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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (378 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mike Lupica, Melissa Fay Greene Narrator: Christina Delaine, Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781101538326
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Will Tyler can fly on a football field. He may not be the biggest running back around, but no one can touch him when it comes to hitting the hole and finding the end zone. And no one can match his love of the game. When Will has a football in hand, he may as well be flying for real because life can’t touch him—his dad isn’t so defeated, his town isn’t so poor, and everyone has something to cheer for. All of which does him no good if the football season is canceled. With no funding for things like uniforms and a cared-for playing field, with seemingly every other family moving to find jobs, there simply isn’t enough money or players for a season. Unless one kid can rally an entire town and give everyone a reason to believe…

For fans of his bestselling novels Travel Team and Million-Dollar Throw, Mike Lupica delivers a feel-good sports story that will have readers cheering where they sit.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlintobin | 1/26/2014

    " This book reminds me of an after school TV special. Will Tyler's town is "going out of business" and the money for his football team has been cut. Will finds a sponsor for his team, talks his dad into coaching the team, finds players for the team, and even when they are down, he has the heart to keep everyone together. The football metaphors were too much for me, but if I were a 10-12 year old boy, I would love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mason Buckendahl | 1/18/2014

    " This was a very good book because it was about a kid that had a passion for football and didn't let it go away because something was keeping it from him. His town was without money for football, so he came up with the courage to call New Balance to be able to supply his team with gear. That is where it all started for his team. They won as a team and never got down on themselves, in the end he got his dream of making it to the league championship. This was a very good book and maybe one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 1/12/2014

    " it was awesome!!! will tyler can fly like tha wind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Hertzberg | 12/11/2013

    " Nothing wrong with this book. Just another Lupica book my boys will love it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kolin Ruppert | 12/8/2013

    " I really liked this book. I like reading His books because he writes about sports. If you like to read and are a sports fan i would recommend this book. It really inspired me when he tried to raise money for his football team so they could play. He finally did and they beat there rivals. All in all this is a very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devaughn Tucker jr. | 11/29/2013

    " The book The Underdogs, is a good story if you are looking for a laugh and your spirits lifted. This book is about a young boy named Will Tyler that wants to save the football program in his home town of Forbes. He succeeds by writing a letter to the CEO of New Balance. Throughout the story there is no shortage of wisecracks and jokes but overall this is a story of courage, faith, and determination. The theme of this story is what goes around comes around. For example, the main characters father has worked hard for all of his life, from a factory worker to a bike courier, it has been a hard journey for him. Now he is rewarded by coaching his sons team and being sponsored by New Balance, a very large sporting goods company. The main character loves the sport of football. This sport is his life. As the story goes on He becomes more and more mature throughout the story learning that there is no difference between a boy and a girl when it comes to playing sports. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves happy endings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callan | 11/14/2013

    " The book genre is about real life because this book could happen.i pick up the book cause i like football and i like football story.will tyler the main chacter is trying to get his team back together cause they could have season. they need one more person and a coach to have the team to rtun "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noah Kotelov | 10/19/2013

    " I love this book about half way threw if you like football read this "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy Oberembt | 10/16/2013

    " This book picked up and got somewhat better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Kalkowski | 10/13/2013

    " I liked the book a lot, but just thought it was too predictable. That being said, it will make the sports-loving book readers who like happy endings happy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan P. 8 Rdg | 10/3/2013

    " Will is the rising football star on a team that my not be able to play because they don't have enough money, but they get money from New Balance and end up winning the championship. I really like this book and think you should read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 La Tisha | 9/14/2013

    " A book that will get you up and cheering all the way!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Roach | 3/3/2013

    " it was good i strongly consider checking it out and at least giving it a try even it your not a sports fan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenna Johnson | 1/31/2012

    " It reads like a football game. You cheer for Will and his team. Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Enda Sweeney | 12/6/2011

    " I thought this book was very good. It always kept me guessing on what was going to happen. I was very surprised with what the ending was like. If you like sports than this book is for you! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Magda | 12/4/2011

    " Kinda cute, but not terribly exceptional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 10/29/2011

    " Nothing wrong with this book. Just another Lupica book my boys will love it "

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About the Author
Author Mike Lupica

Mike Lupica is a New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers. He has carved out a niche as the sporting world’s finest storyteller. His column in the New York Daily News is syndicated nationally. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children.

About the Narrators

Christina Delaine has trod many boards, including the ones at the Public Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Actors Theater of Louisville, Ensemble Studio Theater, and Peterborough Players. Her favorite gigs include Jewtopia and the title role in Antigone at both Portland Center Stage and the Kentucky Repertory Theater. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MFA in acting from Brown University.

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.