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Breakdown: A Season of Gang Warfare, High School Football, and the Coach Who Policed the Streets
     

Breakdown: A Season of Gang Warfare, High School Football, and the Coach Who Policed the Streets

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by Bob Halloran
 

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Parents like me who stand around soccer fields in affluent communities wondering if little Tommy is under too much stress because he has so many after-school activities have no idea what the kids in Chelsea, Massachusetts, have had to deal with. Hypothetical Tommy has soccer, piano, and the Boy Scouts, but the real-life Danny Cortez had to step over a dead body to

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Parents like me who stand around soccer fields in affluent communities wondering if little Tommy is under too much stress because he has so many after-school activities have no idea what the kids in Chelsea, Massachusetts, have had to deal with. Hypothetical Tommy has soccer, piano, and the Boy Scouts, but the real-life Danny Cortez had to step over a dead body to get into his home. Mario Hernandez crawled on the floor of his apartment for a week in fear of gunshots coming through the window. This kid's dad is in jail. That kid's mom is on drugs. That's Chelsea. … I don't know why the kids opened up so much to me about their personal lives, but they did. These troubled teens were intelligent, insightful, and honest. They were good kids in a bad situation. And their-Stories are often shocking and tragic, yet surprisingly hopeful. As it turns out, their futures are even more hopeful than their coach's.

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“It’s fourth down with life to go in Bob Halloran’s powerful Breakdown, where a simple walk home from school in Boston’s bleakest neighborhood is often a lesson in sheer survival. However, these troubled teens from brutal backgrounds find solace and shelter in a dingy locker room and in a coach whose tough words and tough love become their beacon of light. Halloran deftly navigates the violent worlds of street life and football while introducing us to one of the most interesting characters in sports journalism. You’ll be thinking about this coach and this team long after you’ve put the book down.” –Casey Sherman, bestselling author of The Finest Hours and Bad Blood “Bob Halloran’s Breakdown gives powerful—and sometimes chilling—insights into the struggles and challenges of trying to bring hope for a better life to students who daily face a world of gangs, drugs, dysfunctional families, and a bleak future. . . . [His] storytelling skills, gained from twenty years as a New England news and sports anchor, shine through. . . . [A]n inspiring story of building up the human spirit.” –ForeWord Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762766390
Publisher:
Globe Pequot Press
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
461 KB

Meet the Author

Bob Halloran is the author of Irish Thunder and the weekend news and sports anchor at WCVB-TV in Boston, Massachusetts. Formerly an ESPN anchor and columnist for espn.com, he has been a news and sports anchor in New England for more than twenty years, and he writes a weekly column for the Boston Metro newspaper.

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Breakdown: A Season of Gang Warfare, High School Football, and the Coach Who Policed the Streets 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Amazing story
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Deborah Grosh More than 1 year ago
i love this book. just started reading and cant get enough of it!!!