Football Hero

By: Tim Green

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.

ISBN: 9780061122750

JLG Release: Aug 2008


Sensitive Areas: Alcohol, Toilet humor, Gambling, Organized crime,
Topics: 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

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Awards & Honors

IRA Young Adult Choices for 2010

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Horn Book

Twelve-year-old Ty Lewis finds himself embroiled in an illegal gambling scheme when his guardian convinces him to crib injury reports from his older brother, a rookie for the New York Jets. Soon Ty finds federal agents and mobsters interested in his information. The premise is a stretch, but the story is suspenseful and doesn't shy away from footba Twelve-year-old Ty Lewis finds himself embroiled in an illegal gambling scheme when his guardian convinces him to crib injury reports from his older brother, a rookie for the New York Jets. Soon Ty finds federal agents and mobsters interested in his information. The premise is a stretch, but the story is suspenseful and doesn't shy away from football's seamier side.

Book Details

ISBN

9780061122750

First Release

August 2008

Genre

Realistic fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.1; Points: 9;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.5; Points: 15;

Lexile

Level 840L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Harpercollins

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Alcohol, Toilet humor, Gambling, Organized crime,

Topics

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,

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