Troy White has a phenomenal gift...
He can predict football plays before they happen. Any position. Any player. Any team.
When Troy's single mom gets a job working in public relations for the Atlanta Falcons, Troy figures it's his chance to prove what he can do. But first he has to get to the Falconsand with tight security and a notoriously mean coach, even his mom's field passes aren't much help.
Then Troy and his best friends devise a plan to get the attention of star linebacker Seth Halloway. With Seth's playing and Troy's genius, the Falcons could be unstoppableif they'll only listen.
Bestselling author and former NFL player Tim Green scores a touchdown with this exhilarating novel, his first for young readers. Football Genius is an action-packed adventure with gripping suspense, a hero you can really root for, and an insider's look at the world of professional football.
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HarperCollins, July 2007, ISBN: 978-0061122705
Nominated for the Georgia Children's Book Award for 2010
One of six young adults' choices for the 2009 IRA (International Reading Association) Young Adults' Book Awards
"Green makes Troy a winning hero, and he ties everything together with a fast-moving plot."
"...the fast action and plot twists will keep fans of the game glued to the story. A first purchase for libraries looking to bolster their sports fiction."
School Library Journal
"Sixth-grader Troy White has a gift for predicting football play patterns with accuracy. These abilities are recognized by a professional football team, which enlists Troy's help. Green, a former NFL player and author and narrator of this story, is joined by a cast of youthful actors who sound convincingly like Troy and best friends Nathan and Tate (a football-playing girl). This might be because Green's children, Troy and Tate, take on the roles of their namesakes. Familiar reader Ryan Sparkes plays the role of Nathan to good effect. Green's knowledge of the story and his excellent pacing accentuate the tale. Each chapter begins and ends with football band music or quieter guitar riffs, adding to the atmosphere of drama and the plot development. A few sound effects further increase the dynamism of the flawless and dynamic performances."
Francisca Goldsmith, Booklist (on the audio CD)
"This is a story that will inspire anyone who's ever been an underdog. Tim Green knows what winners are made of."
Carl Hiaasen, author of Hoot
"As close as you can come to NFL action without putting on the pads. Filled with excitement, suspenseand great football!"
Bill Parcells, Super Bowl champion coach
"Tim Green writes with heart, in a book about heart. This one will make kids cheer."
Mike Lupica, author of Travel Team
Praisefrom Teachers, Librarians and Parents
"In September of 2007 you came to visit Ray Middle School in Baldwinsville, and you were a huge success. Since then, your book Football Genius is still being read by so many students. Every month, it is the only book that I have that at least 15 or more students take out to read. In March and April, I had a March Madness Book Program where another teacher and I gave 64 book talks. Football Genius was one of them. Then the students had to vote on each of the books the way the NCAA basketball teams pair off to win the tournament. After all the voting was done, we voted 5 times, Football Genius was the number 1 book at Ray. I have never had a book that was read and liked so much before. Thank you. Now the students are asking me for your new book and can't wait to read it. I will be getting it in next week. I just wanted you to know what an impact you and your books are having on my students, and thank you for all you have done."
Darlene St. John, Teacher/Librarian
"As a 7th grade teacher and a mother, I have to tell you how much I appreciate your book Football Genius. My 12 year old is a good student and very bright, but doesn't really enjoy reading very much. He does, however, love football, so when I was looking for a book to give him for Christmas, I was delighted when I found Football Genius. I have to tell you he read it in about 3 dayswhich really impressed me. He absolutely loved it! I was so happy today when I went to your website and saw that you have another book coming out in AprilI will definitely buy it for my son. He is an aspiring football player (quite good, actuallyO and D line!) and your true-life experiences as a player give your book a credibility that it obviously lacking in other children's sports literature.
I read Football Genius right after my son finished it, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Consequently, as a teacher, I have added your book to my classroom library, and have encouraged some of my reluctant readers to give it a try. It seems to be going over with great successI have a little "waiting list" of kids who want to read it!
I really hope you continue to write books for kids. The sports genre is a terrific avenue for reluctant readers (who tend to be boys) and having a "real" football player be the author is especially enticing. Thank you again for the great books!"
"Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing a book for kids! Football Genius is a terrific book. We have so many boys who think reading is a chore and it is wonderful to be able to hand them Football Genius and know that they'll read it with genuine enjoyment."
Alice McGoldrick, Librarian