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Monday, March 29, 2010

Book Review: Football Genius by Tim Green

Green, Tim. Football Genius. New York: HarperCollins, 2008.

Troy knew it was wrong. It was wrong to sneak out of the house after midnight. It was wrong to take something that wasn't yours. And, even though he wasn't that kind of kid, that night, he was doing both.

Troy has the unique ability to predict football plays before they happen, and he knows if he can just get the coach from his favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons, to listen to him, he’ll be able to help them win.

I picked this up, saw that Tim Green was a football player, and thought that surely, it was going to be terrible. Some football player trying to relive his youth or something stupid like that.

I was so wrong. I hate football, but I loved this book. The writing is interesting, the plot draws you in, and there's just enough of everything to keep you reading. It mixes the sports talk (description of plays, etc.) with the real plot enough to make someone like me actually enjoy it. And yet since there is plenty of the sports stuff in there, football fans will love it too.

This is the perfect choice for reluctant readers that love sports. A great choice for Mike Lupica or Matt Christopher fans (and in my opinion, better than either of them.)

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