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Football Genius
Football Genius Series, Book 1
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When Tory White's mom gets a job with the Atlanta Falcons, Tory demonstrates his uncanny ability to call football plays before they happen. With Troy's genius, the Falcons could be unstoppable - if...
When Tory White's mom gets a job with the Atlanta Falcons, Tory demonstrates his uncanny ability to call football plays before they happen. With Troy's genius, the Falcons could be unstoppable - if...
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  • When Tory White's mom gets a job with the Atlanta Falcons, Tory demonstrates his uncanny ability to call football plays before they happen. With Troy's genius, the Falcons could be unstoppable - if only the coaches would take him seriously!

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  • Tim Green was a first-round NFL draft pick and former star defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons. He has also published a dozen suspense novels for adults. He lives in Upstate New York.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Green's football story is aided by a cast of more than a dozen people, including several of his family members. Voices for gruff coaches, a scowling bully, an understanding team owner, and trio of pals move the plot along. The voices--young and old--are used well in this production, the story of a 12-year-old, Troy, who has the ability to forecast plays, a special skill lands him in trouble. Frustration mounts as Troy tries desperately to convince people of his football vision. He also wonders about a long-lost father as his mom earns a job with a pro team. Green's enjoyable tale and narration hold a message about the importance of telling the truth. M.B. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 9, 2007
    Adult author and former Atlanta Falcon Green (American Outrage
    ) delivers a satisfying YA debut, using his own NFL experience to bring readers behind the scenes. Twelve-year-old Troy White’s athletic ability and his preternatural talent for predicting football strategy are both going to waste (he’s stuck playing second-string on his team), until frustration with a vicious bully on his team pushes him to “borrow” an official NFL football from local Atlanta Falcons star linebacker Seth Halloway. As Troy languishes on his own football team and resents the father who abandoned him, he strives to alert the Falcons of his gift: “Sometimes a kid’s heart tells him to do something and he needs to listen, even if it means getting in trouble.” Acting as a mentor, Seth encourages Troy to come clean about his adventures (“The truth is more important than the trouble it brings”) and to forgive his father’s desertion (“All I know is, things happen. Unless you’re the one they’re happening to, you usually can’t understand it”). Seth ends up dating Troy’s mother and coaching Troy’s team, giving Troy the chance to shine not only on the sidelines, where his play-predicting ability helps bring the Falcons to victory, but on the field as well. “There was no rage fueling him now. It was something else, a blinding energy he never knew he had.” Non-sports fans will root for underdog Troy (“I want to do something. I want to be something. I thought this was my chance”) and enthusiasts will thrill to the firsthand knowledge Green brings to the novel. Ages 10-up.

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