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Force Out

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by Tim Green

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In New York Times bestselling author Tim Green’s baseball novel, when two friends compete, one of them will be forced out. In this tense, action-packed story that takes an increasingly common dilemma in competitive sports to new heights, former NFL defensive end Tim Green perfectly captures the kids who will push themselves to the limit to


In New York Times bestselling author Tim Green’s baseball novel, when two friends compete, one of them will be forced out. In this tense, action-packed story that takes an increasingly common dilemma in competitive sports to new heights, former NFL defensive end Tim Green perfectly captures the kids who will push themselves to the limit to compete—even if it means putting everything on the line.

Joey and Zach have always been best friends. They’re also two of the best baseball players in their league, and shoo-ins for the all-star team at the end of the season. Their dream is to play together on the Center State select team, and they will do anything to help each other get there.

So when Zach is forced to go on an extra-credit field trip that would make him miss the championship game and his chances to move on, Joey comes up with a risky plan to bail him out. Everything should be fine—as long as no one finds out what they did. Then the unthinkable happens: The boys learn there’s only one open spot on the select team. Suddenly Joey and Zach go from being best friends to biggest rivals, and Joey has to decide his next move. He can play the biggest game of his life, or he can use their secret to force Zach out. How far should Joey go to win?

Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist on Best of the Best
“The baseball action is both exciting and laced with savvy tips about playing, coaching, and showing team spirit.”
ALA Booklist
“An engrossing, tightly knit tale.”
Children's Literature - Tiffany Torbeck
Best friends Joey and Zach dream of making the All-Star baseball team and moving on to the elite Center State traveling team, but first they have to win the Little League championship. To do that, Zach needs to get out of a science field trip being held the same day, and that is what leads both boys to be at their teacher's house in the dead of night. They plan to sabotage his truck and thus so that he will have to cancel the field trip. This sports story for reluctant readers will engage those who crave constant cliffhangers and action, but it may frustrate more sophisticated readers. Each chapter ends with such a dramatic moment that the plot feels more like a Choose Your Own Adventure story than a sports novel. Readers are given every opportunity to learn from Joey's mistakes as he continually keeps the truth from his parents and creates misunderstandings between himself and his friends. This novel is full to bursting with lessons regarding being a good friend, close sibling, fair teammate, and honest student. At some point, most readers will want to dispense with the bulk of the preaching and get down to some baseball. Sports stories are perennially popular, so while this is recommended for most libraries, be sure to keep a copy of Mike Lupica's Heat on hand for more serious sports enthusiasts. Reviewer: Tiffany Torbeck
Kirkus Reviews
Two sixth-grade Little Leaguers and best buddies find their friendship tested on and off the diamond. Zach is Joey's best buddy on and off the baseball field, so when Zach needs to get out of a science field trip that's scheduled on the same day as the Little League championship game, the sixth-graders are in it together. But their scheme comes back to haunt them when Zach makes the all-star team instead of Joey, and Joey has to wonder whether he might have won the spot if Zach had gone on the field trip. A cute girl might like only one boy, too. Though Green is no stylist, he does a better job of avoiding the sports fantasy and sticking to real life than usual. There's plenty of play-by-play for those who want the sports to be the focus, but the interactions off the field are never shortchanged. For example, Joey has an obnoxious younger brother, his parents don't always agree, and he learns that trying to dance to a fast song can be as embarrassing as your first almost-kiss. A slice of life for middle school readers who know that their sport is a microcosm of the larger world. (Fiction. 9-13)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Sixth-graders Joey and Zach share a dream: after the Little League championships, they'll get chosen for the all-stars and, from there, the Center State Select team. The friends are so focused on their goal that Joey comes up with the idea of tampering with their teacher's pickup truck to prevent Mr. Kratz from taking the class on an extra-credit field trip that would keep Zach from participating in the championship game. That action haunts Joey for much of the story, especially since his mom is a sheriff's deputy with an uncanny ability to sniff out the truth. Exhausted and riddled with guilt and worry, he flubs the championship, and, ironically, only Zach is chosen for the all-stars. Joey gets a second chance when one of the players has to back out. Even though his mom is unrelenting in her investigation, Joey begins to believe Zach's prediction that things are going to work out. They are floored when Coach tells them that there is only one open infielder spot on the team. Suddenly, the dynamics of their friendship change, and that change is magnified when Joey discovers that the girl he likes has cast him aside for Zach. The choices that Joey ultimately makes, the realistic portrayal of friendship lost and later restored, and the abundant baseball action guarantee that this book will find wide appeal among Green's many fans.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

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HarperCollins Publishers
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6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 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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Force Out 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first wghen I heard about this book, I was like "I really don't want to read a book about baseball" I'm not that into baseball, but I read it and it turned out to be more than just baseball, but about character and friendship. What happens is that there are two best friends, Joey and Zach, and their dream is for them both to be on the select team, but then they find out theres only one spot on the select team, they turn from bffs to rivals. Read to find out what happens!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Mr. Green's books. I have read all of the baseball books of his but none of his football ones yet. Should I? I like and love hovkey and swimming and also baseball. Read them! -RD
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Thats how i like it!!!
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A beautiful gray shekit lays down
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The she cat was in a heat. She was humping a stick
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Great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Go to LightClan and take someone from there. They wouldn't care as much as AshClan does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"He claws down his side i wont kill you this time but i swear by starclann i will kill you if you even think of touching my clanmates" *with that he turns and walks out*
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Tim is cheap
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Force Out was an emotional rollercoaster.  Some parts of the book made me feel sad like the time when Joey and Zack realized that there is only one spot on the Center State select team and one of them have to be left behind.  Other parts made me feel happy like when Joey gest his dream girl to be his girlfriend.  When Joey clamps his science teacher's fuel line to help Zack escape an extra credit field trip, I was astonished because he knows his mom, who is a cop, will find out.  No matter what was happening in the book, I always felt involved and I could create a picture in my mind to make it feel like I was actually there with all of the characters.  I could really relate to this book because I play baseball so I was able to understand how nervous Joey was at the plate batting.  I really loved this book because I never knew what was going to happen next and if you are a baseball player or love sports, then I guarantee that you will love the excitement that this book offers.
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This book captures you in the pages and you don't want to put it down. You don't have to be a base ball lover to read. This book shows what a strong frekndship can look like betwen 2 boys. When Joey drugs Daisy Mr. Kratz dog and puts a clamp on his feul line just so his friend can play in the game and pass Mr. Kratz class witch he was currently failing. This book enticed me with its mixture of realalistic fiction and mistery. I my sef am totaly not a base ball lover but I loved this book. I wasn't confused in one spot with all the base ball stuff. I would recomend this too kids ages twele and up. There is also a hit of romance going on between Joey and Leah Mc Coy. That is another reason I would recomend it to older kids. This is my first book by Tim Green that I have ever read so that proves that no you do not have to read the othet books in the base ball or football serise to read this book. Joey and Zack are charecters that everyday boys can relate to. Like gaving a base ball dream or having a Mom thats a cop or simpily e ver having an anoing little sibling. I finished this boon in about a week so if you are looking for a quick read this is not the book that you are looking for. But, if you are looking for a book to entertain you on a long car ride this is the one. Martin ( Joeys little brother who is three) interjects through the book sometimes it is with cat litter and other times with his snot. But, no matter what Joeys Mom is always on his side. When Joet and Zack have a chance to go to the all-star team then mabey the Center State selects and if they do possibly ten years from then the professionals. This book is a must read for all ages twelve and up. I <3 T H I S B O O K ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is res 7 for me. Im pretty sure i can count.
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Cant srry sis is sitting next to me
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