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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062012460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062012463
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Green goes Hollywood-literally (School Library Journal)

Exciting and humorous. Many young readers will enjoy thislighthearted and fast-moving modern take on a familiar plot device, including fans of Green’s other sports novels. (Booklist)

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kolbe iwan on April 12, 2012
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tim green is amazing the best sports author of our time he hits a homerun and doesnt let you drop the book until the final pages TIM GREEN if your reading this im your #1 fan make more books like this and please make more baseball greats or football genius
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Another stunning story by Tim Green. This modern day Prince and the Pauper showcases chapters that alternate between the characters of Trevor and Sam--each holds a cliff-hanger, so you must read on quickly to find out what's happened! Zowee!
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By Clayton Oney on January 10, 2013
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This is a great book. I loved reading it and I look forward to reading more by Tim Green. So worth it.
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Great! This will work well with our school. It will meet the needs of our students and faculty as required.
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By L. Anderson on November 27, 2012
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Cool but crazy I mean people trading lives' crazy. However, this book you just will not want to put down.
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By c908 on September 13, 2012
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awesome book recomended byme. the ten bucks to buy this book was totally worth it. it was a book that left me hanging off the edge of my chair.
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The "pinch hitter" is a stand-in, or a substitute, for the regularly scheduled hitter in baseball. When the pinch hitter is an identical twin, does anybody care? Does it matter which twin is at the plate swinging the bat? It matters to the twins. The magic, mystery and fun of the twins phenomenon is the heart and soul of Tim Green's new novel, PINCH HIT. What's fascinating about the twins' saga is that even though both boys were separated at birth and haven't seen each other for 13 years, they share the same dream: to play baseball in the big leagues someday.
The first time Trevor and Sam meet and shake hands, Trevor is overwhelmed by a strange sensation he can't explain. He is convinced someone is playing tricks with his mind. He thinks he is looking into a mirror and can't let go of the guy's hand. Something tells him that everything about his life, and possibly the life of the boy standing opposite him, is about to change in a big way.

Only in Hollywood, where Trevor is a teenage film star, could such a charming and believable story about reuniting twins be cast. The movie-making world is the perfect setting for the situation where Trevor's long-lost identical twin brother is chosen as his stand-in. The stand-in takes the star's place while the crew sets up the shot for the film. When Sam wanders into central casting looking for part-time work, he's immediately snatched up as a stand-in for his identical twin, but no one knows at first that the boys are related.

Of course, there is a good reason why Sam is on a movie lot looking for work and why Trevor is running bases with the Los Angeles Dodgers as his 13th birthday present. But when the boys figure out how easy it is to "pinch hit" for each other, unsuspecting adults and friends are befuddled and worried.
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By Alex Scovill on September 6, 2014
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Very good book. The story seems to move faster towards the end. But never a boring part.
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