Go Big or Go Home: A Novel

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Children's Literature - Heidi Quist
Life takes on some interesting turns for Brady Steele when during an asteroid shower he finds a rock flying through his roof and through his bed. The neighbor's war dog becomes his friend, but more amazing, his asthma not only disappears, but Brady can suddenly outrun, out-bike, and outplay his best friend/cousin/idol Quinn. When Quinn and Brady take the rock to a local, visiting geologist, they find the rock is extremely unusual, and perhaps proof of life on nearby planets. But their luck changes when first they lose the rock in the lake, and then Brady's health takes a very different turn. The unique setting of South Dakota during Sturgis week will inspire the imaginations of some readers. Teenage boys, particularly, will enjoy the sports-centered interests of the young characters, as well as the mystery and science speculations. Of course some young girls will also find these things interesting, but since there are no well-developed female characters, only young women with passing interest in the boys, the book might also come across as a bit sexist. The narrator does pretty well with the young boys' voices, varying tones for the different characters, though the secondary characters' voices aren't as strong as Brady's. Available in multiple formats including CDs () and Digital (). Reviewer: Heidi Quist
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Gr 5–8—Whether biking, exploring caves, or playing video games, 14-year-old Brady Steele enjoys living life to its fullest, so when a meteor crashes through his bedroom ceiling one August night, Brady's life goes from extreme to insane in a matter of hours. With his cousin Quinn by his side, the twosome discover that the meteorite is no ordinary space rock: originating from Mars, it is one of the rarest and most valuable of its kind. As they enjoy their extreme adventures in their Black Hills hometown, not only do they notice something strange happening to Brady—his endurance, speed, and agility have improved to the point of being super powers—but they learn from visiting meteor expert Dr. Rip Ripley that Brady's meteorite is home to extraterrestrial bacteria, which may have infected Brady. What was thought to be an amazing discovery could end up costing Brady his life if a cure for his infection isn't discovered soon. Filled with action and adventure from start to finish, Will Hobbs's story (HarperCollins, 2008) is sure to appeal to fans of extreme sports and astronomy. Brady and Quinn are realistic, energetic teen boys whose love for the outdoors, and the Black Hills in particular, is refreshing. Narrator Charles Carroll's portrayal of the cousins perfectly captures the inflections and cadences heard in the speech of many teen boys. An adventurous romp with broad appeal.—Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH
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  • ISBN-13: 9781935430704
  • Publisher: Audio Bookshelf
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Format: CD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011


    This book is a great book for kids and has a ggreat story to it i highly recomend it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    For Anyone Interested in a Book

    Brady Steele is an ordinary sports loving teenage boy living in the Black Hills of South Dakota, just a few miles away from the Crazy Horse Memorial. Thrill loving Brady Steele is in for the adventure of a lifetime when a meteor strikes his house... The sky is as black as ink with ribbons of color flashing across the open air as Brady Steele watches the wonder. The Perseid Meteor Shower is a natural sight in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Then suddenly, BOOM! Explosions are set off all the time to carve the Crazy Horse Memorial, but no, this was different. The sky was changing from black to blue! Brady's bedroom is soon littered with debris as a meteorite crashes into his house. As Brady and his cousin Quinn handle the meteorite, they learn that it is a balsamic shergottite. One of the 34 meteorites from Mars that have ever hit Earth. They name the meteorite Fred for Far Roving Earth Diver. However exciting this may seem, Brady starts to show some frightening symptoms. His reflexes are greatly heightened but his body is experiencing times of paralysis. Some research from a professor shows that Fred is not what it seems and can propel scientific research, or destroy life as we know it... Go Big or Go Home, written by Will Hobbs is an exciting book that manages to contain sports and science in a unique way. The book combines all of the sports that a teenage boy can do and includes accurate information teaching you about astronomy. As Brady's symptoms develop, the scenes in the book will have you turning the pages over and over again, until you reach the momentous and somewhat frightening climax. Read the book for more... However, I thought the rising action leading up to the climax was a little slow. The book shifts between sports and science way too much. First the meteorite crashes into Brady's house, then Brady and Quinn are outside playing basketball. Afterward, they learn about balsamic shergottites from a professor then go mountain biking and fishing. Any non-sports fan would get bored easily. Even so, the book is well balanced between the two topics. Overall I liked the book very much even though I got bored at some parts. Although I am not a fan of sports books, intertwining sports and science keeps you from getting bored with hard facts, and keeps the non-sports fan from abandoning the book. The astronomy will propel the science fan to keep reading and the sports will propel the sports fans to keep reading until the end. This book would be excellent to check out or give to your kids. You'll learn some interesting facts while reading a fiction book. I recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    Go Big or Go Home Review

    In Go Big or Go Home, Brady's life changes when a meteorite crashes through his roof. Little does he know that the little metoerite can cause a big problem later on.
    Within the book, you will meet a variety of characters. Among these characters are Brady Steele, his cousin Quinn, and the Carver boys who live next door to Brady. Once Brady and Quinn stumble upon the meteorite, it causes a little bit of curiosity. As Brady sleeps with the meteorite, his life is changing one drop of water at a time.
    Once Brady suddenly figures out abnormalities on his physical ability, they start to question the "mysterious power" of the meteorite. It turns out, this meteorite has given Brady extraordinary abilities in which no human has ever witnessed before. Of course, being careless, Brady loses the almighty meteorite in a lake in the midst of fishing.
    The competitive Carver boys stumble across the meteorite while searching the bottom lake bed. Once Brady figures this out, it goes on a thrilling competition between the rivals, dragging you in to the point where you do not want to stop reading. The twist and turns makes this Fictional Thriller a wonderful read, however the age level of read isn't for adults.
    Go Big or Go Home is a wonder read for the young kid who likes thrillers, and be prepared for the climax, in which will turn heads and keep you reading for more.

    -Review Written by Casey Rudd

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  • Posted April 17, 2009

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    Go big or go home

    It's an okay book. Well I think it is I would give it a three star. Because I was looking at the cover and I thought it would be about mountain bikes. And it was about a stupid metro. It has a little bit of mountain bikes in it but not as much as I wanted it to have. It was a short book. It was about a metro that gave this boy super powers. But they did ride bikes to wall*mart and to the lake to. And they went fishing. And the boy's dad rides a Harley with out a helmet. Because it gives him helmet hair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Limited edition

    Its ok limited edition

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Best book ever

    I really love this book i think this is the best book ever

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    This is one of my favorite books ever!! I love the story line an

    This is one of my favorite books ever!! I love the story line and polt. tell everyone you know to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    So Far So Good

    All i must say is WOW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Great Book!!!!!!!

    I love the exciting plot and the way that Will Hobbs keeps you intrieged. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    G¿ big or go home


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  • Posted May 20, 2011


    Come on! How can you not love a book where it starts with a meteorite crashing through a roof?

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

    Not My Favorite, But May Be Yours

    After lots of procrastination, I finally finished reading Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs the other day. Other than wondering about how the title fitted the book in the first place, I also thought much about the ups and downs of the story. Yes, it was very interesting and yes, it makes a fun read, but there are some parts of the book I'm a little peeved about. In the beginning where a meteorite crashed into Brady's room, Will Hobbs did an excellent job at choosing words that really give a feel of what was happening. I found it a bit implausible for a meteorite to crash into one's home and not have the whole place burned up, but it's a fictional story, so what can I say? I also questioned Quinn's quick readiness to believe that a meteorite really did fall into Brady's room, let alone it didn't kill him. Sure, he has a thing for the extreme, but wouldn't even he inquire if this actually happened? When Brady and Quinn went fishing for lake trout, they got help from a man named Curly. The fellow seemed like an interesting character, so I wish Hobbs built upon him more. It was so abrupt. Suddenly a guy just took the two boys in, got them some fried chicken and worms, and then just disappeared from the rest of the book. One and a third chapters; that's it - it's all he got. Crystal, a girl working at a smoothie shop, is a little better off, but she still could've been more developed. I found her blander than Curly, but I'm sure she'd be a more intriguing character if Will Hobbs included her more. The accuracy of Brady's dreams is sort of uncanny. I'm guessing Will Hobbs was trying to put foreshadowing into the book, but it was still very strange. What he imagines almost certainly happens. For example, he dreams about exploring a cave and finding something interesting. After dreaming, he goes with Quinn into the cave and finds what they call the Palace of the Dead King. He also dreams about someone hooking the backpack containing Fred he dropped in the lake, and sure enough, it actually happened. Then there was the part of the dream where he was dormant, alive but not alive, with a man about to perform autopsy on him. He narrowly escaped that fate. It makes me wonder how his noggin knows what's about to happen. Peculiar, isn't it? Max and Buzz Carver, as Brady's rivals, are the antagonists in the book. The time when they managed to get hold of Fred was an interesting twist to the plot. That was one of the places where I really wanted to keep reading, so I did. The way they showed off their new catapult by flinging the meteorite in a contest to see who gets Fred in the end. Remember how I mentioned Brady going dormant? Well, this is how he goes inactive. Thankfully, he avoids getting cut open only because he had told Quinn about his dream earlier, and the Carvers and Quinn were relatively nearby because of the competition. Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs is an interesting book, but not very fitted to my taste. I was a little disappointed by the writing style. It was too easy and a bit repetitive for me. There were a few places where I felt the story was a bit cheesy. Although Barnes & Noble listed it as a book for young adults, it seemed like it was written for kids more in my little brother's age. However, it flowed well and the plot was pretty good, and I liked the idea of a meteorite giving super-strength. All in all it's still an okay book that would make for a fun read for the right kind of reader. Try it and see what you th

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

    Go Big or Go Home is a really good book!

    While Max, Buzz, Quinn, and Brady were going to find "Fred" Brady passed out and then he woke up in the morgue. Everyone except Quinn thought he was dead. The twins then took Brady to the Halls of the Dead while they went to get the professor. When the professor got there he squirted sone stuff in Brady's nose to make him come out of his dormancy. At the end of that, they ended up throwing Fred in the Abyss of Hades. <BR/> My favorite part of this book was when Brady gets the power from Fred and he becomes really good at basketball and can ride his bike really fast. He gets his power from bacteria of Fred. My least favorite part is when they lose Fred at the bottom of Pactola Lake. When they lose Fred it isn't good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008


    If you like aventure read this book.It starts out with a meteroit with a blast of aventure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008


    it is good but quinn should have a diffrent name all in all it was awsome1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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