New York : Philomel Books, 2013
IL 5-8, RL 4.9
in the town of Granger, Texas, eats, sleeps, and drinks
football. If you’re looking for someone on a Friday
night, you can find them at the high school stadium
whether they have a kid who plays or not and every other
day is spent analyzing and discussing the team. I think
that’s what they call “obsessed.” Jake Cullen is a
freshman quarterbacking the team that his brother Wyatt
took all the way to the Texas State championship game
just the season before. As you can imagine, big things
are expected of Jake. If standing in the shadow of his
amazingly-talented brother isn’t enough, Jake is also
compared to his father, Troy Cullen, a local celebrity
because of his success in the NFL. But Jake wants to do
things his own way. He wants to be a great teammate; he
wants his team to be successful; and he wants his dad to
stand up and take notice that maybe there’s more than
one way to be successful. (Prepared by: Christy
Brown, Blythewood Middle School, Michelle King, Kennedy
Middle School, South
Carolina Junior Book Award)
Cullen has big shoes to fill if he wants to follow the
football legacy of his father and brother, both
successful quarterbacks and celebrities in their
hometown. Jake enjoys football like the other men in his
family, and he has the talent and leadership skills to
be great. At the same time though, he’s still just a
high school kid. He feels that he must fight the extra
pressure of living up to his family’s reputation in
order to be himself and make his own name.
|SUBJECTS: Family life -- Texas -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Football -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Self-confidence -- Fiction.
Texas -- Fiction.