Kickoff! by Tiki Barber

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"Hut! Hut! Go long, Tiki!"

Tiki and Ronde's twelfth summer is winding down -- the nights are getting shorter and the evenings cooler. That means two things: The first day of junior high is just a few days away, and it's almost the start of football season at last. With two championships and an 8-2 season last year, Tiki and Ronde are ready to graduate from the Peewee League and hit the field as starting players for the Hidden Valley Eagles.

But junior high is a lot bigger than elementary school. The competition for starting spots is stiff, and seniority rules. If Tiki and Ronde make it past tryouts and cuts, will they get the chance to play, or will they have to spend the season watching from the bench with the other seventh graders?

Inspired by the childhood of NFL superstars Tiki and Ronde Barber, Kickoff! is a story of teamwork, perseverance, and what it takes to be a champion.

About Tiki Barber

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Tiki Barber is a record-holding retired running back for the New York Giants. He is the father of four children. Ronde Barber is a cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and one of only two cornerbacks selected to the Pro Bowl five times. He is married with two daughters. Robert Burleigh is the award-winning author of many books for children, including The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn, illustrated by Barry Blitt; Night Flight, illustrated by Wendell Minor; and Black Whiteness, illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop. His many other books include Hoops; Stealing Home; Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep!; and By My Brother’s Side, for which he was a contributing author. He lives in Michigan. Barry Root is the illustrator of many books for children, including Gumbrella, which he also wrote; By My Brother's Side; and Game Day, which received a Christopher Award in the category of books for young people. He lives with his family in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.
Published August 26, 2008 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 176 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Twelve-year-old twins Tiki and Ronde Barber live with their single mother and play football as often as possible.

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Persistence, patience and teamwork are the themes of this novel based on the boyhoods of the Barber twins (Teammates ). The future NFL stars begin middle school w

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