First Team

Overview

It's happened again: Brock Nickerson is on the run. . . .

But this time it's going to be different. At least, that's what Brock's dad has promised. The bad guys are off their trail, and this time, in this town, they are going to stay . . . for good.

With his strong left arm, Brock knows he can be a great quarterback in the football-crazed town of Calhoun. The coaches have other plans, though, especially for ...

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First Team

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Overview

It's happened again: Brock Nickerson is on the run. . . .

But this time it's going to be different. At least, that's what Brock's dad has promised. The bad guys are off their trail, and this time, in this town, they are going to stay . . . for good.

With his strong left arm, Brock knows he can be a great quarterback in the football-crazed town of Calhoun. The coaches have other plans, though, especially for the kids from the wrong side of the tracks, which is exactly where Brock now lives.

With the help of his new friend Mak—a funny guy off the field, an intense lineman on the field—Brock has a plan to beat the odds and make the first team.

As Brock tries to fit in both on and off the field, his father's past is creeping up on him, until one day a chance meeting will cause everything to come crashing down. With his friends Mak and Laurel, can Brock navigate his new life, or will his past force him back on the run again?

New York Times bestselling author and former NFL defensive end Tim Green delivers a thrilling companion story to New Kid, with gripping action on the field and an edge-of-your-seat intensity off the field that will keep readers turning the pages until the very end.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
08/01/2014
Gr 5–8—Picking up right where New Kid (HarperCollins, 2014) left off, the shadowy "bad guys" are chasing Brock and his dad out of town. Another vehicle blocks their escape route and rams them down the side of an embankment. They not only escape unhurt, but also manage to evade the bullets being shot at them. Brock's dad stops their slog through the woods in the pouring rain to check his GPS on his cell phone. They are conveniently close to the runway where the man has parked an airplane. That's when Brock learns that his dad knows how to fly and isn't afraid to play a game of chicken with their assailants, who may be Russians or the "agency." There's plenty of action here, only it's not quite adrenaline-inducing because, while there is menace, there is no bite. The unidentified pursuers are just too inept and Brock's dad is just too lucky. The contrivances become increasingly difficult to believe and are not relegated to the espionage. Readers are expected to believe that the pitching prodigy is also a football prodigy, a quarterback no less. The mentor is the high-school star quarterback son of his dad's love interest. The issue of classism in the football-obsessed town they settle in would be interesting if the coaches were not cardboard stereotypes. A bewildering twist at the end may portend a third book.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-16
In this sequel to New Kid (2014), Brock discovers real life isn't all it's cracked up to be. Brock is thrilled when his father announces that it's time for them to settle into a normal life, one in which they don't have to move every few months to escape his father's murderous enemies. But real life turns out to have plenty of problems, too. Brock's natural ability to throw a ball gains him attention from the junior varsity football coach, but the socioeconomic politics of the town dictate that the quarterback positions go to wealthy kids who are related to the coaches. And what about the bad feelings he's been getting about different people in town and the strange cars that look like they could be following him? Are his dad's enemies really fooled? NFL player-turned-author Green delivers a fast-paced, compelling tale that middle-grade readers will find entertaining. The story sometimes feels too convenient for the sake of a tidy plot, and Brock's character occasionally seems a little flat, but readers will probably be caught up in the timeless dramas of boy meets girl and boy wants to play football. An exciting continuation of Brock's adventures on and off the field. (Fiction. 10-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062208750
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/30/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 394
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Green

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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