Thursday, January 16, 2014
I recently read a book called Football Hero by Tim Green. It is about a boy named Ty Lewis who, after losing his parents in a car crash, goes to live with his aunt and uncle. Ty is one of the fastest kids in his class and the football coach wants him to join the team. This gives Ty the chance to get a fresh start in a new school, and be like his older brother, Thane "Tiger" Lewis, who's about to graduate from college and has a chance to be drafted by the NFL. Unfortunately, Ty's Uncle Gus, his guardian since the death of Ty's parents, insists the boy has no time for sports. He has to earn his keep by scrubbing toilets for Gus's cleaning service. Overall Gus treats Ty rudely and with little respect. Gus is a gambler and does gambling schemes with the local mob boss, a man called Lucy, who also has no time for Ty. When Thane finally gets drafted by the New York Jets and signs a huge multimillion dollar contract, things appear to be on the verge of getting better for Ty and Thane. But Gus attempts to swindle money from Thane and is unable to do so. When Lucy hears just how famous Ty's older brother is, he becomes suddenly friendly, which leads to Ty and Thane becoming the unwitting pawns in a dangerous game involving the Mafia. As the tension builds, Ty finds himself trapped in a dangerous web. The stakes are high, and one false move on Ty's part could destroy his brother's future. Ty is also feeling pressure from trying to help save his coach’s job by winning the big game against the top team. In the end, the true love and support of a family bond allow Ty and Thane to overcome more than just the mafia. They overcome the ghosts of their past, the pressure of the present and the fear of the future. This book shows how you can overcome challenges in your life and still be able to play sports. But the story moved fast and had plots outside of football to interest those beyond the sports fans. I would recommend this book. It teaches a lesson of how talented young athletes are taken advantage of when they have that chance of making it to the pros. The plot is something that can really happen in today’s society.