, Tim models the main characters after his own children, submerging them into a suspenseful world that blends adolescent life and sports with the visceral realm of the NFL. FOOTBALL HERO was selected as a Junior Library Guild choice and a GMA summer page turner for young adults. Most recently he released BASEBALL GREAT, another NY Times Bestseller, as well as FOOTBALL CHAMP. Tim's newest young reader novel, RIVALS, will be released in stores in March 2010.
Tim lives with his wife, Illyssa, and their five children in upstate New York. More information about Tim can be found at his Web site www.timgreenbooks.com.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Catrina T. on August 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I will be the first one to admit that I do not know anything about American football. My friends tried to educate me but I am football-dumb. I do know some players because I watch ESPN from time to time especially during tennis season. But I do know that this sport is a very big deal to its players and their fans.

Ty Lewis is the younger brother of NFL player Thane "Tiger" Lewis. As an aspiring football player himself, Ty makes the local 7-on-7 team as a wide receiver. He hopes his exceptional speed and natural talent will help his team win the tournament. Their opponent has Troy White, a very skilled quarterback that makes it seem that his team is unbeatable. Both kids want to win but football is the least of their problems. The mafia has some unfinished business and the boys somehow get in the middle of it.

Even though I know next to nothing about football, I enjoyed this book very much. I mean, the author himself played in the NFL for eight years. It took a while to get the hang of it; it started with a lot of football talk. And I think this is third in a series of books. It is fast paced and it flowed nicely even with short chapters. I like the relationship between Thane and Ty, even with the ten-year age gap between them. Thane seemed like a laid back, nice guy. And Ty, I loved his internal conversations about the stuff that's happening around him. It felt seemed so real. He seemed like a good kid. I didn't care for the other characters that much because there were so little about them. (Maybe in the previous books?)

There were other football game scenes in this book. I'm sure kids who play/know the sport will definitely appreciate those. The action was well-written and easy enough to understand. It was written in simple English.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By thegeneral 6 on March 9, 2013
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This book is amazing with many twists and turns. It makes you want to read it!!!!!!!!! Very good, spectacular book.
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It's understandable when some guy on another team isn't so nice to you. But what if it's a relative? Aren't family members supposed to stick together and watch out for each other? What if you discover that a certain someone you thought was your competitor is really on your side? Would you change your mind about him?

The world of football is one big family to some people, and author Tim Green highlights that fact in his new book. Green has explored family issues in previous Football Genius books, but in DEEP ZONE, he expands on the idea of watching your brother's (or cousin's) back when the going gets tough on the field or in real life.

Green introduced football players Troy White (who lives in Georgia) and Ty Lewis (who resides in New Jersey) in previous books of the series. For DEEP ZONE, the two middle-school gridiron phenoms meet in Miami, Florida at the seven-on-seven national championship games. A natural sense of competitiveness develops between the boys. After all, they could possibly end up facing off against each other for the trophy in the Sunday final being played on the same field as the Super Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets. And they both have an interest in the same young lady. Tate is Troy's friend and plays on the middle-school team at home as a kicker. When Ty gets a look at her, something he's never felt before happens, and he can't get her off his mind. More competition for the two young football standouts.

Besides football, Troy and Ty have big-time connections to the Super Bowl teams in town for the ultimate game of the season. Troy's mother is on the public relations staff for the Falcons, and Ty's brother Thane is a player (on injured reserves) for the Jets.
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This was a awesome book. It has Troy and Ty in it. Troy and Ty find out they're cousins. You should totally read Deep Zone.
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By mtmiller on June 4, 2014
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I'll say two words, awesome book!!! l recommend every single person in this world to read this book. Maybe one of the best Tim Green books I've ever read.
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By A reader on June 2, 2014
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This is one of my most cherished books of all time. This is an excellent book for readers of all ages. You do not even have to like football to enjoy this book!!!
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By Gibbs Wife on May 30, 2014
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My son started with the last book in this guys series and loved it so I bought him the the previous ones
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In Deep Zone there are two brothers that live together. The oldest brother, Thane, cares for the younger brother, Ty, and plays as a wide receiver in the NFL. Ty, the younger brother, plays for a youth football team who is competing in a 7 on 7 tournament during the Super Bowl in Miami. While playing for the New York Jets, Thane hurts his knee and is in the hospital for a long time. Ty then goes into the care of Agent Sutherland and is hunted by the mafia.
There are many strengths and weaknesses in the book Deep Zone. For example, Deep Zone states, “Back at the hotel, Thane stripped off his jeans to reveal a knee that was swollen and red.” This shows that figurative language is a strength because it helps you understand what is going on when Thane gets hurt and describes the seriousness of the injury. The books plot is easy to understand and it is suspenseful. A weakness in Deep Zone to me would be the final game of the 7 on 7 tournament. The details of the game and intense action could have been better understood if it was included in one chapter instead of over several chapters with other events happening in between. This creates confusion for the reader especially a younger reader who is the target audience.
Deep Zone is one of my favorite books I read this year. I recommend this book to people that like sports and action packed adventure with twists and turns. This book is realistic fiction.
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