Twelve-year-old Ty is devastated when his uncle Gus tells him he has to spend afternoons scrubbing toilets for the family's cleaning service instead of playing on the football team. But when Ty's older brother, Thane, is selected in the NFL draft, the local mob boss takes an interest. He persuades Gus into letting Ty play football in exchange for insider information about Thane's team. All Ty wanted was a chance to succeed like his brother. Now the brothers are caught in the middle of a Mafia betting scheme, and their futures are in jeopardy.
JLG Release: Aug 2008
Awards & Honors
IRA Young Adult Choices for 2010
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
6" x 9"
Level 5.1; Points: 9;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.5; Points: 15;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Alcohol, Toilet humor, Gambling, Organized crime,
Football, Orphans, Death in the family, Guardianship, Brothers, Memory, Coaching, Bullies, Child labor, Poverty, Janitorial services, Self-defense, Reading, Organized crime, College football, Syracuse University, The NFL draft, The New York Jets, Sports agents, Contracts, Negotiations, Gambling, Doughnuts, Entrepreneurship, Wealth, Fame, New York City, Manners, Food, Threats, Spying, Sports injuries, Fantasy football, Lying, The FBI, Undercover agents, Witness protection, Victory,