By: Tim Green
The author of the book was a linebacker and defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons. http://www.rutgersprep.org/kendall/7thgrade/authors/09_as/TimGreenWebpageAashay.html
The book I read was Football Hero by Tim Green. http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/books/Football-Hero-Tim-Green/?isbn13=9780061122743&tctid=100
On the field and off the author of Football Hero. http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/kids/gamesandcontests/features/timgreen/meet.aspx
Ty-12 year old boy who lives with his aunt and uncle.Thane- Ty's older brother is a wide receiver for the New York Jets. He is about 23 years old.
Ty and Thane's parents died in a car crash.
Internal Conflict- Ty doesn't want to tell Thane how mean his aunt and uncle are to him because he doesn't want him to worry.
External Conflict-Uncle Gus and his mob friends are using Ty to get information on the injured players to sell to people for their fantasy football teams or to use for betting on the NFL games.
Where- The story takes place in several locations in New Jersey such as: a small trailer home, a bar, Ty's middle school, and the Jets Training Facility.
When- It takes place present day around 2000. In addition, it occurs during the fall months of September and October.
There are several important events that happen to lead up to the climax. First, Ty gets a work permit so he can clean toilets for his uncle's cleaning business. Next, Ty gets bullied at his new school, both on the football field and in school. To stop the bullying, Ty has to prove himself to his teammates. He does this by becoming the fastest kid on the team. Soon after, Thane signs a multi-million dollar contract as a first round draft pick for the New York Jets. Finally, Uncle Gus forces Ty to get involved in an illegal scam to get money. This illegal scam involves the mob.
In the book Football Hero, the climax of the story occurs when Ty and Thane get pulled over by the F.B.I. They have no idea why they have gotten pulled over, or at least Thane doesn't know, but Ty is worried. Two F.B.I. agents take Ty and Thane to an abandoned warehouse. The two agents explain to Ty and Thane that they are in big trouble. Why would two brothers be involved in trouble with the F.B.I.? But Ty knows exactly why the F.B.I. wants to talk to them.