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Bissinger, H. G.
Cambridge : De Capo Press, 2000
ISBN  0306809907
(2 booktalks)
Booktalk #1

How many of you play football?  Are your fathers Holy Cross alumni?  Did you grow up waiting for the day when you could don the blue and gold and play as a Holy Cross Knight?  Odessa, TX exists for football.  If it weren't for the Permian Panthers, the town would have dried up long ago.  Author Bissinger left a good life in Philadelphia to move to Odessa for a year to investigate the phenomenon known as the Permian Panthers.  Friday Night Lights is not just a football chronicle.   Bissinger reveals the personal lives of the Panthers and their fathers and uncles who preceded them in the black and white.  This is a no holds barred book.  No sugar coating the story.  Just the gritty truth behind the powerhouse known as the Permian Panthers.  Get down and dirty behind the scenes with the Panthers.   (Mary Huebscher, Librarian, Holy Cross High School, San Antonio, TX 78228 <>)

Booktalk #2

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play on a Texas high school football program? Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger tells the story of a high school football team that has the potential to go to the state championship. But when their star runningback gets hurt, itís up to the quarterback to lead the team to victory. There is also another catch, the team is noticeably smaller than the others big schools with their offensive line averaging 170 pounds. They make up for it with in heart, speed, and quickness. Therefore Friday Night Lights is a book to read for the young inspirational, energetic sports reader.  (Erik Bolt, student, Mansfield, Pa)

SUBJECTS:      Permian High School (Odessa, Tex.)
                        Football Odessa (Tex.) -- Social aspects.


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