The Underdogs by Mike Lupica

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#1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica tackles football!

Will Tyler can fly on a football field. He may not be the biggest running back around, but no one can touch him when it comes to hitting the hole and finding the end zone. And no one can match his love of the game. When Will has a football in hand, he may as well be flying for real because life can't touch him - his dad isn't so defeated, his town isn't so poor, and everyone has something to cheer for. All of which does him no good if the football season is canceled. With no funding for things like uniforms and a cared-for playing field, with seemingly every other family moving to find jobs, there simply isn't enough money or players for a season. Unless one kid can rally an entire town and give everyone a reason to believe . . .

For fans of his bestselling novels Travel Team and Million-Dollar Throw, Mike Lupica delivers a feel-good sports story that will have readers cheering where they sit.

“There's plenty of action for sports fans, and readers will root for Will and his teammates till the very last page.” –School Library Journal
 
“[F]ootball fans will…respond to the detailed and exciting game action once the season gets rolling and find inspiration in Will and his teammates' tenacity.” –Publisher’s Weekly
 
“Will's ingenuity and loyalty are encouraging, causing readers to want to cheer him on as he makes his dream come true.” –VOYA
 

About Mike Lupica

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Mike Lupica is a New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers. His New York Daily News column is syndicated nationally. Mr. Lupica lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children. You can visit Mike Lupica at www.mikelupicasbooks.com.
 
Published September 20, 2011 by Puffin Books. 304 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books. Fiction

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A 12-year-old halfback with a huge passion for football fights to keep his team on the field.

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Publishers Weekly

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Despite a sluggish start and a familiar trajectory, football fans will likely respond to the detailed and exciting game action once the season gets rolling and find inspiration in Will and his teammates' tenacity.

Sep 19 2011 | Read Full Review of The Underdogs

New York Journal of Books

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As though the game was the one constant in his life.”The story then follows young Will’s determined efforts to not only get sponsorship for his team but also to win the championship from his arch-rivals, the much better supported team in Castle Rock, the wealthy community across the river from Fo...

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City Book Review

Will wrote to the president of an athletic shoe company and asked for enough money to fund the team for one more year.

Jan 17 2012 | Read Full Review of The Underdogs

KidsReads

When he’s able to secure funding from an unlikely source, who is willing to pay for new uniforms, stadium repairs, and all the other necessary items needed to get the team back onto the field, he thinks his troubles are over.

Sep 20 2011 | Read Full Review of The Underdogs

Arlington Library

I've read practically every one of Mike Lupica's books and this is the best one after Travel Team.

Sep 06 2011 | Read Full Review of The Underdogs

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