Before I start, really apologize for the upload schedule, school has got me jammed. Will try to keep up the reviews.
Age Group: Middle Grade
Genre: Sports Fiction
Publishing Date: April 22nd 2008 by Harper Collins
Summary: Ty Lewis can't believe it when Coach V recruits him for the football team. This is Ty's big chance to prove how fast he is on the field, get a fresh start in a new school, and be like his older brother, Thane "Tiger" Lewis, who's about to graduate from college—and is being courted by the NFL.
But Ty's guardian, Uncle Gus, won't let him play. Uncle Gus needs Ty to scrub floors and toilets for his cleaning business while he cooks up gambling schemes with the local mob boss, a man called "Lucy."
When Lucy hears just how famous Ty's older brother is, he becomes suddenly friendly. Are the questions Lucy is asking Ty really about fantasy football . . . or is the Mafia using Ty to get valuable insider info from his superstar brother? Desperately worried, Ty must come up with a plan to save Thane's football career—and, ultimately, his life.
Author of the New York Times bestselling Football Genius, former NFL player Tim Green will have you on the edge of your seat rooting for Ty—and enjoying an up-close look at what it's like to be inside the NFL
My Thoughts: Obviously, I thought it was a fantastic book. Normally, any work by Tim Green exceeds my expectations, and this one was no different. Of course, as it is one of the earlier books, I did not really like how out dated to it. Not just the copy at the library was worn, but just the events and descriptions just seemed past our time, however, I can't blame because the book was past our time. Overall I really did think it was a great intro book to the series. I could have used a tad bit less of the action/conflict, as it seemed a little to dark and, in layman's terms, "scary" for the target genre, but it wasn't anything to be worried about.
Rating: 8.5 out of ten