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Tharp, Tim.
New York : Knopf, 2006
ISBN 0375836535
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Hampton Green, the star linebacker of the small-town Kennisaw Knights, lives and breathes football. He and his best friend, Blaine, lead the team in their quest for a fifth undefeated year. They dream of playing college ball once they win this season. Time stops for Hamp on the field, and he knows how the players will act even before they do, but his personal life does not run as smoothly. In class and with girls, he searches for the right words and comes up empty-handed. He finally meets someone who sees and appreciates him, but Blaine, whose own dreams teeter on the edge, stands between him and happiness. This novel stands as a must-read for any guy who loves the game or who dreams of taking control of his own life.

(Booktalk by Pat Strawn, Librarian, John Jay High School, San Antonio, Texas for the Evergreen YA Book Award, 2009)

SUBJECTS:     Football -- Fiction.
                        Identity -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Oklahoma -- Fiction.
                        Coming of age -- Fiction.

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