Football Hero

Summary:

Ty Lewis is a 12-year-old whose parents were recently killed in an auto accident. Ty's brother, Thane “Tiger” Lewis, will graduate from Syracuse University in May and expects to be the first round draft choice of the NY Jets. The court assigned Ty’s Uncle Gus and Aunt Virginia as his legal guardians. Uncle Gus runs a cleaning business and assigned Ty to cleaning bathrooms and floors in local barrooms and diners. Ty is aware that Uncle Gus is a ne’er–do-well who believes that he is entitled to some of Tiger’s signing bonus. Ty doesn’t want his brother to know what Gus is doing or the danger that is waiting in the wings from the FBI and organized crime. What options, if any, does Ty have?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Boys will be attracted to this book that builds an engaging, thoughtful story around a sport they love. You can learn about determination in this book.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

Denbigh: I liked the book because it has a really good meaning to it. It is understandable and you will want to read it again. I picked it because I play football and it could help me with practice and give me a better look at the game. This would be a great book for kids because it shows them where hard work can take them in life. I recommend you buy it because it is a really good book.
I picked the book because I was in football season and I thought it would be interesting. I thought it was going to be a real game. Ty and I are kind of alike, I felt like he did when I came to Minnesota. I didn't like that it took too long to get to the point, which made it boring.

Parent Reaction

This is an enjoyable story that will capture and sustain the reader’s attention from the get-go. The author knows his craft and uses it, along with his experience as a football player, to keep the reader engaged.

Young Reader Reaction

Robbinsdale: I picked the book because I was in football season and I thought it would be interesting. I thought it was going to be a real game. Ty and I are kind of alike, I felt like he did when I came to Minnesota. I didn't like that it took too long to get to the point, which made it boring.

Type of Book:
This is a fictional story that gives readers a front-row seat to life in the NFL. This novel has potential as a high interest / low readability option.
Educational Themes:

There are several themes that complement the narrative: importance of family; the phenomena of bullying; friendship; responsibility for one’s actions; and being true to your self. There is much more than a good story between the covers of this book.

Reading Level:
5.1
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
Read by a student at Denbigh High School (Newport News, VA) as part of our Use Your ABCs program. Also read by a student at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, New Hope, MN.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Though the book is primarily about football, the reader will find him/herself thinking about the importance of family, growing-up, dealing with challenges, and overcoming fears.

Title Football Hero
About
Author Tim Green
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
ISBN 9780061122743
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Family, Sports, Coming Of Age, Sports - Football
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