Knights of the Hill Country

Knights of the Hill Country

by Tim Tharp
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Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp

Welcome to Kennisaw—where Friday night high school football ranks right up there with God and country. This year, the Kennisaw Knights are going for their fifth straight undefeated season, and if they succeed, they'll be legends.

 But the Knights' legacy is a heavyweight to carry for Hampton, linebacker and star of the team. On the field, he's so in control you'd think he was able to stop time. But his life off the field is a different story. His mom has a new boyfriend every week. He's drawn to a smart, quirky girl at school who seems totally wrong for a star athlete, and his best friend and teammate is growing uncomfortably competitive.
 
This thought-provoking novel is the story of a boy whose choices will decide the kind of man he becomes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449812877
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 208,788
Product dimensions: 5.76(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

TIM THARP lives in Oklahoma, where he teaches at Rose State College. Knights of the Hill Country was his first novel for young adults; he is also the author of The Spectacular Now (a National Book Award finalist), Badd, and Mojo.

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Knights of the Hill Country 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
LadyLep1334 More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of books, but Knights of the Hill Country was more than just a book. It was one of the best books I have ever read. I found a part of myself that I thought I lost a long time ago. Seeing Hampton struggle with the hard choices of supporting his best friend or dating the girl everyone makes fun of. Whether to leave his best friend behind for college or struggle to make sure Blaine proves himself enough to get into OU. If you have ever struggled through high school and the struggles of friendship this is the book for you.
RalRomines More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great plot, good story line, sports, girls, fighting, and a boy becoming a man. Hampton Green is from a rural town named Kennisaw, where Friday night high school football ranks next to God & Country... Some times even comes in first. Hampton is dealing with multiple problems at once, trying to keep the football team's four year undefeated streak to stretch another year. But this is just the beginning of the problems. Hampton isn't the richest, popular or the most attractive guy in the school. So when he meets a girl that his teammates don't approve of because she isn't "hot" enough, Hampton dates a girl and ends up stealing a trophy from an elementary school for his "hot" date. He then decides that has worth more then that. Hampton goes home and sees her mom with her newest date of the week. Since Hampton's dad left the family, Hamptons mom has been with a new guy more then once a week. And the problems keep coming. Hampton's star teammate, Blaine, is loosing his star status with a blown knee. So with the anger that Blaine is getting from the star status slipping away, he's taking it out on Hampton for being interested in the type of girl that stars aren't supposed to get involved with. I'd go on, but you need to read this book! This is the unforgettable story of a boy who must summon the strength to choose what kind of man he wants to become.
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thought the book was really good about a star football player.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This football story takes place in Kennisaw, Oklahoma where football is the most important thing on earth. Hampton plays football on a virtually unbeatable high school team because his best friend Blaine and Blaine's father have taught him to play hard and well. Over the years, Hampton has relied heavily on those relationships, with his own father gone and his mother largely unavailable. Hampton Green, the star of the team, is trying to lead the team to the fifth straight undefeated season. This has only been done once before and those men are still revered in the area. Hampton's best friend, Blaine, wants the undefeated season worse than anyone. Blaine used to be a very powerful player as well, but sustained a knee injury during the previous season. He tries to pretend he is still the same player, but anyone can see that he is not performing where he used to. As the team inches closer to the end of the season Hampton starts to notice for the first time that not everyone always agrees with what Blaine says. Ever since Hampton moved to Kennisaw in junior high and Blaine accepted him as his friend, he has listened to everything Blaine said and accepted it as fact. Since Hampton's father left him and his mom and she fell apart, Hampton looked to Blaine and his dad for male advice. Now it seems that Blaine is getting defensive with his words and aggressive with his fists and it's always Hampton who has to bail him out of tough situations. Hampton also meets a girl, Sara, who is not interested in football, but in what Hampton has to say. He really enjoys talking to her until Blaine insists she isn't good enough and forces him to stay away from her. Hampton must come to decide if he should stand by Blaine because they have been best friends for so long, or if he should start thinking for himself and decide what he wants to do with his life besides football. Sports fans will enjoy this book and athletes will be able to relate to the difficult issues that come with having young athletes put so much stress on themselves. All of this growth is shown in the context of Hampton and Blaine's activities at school, on dates, and especially during football games. The sports scenes are especially well written, given greater meaning by Hampton's take on the game. (I like how Hampton ruefully contrasts his ability to make exactly the right moves in football with his inability to say the right things in social settings.) The book's pivotal moment shows Hampton, moved by his deep loyalty to his friend, doing something that infuriates Blaine even as it saves him from himself. In a very satisfying evolution, seemingly passive Hampton becomes the action-taker-and we realize that his integrity has given his "still waters" choices increasing power, in contrast to Blaine's frenetically petty mistakes. I highly recommend the book Knights of the Hill Country.
chadlyman More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a school project and it was a great read. I like sports stories and this was to my full satisfaction. I would fully recommend this book to any one who likes a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp was a good read. The novel portrays a sense of high school life that shows similarities to books such as Friday Night Lights, with vivid scenes of football action as well as off the field drama. The story is told through the voice of Hampton Green, the star linebacker of a high school football team who¿s looking to make it five undefeated seasons in a row. We are given insights by Hamp into his daily life and struggles and his shear domination on the football field; however, his inconsistency in telling the story and drifting off into side stories about ¿could¿ve been¿s¿ and ¿might be¿s¿ became annoying when he would not focus on the matter at hand and the story¿s progression. The reason I chose to read this book was because I wanted to read about something that I could relate to, and when I saw that this book was about high school I was immediately buzzing with intrigue. Now I do have to warn that being in high school myself I was noticed some elements of the book that were a bit awkward, and by that I mean there were things in the story that just don¿t happen in real life and it was kind of comical to me cause I would think `wow, nobody really does that.¿ But all negatives aside there is some good and relatable content. Overall, the story lacks a consistent storyline, however, if you are a person who likes reading stories set in high school, this is a good pick. Tim Tharp is a promising writer who seems to write high school stories well. I enjoyed reading this book mainly because I was so excited to get started once I found it and I was able to look past the negatives and see the positives that made me want to read it in the first place. I give it an 8 out of 10.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a school book report and i would recommend this for anyone who loves sports, high school drama, and hot guys!
Collier County More than 1 year ago
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