by: Puffin Books
Product rating: 4.6 with 35 reviews
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of HEAT, TRAVEL TEAM and MILLION-DOLLAR THROW comes a story of every football kid’s dream come true.
12-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school’s football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he’s first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports radio host, who plays Charlie’s fantasy picks for all of Los Angeles to hear. Soon Charlie befriends the elderly owner of the L.A. Bulldogs — a fictional NFL team — and convinces him to take a chance on an aging quarterback. After that, watch out . . . it’s press conferences and national fame as Charlie becomes a media curiosity and source of conflict for the Bulldogs general manager, whose job Charlie seems to have taken. It’s all a bit much for a kid just trying to stay on top of his grades and maintain his friendship with his verbal sparring partner, Anna.
Like the best Disney film in book form, like Moneyball for kids, Fantasy League is every football kid’s dream scenario.
“Lupica is the greatest sports writer for middle school readers.” –VOYA
Posted in Parents Tagged with: Fantasy, League, Puffin Books
The Griefer’s Revenge: An Unofficial League of Griefers Adventure, #3 (League of Griefers Series)
by: Sky Pony Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 2 reviews
Can Violet and Noah protect their village from griefers and ensure the Olympic Games continue uninterrupted?
Noah and Violet’s village is hosting the Olympics for Minecrafters. The events are disrupted when a TNT attack destroys the Olympic stadium. Noah and Violet are forced to gather the townspeople to wage a battle against Daniel and his powerful griefers. They all must stop the griefers before they destroy the games entirely.
With a full agenda of Olympic games from relay races to boat races, the group has to save the legendary competition. The griefers, angered by their recent defeat, are getting their revenge on Noah and Violet. They are planning a serious attack on the town, which could have devastating consequences on the duo and their hometown.
Can Violet and Noah stop the griefers in time? Will the Olympic games go on safely? Find out in this thrilling third installment of the League of Griefers series!
Posted in Action & Adventure Tagged with: Adventure, Griefer's, League, Revenge, Series, Sky Pony Press, Unofficial
NFL Brawler: A Player-Turned-Agent’s Forty Years in the Bloody Trenches of the National Football League
by: Lyons Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 4 reviews
NFL Brawler is a raucous first-person account of an NFL under siege by the game’s first player-turned-agent, Ralph Cindrich, the original “Blind Side” agent whose entertaining pro football memoir takes readers behind the scenes of the game’s most important and outrageous drafts, deals, and trades; takes on NFL scandals by tellin’ it like it is; and takes readers closer to the real action of the sport—from locker rooms to boardrooms, and into the worlds of agents and players—than any book to date.
Chronicling more than thirty years in the professional football business—on the field and in the locker room; in high-stakes negotiations with coaches, GMs, and owners; and inside agents’ and players’ personal lives—Cindrich, twice named by The Sporting News as one of the 100 most powerful people in sports, writes about a who’s who of professional football: NFL personnel like Jimmy Johnson, Bill Polian and Bill Parcells; NFL owners like Art Rooney and Al Davis to Jerry Jones and others; sports agents; and of course NFL players like Herschel Walker, Bill Fralic, and James Farrior.
While taking certain aspects of his beloved sport to task, Cindrich’s memoir is entertaining—blowing out of the water Jerry Maguire, Arli$$, and other portrayals of an agent’s life.
Posted in Sports Tagged with: Bloody, Brawler, Football, Forty, League, Lyons Press, National, Player-Turned-Agent's, trenches, years
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
Product rating: 4.4 with 883 reviews
An instant New York Times
bestseller, named a best book of the year by The New York Times Book Review
, Amazon, and Entertainment Weekly,
among others, this celebrated account of a young African-American man who escaped Newark, NJ, to attend Yale, but still faced the dangers of the streets when he returned is, “nuanced and shattering” (People
) and “mesmeric” (The New York Times Book Review
When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert’s life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics. But it didn’t get easier. Robert carried with him the difficult dual nature of his existence, trying to fit in at Yale, and at home on breaks.
A compelling and honest portrait of Robert’s relationships—with his struggling mother, with his incarcerated father, with his teachers and friends—The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America: race, class, drugs, community, imprisonment, education, family, friendship, and love. It’s about the collision of two fiercely insular worlds—the ivy-covered campus of Yale University and the slums of Newark, New Jersey, and the difficulty of going from one to the other and then back again. It’s about trying to live a decent life in America. But most all this “fresh, compelling” (The Washington Post
) story is about the tragic life of one singular brilliant young man. His end, a violent one, is heartbreaking and powerful and “a haunting American tragedy for our times” (Entertainment Weekly
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2014: To read The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, a meticulous and heartfelt account of a brilliant black student from the poverty-stricken streets of Newark, is to see the best of the American dream lived and ultimately, tragically, lost. Peace’s mother endured great sacrifices to ensure that her gifted son would meet his full potential. His father, until his arrest for murder when Rob was seven, dedicated himself to helping his son learn and mature. Rob was a popular, straight-A student who played on the water polo team (his mother scraped up enough money to send him to parochial school), and upon graduating he was rewarded with a scholarship to Yale. Although he continued to thrive academically in college, growing up in the second largest concentration of African-Americans living under the poverty line created barriers that even one as gifted as Robert Peace could not fully surmount. This is a riveting and heartbreaking read, as Rob Peace seems always to have been on the outside—the resented geek in the hood, and the inner city black man in the Ivy League. –Chris Schluep
Posted in African-American & Black Tagged with: Brilliant, League, Left, Life, Newark, Peace, Robert, Scribner, Short, Tragic, young
Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League
by: Penguin Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 4 reviews
An undocumented immigrant’s journey from a New York City homeless shelter to the top of his Princeton class
Dan-el Padilla Peralta has lived the American dream. As a boy, he came here legally with his family. Together they left Santo Domingo behind, but life in New York City was harder than they imagined. Their visas lapsed, and Dan-el’s father returned home. But Dan-el’s courageous mother was determined to make a better life for her bright sons.
Without papers, she faced tremendous obstacles. While Dan-el was only in grade school, the family joined the ranks of the city’s homeless. Dan-el, his mother, and brother lived in a downtown shelter where Dan-el’s only refuge was the meager library. There he met Jeff, a young volunteer from a wealthy family. Jeff was immediately struck by Dan-el’s passion for books and learning. With Jeff’s help, Dan-el was accepted on scholarship to Collegiate, the oldest private school in the country.
There, Dan-el thrived. Throughout his youth, Dan-el navigated these two worlds: the rough streets of East Harlem, where he lived with his brother and his mother and tried to make friends, and the ultra-elite halls of a Manhattan private school, where he could immerse himself in a world of books and where he soon rose to the top of his class.
From Collegiate, Dan-el went to Princeton, where he thrived, and where he made the momentous decision to come out as an undocumented student in a Wall Street Journal profile a few months before he gave the salutatorian’s traditional address in Latin at his commencement.
Undocumented is a classic story of the triumph of the human spirit. It also is the perfect cri de coeur for the debate on comprehensive immigration reform.
Praise for Undocumented
“Dan-el Padilla Peralta’s story is as compulsively readable as a novel, an all-American tall tale that just happens to be true. From homeless shelter to Princeton, Oxford, and Stanford, through the grace not only of his own hard work but his mother’s discipline and care, he documents the America we should still aspire to be.” —Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, President of the New America Foundation
Posted in Memoirs Tagged with: Boy's, Dominican, from, Homeless, League, Odyssey, Penguin Press, Shelter, Undocumented
Justice League Vol. 6: Injustice League (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America))
by: DC Comics
Product rating: 4.6 with 7 reviews
The #1 New York Times
When the Crime Syndicate nearly destroyed our world, Lex Luthor led the fight against them. Now, with public opinion of him at an all-time high, Superman’s former nemesis has decided to continue fighting for good full time — as a member of the Justice League!
But does Lex really have only good intentions? And even if he has changed sides, can his teammates work alongside a man who once persecuted them?
Superstar writer Geoff Johns (SUPERMAN) and a league of comics’ greatest artists — including Doug Mahnke, Jason Fabok, Ivan Reis and Scott Kolins —present JUSTICE LEAGUE: INJUSTICE LEAGUE. It’s an unforgettable tale of enemies, allies and the thin line in between…
Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE #30-39.
Posted in Superheroes Tagged with: America, DC Comics, Injustice, Justice, League, Vol.