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Football Hero (Football Genius) Hardcover – April 22, 2008

4.8 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in the Football Genius Series

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Grade 5–8—In this novel by a former NFL star, middle schooler Ty Lewis is going through a tough time following the death of his parents. He has been taken in by his aunt and uncle, but they treat him badly, dressing him in hand-me-downs, making him sleep on a mattress on the floor of the laundry room, and forcing him to use a portable toilet in the backyard even though there is a bathroom in the house. Ty is having problems at school as well, where his appearance, social status, and bookishness lead to his being bullied. Through all his troubles, he is buoyed by his faith in his older brother, who is an All-American college football player soon to sign a lucrative pro contract. Ty has his own dreams of football glory after being recruited by the middle school coach, who has noticed that Ty is the fastest boy in the sixth grade. His plans are derailed, however, when his uncle makes him work after school in his cleaning business. After Thane signs his pro contract, Uncle Gus's organized-crime associates press Ty for inside information on injured players on Thane's team, which he innocently supplies. This gets both brothers in trouble with the FBI, but they cooperate with authorities and all ends well. While there are some implausible elements (including Ty's overpowering a crowbar-wielding mafia hitman), the novel is briskly paced and undemanding, and might be a good bet for sports-minded reluctant readers.—Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT
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“Even better than Football Genius...lots of fast-moving action and suspense...sure to be a hit.” (KLIATT starred review)

“Instantly gripping...[keeps] the tension level high and the pages flipping furiously...sure to have a great many fans.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“[T]he moral choices faced by the hero are heart-wrenchingly realistic, while the detailed description of the world surrounding the life of a professional football player will appeal to the many fans of the sport.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“[B]riskly paced, ... a good bet for sports-minded reluctant readers.” (School Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 840 (What's this?)
  • Series: Football Genius (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061122742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061122743
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Other reviewers have done a great job explaining the plot of "Football Hero" by Tim Green. Anyone who reads this book will enjoy the story and the satisfying "good guys win with a compromise" ending. What is just as valuable is Green's writing style for young readers and the voice he projects in this title and last year's book "Football Genius."

Green has experience writing adult thrillers and non-fiction about life in the National Football League. Young readers get to partake of his writing talents and skill with all things literary by reading his new books. The language is accessible, the chapters are comfortable and managable in length, and the action is well considered. Green turns a not so good situation for a teenaged boy who has lost his family into a winning final score by giving young Ty Lewis a conscience. His choices to do the right thing are influenced by his older brother Thane's sage like stories of advice and this brings them closer while they are healing over the loss of their parents. There are many brotherhoods featured in "Football Hero" and Green prioritizes them so that readers understand that brothers can and should be able to count on each other for anything.

Teachers, librarians, and parents looking for something to encourage boys 8-12 to read will be pleased with Green's books.
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A Kid's Review on September 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Do you love football? Do you love action packed and thrilling novels? Then this is the book for you. This book is about a teenage boy named Ty Lewis. His parents have just been killed in a car crash, that left him living with his aunt and uncle. Ty's brother, Thane, "Tiger" Lewis just got drafted to play for the New York Jets.
Ty's aunt and uncle aren't the nicest of people. Once Ty turned 13, his uncle got him a working permit, to work for Uncle Gus's cleaning company. Ty has to clean disgusting, smelly toilets and vivid, yellow, vomit in the sink, for a sports bar ran by a mobster named Lucy. Lucy controls Uncle Gus like a puppet. With all the gambling going around (and Uncle Gus losing), Uncle Gus is usually walking around with bruises and a crowbar print on his face. All Ty wants to do is play football like his all-American brother, Thane.
If you love football and action packed, thrilling novels, this is the book for you. Tim Green is a great author. He blends both his knowledge of sports and the real-life drama fluently, it's amazing. Go do yourself a favor and read this book.
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Great book for anyone interested in football. Me and my brother enjoyed this book, it was awesome to know that he knew what a Jugs machine was. He used to play football in High School over 30 years ago so of course he new what a Jugs machine is.( I on the other hand had to get out the dictionary )
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Ty Lewis' parents have died in an accident, so he has gone to live with his dad's sister, Aunt Virginia, and Uncle Gus. Ty's older brother is Thane (aka Tiger) Lewis, a hopeful NFL first-round draft pick from Syracuse University. Thane and Ty are close, but because Thane is finishing up his college degree, Ty is forced to remain with his aunt and uncle.

Living with his aunt and uncle is horrible. Ty remembers the loving home he came from, and misses his parents terribly. His relatives make him sleep on a stained mattress on the floor in the laundry room. His uncle has scavenged an old Porta Potti that he forces Ty to use instead of the indoor plumbing. And now it's his twelfth birthday. Ty doesn't expect anything exciting, and it's even worse than he thought possible. His uncle presents him with a work permit allowing Ty to work for the family cleaning business. So while Ty and his cousin, Charlotte, spend their evenings after school scrubbing toilets and floors, his uncle sits back and drinks beer and socializes.

Ty has two shining spots in his life: his brother, Thane, and the chance to play on his middle school football team. Ty is fast and has sure hands. Coach V has great plans for Ty for the upcoming season. But his Uncle Gus does everything he can to keep Ty from playing football and away from his brother.

Then, Thane gets his draft pick and is worth millions. Uncle Gus enters into illegal gambling with the mafia, and Ty and Thane are the unwitting pawns. With the intervention of the FBI, Ty may come out better or worse than he started. But you have to read the story to see how the plot twists and turns.

I admit that I have never heard of Mr. Green before reading this story.
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A Kid's Review on September 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Football Hero
This book is about a 13 year old boy named Ty Lewis. His brother Thane "Tiger" Lewis, was a standout at Syracuse University and just got drafted by The New York Jets. Ty's parents just died in a car crash and he had to live with his aunt and uncle. Uncle Gus and Aunt Virginia aren't the nicest of people. Uncle Gus works for a mobster named Lucy. That's when Uncle Gus and Lucy came up with their master plan.
Their master plan was to find out through Ty's brother who was injured, so they knew which were the best teams to bet on. All Ty wanted to do that week was to focus on his game, which was against their rival. When Ty was coming home after Thane's game, police officers pulled Ty and Thane over for questioning. They went back to an old shed and they informed Ty and Thane that they were in danger because people were coming after Thane. When the mob was trying to come after Thane the FBI agents protected Thane. Ty had to rush to his game, his team was down and Ty made an amazing catch to win the game. After the game, the FBI agents put Uncle Gus's family into the witness protection program. At the last second Thane offered Ty to come live with them.
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