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Deep Zone (Football Genius Series #5)

Deep Zone (Football Genius Series #5)

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by Tim Green

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In the deep zone, even the very best player can find it impossible to beat a foe who’s hungry and waiting. . . .

Troy White can predict a play before it happens. Star quarterback on his state football team, Troy’s a natural for the 7-on-7 tournament that’s being held at the Super Bowl in Miami. With any luck, his “football


In the deep zone, even the very best player can find it impossible to beat a foe who’s hungry and waiting. . . .

Troy White can predict a play before it happens. Star quarterback on his state football team, Troy’s a natural for the 7-on-7 tournament that’s being held at the Super Bowl in Miami. With any luck, his “football genius” will also be working for the Atlanta Falcons on that big day.

Ty Lewis is a wide receiver with exceptional speed. His brother, an NFL star, says getting on a 7-on-7 team will prove Ty’s a winner.

From the moment the two football champs cross paths, Troy and Ty begin to size each other up. Troy is suspicious of Ty’s interest in his friend Tate, while Ty worries his speed will never be a match for Troy’s game smarts. But when the two rivals find themselves somehow tangled in the same dangerous web of deceit, they discover that they have more in common than their skill at football.

Uniting Troy, first seen in the New York Times bestselling Football Genius, and Ty, who was chased by the Mafia in Football Hero, Tim Green’s Deep Zone delivers it all—vivid settings, dynamic characters, and high-stakes action on and off the field.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Football-lovers wowed by Green's earlier books in the "Football Genius" series will probably be delighted to greet this new adventure starring Ty Lewis and his big brother Thane, wide receiver for the Jets. Green also brings back Troy White, the whiz with an uncanny knack for predicting plays before they're made, and kicker Tate McGreer as a romantic interest for Ty. This time, both boys will participate in a Super Bowl 7-on-7 championship for middle school players, allowing their teams to challenge each other on the field. After a great deal of exposition to bring new readers up to speed, Green fabricates a complex plot involving dire injuries, Mafia bad guys, FBI agents, and assorted players and coaches, some of whom (like Mark Bavaro, former tight end for the Giants) are real people. In search of excitement, Green introduces a bizarre trip into the Everglades and a narrow escape from death for the two boys and Tate. The best part of this story, for football fans, will be detailed descriptions of games, mostly of nail-biting endings where winning hangs on a surprise play. While Ty and his injured brother are sympathetic characters, supporting players are caricatures (sometimes grotesque) and the plot is scarcely credible. Green's writing style, displayed in very short chapters, is casual to the point of awkwardness. Still, the strength of this series lies in the appeal of an insider's view of the football business to tweens and teens who don't like to read. (Green is a former star of the Atlanta Falcons.) Parents or teachers might object to some of Green's philosophies, such as encouraging a young athlete (Ty) to play with an injury, or his aesthetic that a five-car garage and a living room resembling a hotel lobby make for a beautiful house. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
VOYA - Steven Kral
Things are finally going well for Ty. Although his parents have died, and his aunt and uncle are in the witness protection program, Ty's brother, Thane, a rookie wide receiver for the New York Jets, has agreed to take him in. A gifted wide receiver himself, Ty and his team seems poised to win the 7-on-7 tournament held at the Super Bowl in Miami. Troy White, a star quarterback who can predict a play before it happens, is also a gifted football player, and his team also seems a likely winner in the tournament. Natural rivals, Ty and Troy are forced to depend on each other when a mafia plan imprisons them together in the Everglades. While at times the novel is a touch melodramatic and pedantic, it is fast moving and suspenseful. Green is a former defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, and this is readily apparent in the on-field action, which is extremely vivid and well written. The novel is the fifth book in the Football Genius series, but it is self-contained enough that readers new to the series will not be lost. All in all, this is an effective thriller for middle and junior high school readers. Reviewer: Steven Kral
Kirkus Reviews

NFL insider Green brings together his two heroes—Ty (Football Hero, 2008) and Troy (Football Champ, 2009)—in this gridiron mystery focused on teen football phenoms.

The action takes place during a seven-on-seven tournament for middle-school athletes held during Super Bowl week. As often happens in Green's tales, there are bad guys from the mob attempting to gain an illicit edge. Both Ty and Troy are targets of the D'Amico family, which requires that FBI agents play a role in guarding Ty while his brother, professional receiver Thane, recovers from a devastating knee injury. Ty is the featured character for the most part, but both Troy and Tate, a female friend, have a role to play. The football insights are the best part, as both professional games and seven-on-seven play are described in satisfying detail. All the other shenanigans are icing, and fairly non-essential icing at that. None of the fabulous lifestyle of limos, fancy hotels and big houses is hard to believe, but it distances readers from the characters, as do the overblown plot and inept cartoon mobsters.While mention is made of middle-school life, emphasis is on the game, and using real NFL famous names add spice. Acquaintance with the earlier titles is helpful, but Green recaps well enough that it's not necessary.

Football fanatic fare.(Sports fiction. 10-14)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Football Genius Series , #5
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File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Tim Green, for many years a star defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons, is a man of many talents. He's the author of such gripping books for adults as the New York Times bestselling The Dark Side of the Game and American Outrage. Tim graduated covaledictorian from Syracuse University and was a first-round draft pick. He later earned his law degree with honors, and he has also worked as an NFL commentator for FOX Sports and NPR.

His first book for young readers, Football Genius, inspired in part by his players and his own kids, became a New York Times bestseller and was followed by Football Hero, Football Champ, The Big Time, and Deep Zone. He drew on his experiences playing and coaching Little League for Rivals and Pinch Hit and two more New York Times bestsellers: Baseball Great and Best of the Best.

Bestselling author Jon Scieszka called Tim Green's Unstoppable, a book about a boy's struggle with cancer that debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, "Absolutely heroic. And something every guy should read."

Tim Green lives with his wife, Illyssa, and their five children in upstate New York.

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Deep Zone 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good and great for a 2 day read.
James Molenda More than 1 year ago
You will regret if you dont read this book. Im not kidding
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book! Suspence, action,excitment etc. It was neat how ty and troy met. I can't wait for any new book Green puts out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thus is five star post 15-this book is the best book ever!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book series. The ending is very unexpecting and happy. I would tell anyone who loves football or even just likes sports to read this series, which starts with Football Genius. I really hope that he makes another few for this series and starts a new football series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
6 stars all the way best book in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adding on to it would be good with 1 character i meant it would be better with 1 character for the whole series best series ever though!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was gr8 I loved how they combined ty amd troy together in the last book in series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is my favorite book by tim green and by anyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book,get it!is he making another in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a perfect thriller for kids who like romance and sports.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very interesting how Ty and Troy are both connected to the mob. As soon as Ty and Troy meet, Troy makes sure Ty know he dislikes him. AND they will possibly play against each other on the 7 on 7 championship held on Super Bowl Sunday. Nice job Tim, you really created a masterpiece, but I didn't like the way you ended it. Overall good job though
Anonymous 7 months ago
In this book there is a kid named Tony. Tony was a football star that could sense a play before it happened. There is also a kid named Ty and his older brother Thane,that plays for the Jets,tells Ty that he needs to join a 7 on 7 football team because Ty is exceptionally fast. So he does and he just happens to join the same team as Tony. At first they don’t like each other but towards the end of the book they start to become friends. And that's a good thing because if two extremely good football players aren’t friends they won’t reach their full potential.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tell me who your favorite football team is. Nfl teams only.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book it's cool because I love sports and I play football.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like football and a little jumpsxares then you ll like tthis book. It is full of comady and fun
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thane gets hurt in his NFL football career and his little brother Ty is alone now that Thane is in the hospital and his mom and dad are dead from a car accident but his uncle Gus is a big gambler and owes these bad guys a lot of $$$$$$$$ but Ty and Thane are the ones who know where their uncle is. So these bad guys are trying to get a hold of Ty and kill their uncle. But he gets thes body guards until Than get out of the hospital.
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It is extremly cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever, except for the memories that Ty has.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hike! Ty, a young football star, raced down the field calling for the ball. If you enjoy reading about sports, Deep Zone, by Tim Green is the book for you. The book’s plot flows smoothly and is easy to understand. This book also has great suspense. One other thing about this book is the ending. The book had a great and unsuspected ending that I really liked. Deep Zone is one of the best books have ever read and I would definitely recommend it. Jake N.