From New York Times bestselling author and former NFL player Tim Green comes a gripping, deeply personal standalone football novel about a star middle school quarterback faced with a life-changing decision after his dad is diagnosed with ALS. Listen to an excerpt from FINAL SEASON below. Learn more about FINAL SEASON and how to purchase.
Ben Redd has football in his blood. With his two older all-star brothers and their NFL dad being football royalty, it was only natural that sixth-grade quarterback Ben follow in their footsteps. Gifted with speed and a rocket arm, Ben has his sights set on the NFL. And his chance to shine is on the horizon, especially with the championship game against the tough rival team, Penn Yan.
But when his dad receives awful news—that he has an incurable disease called ALS, no doubt triggered by those hard hits he took on the field—the whole family is turned upside down. Now Ben’s mom is determined to get Ben to quit football for good.
Ben isn’t playing just for himself, though. This might be his dad’s last time ever as a coach. And Ben’s lively teammates, including the new girl on the team, Thea, need a quarterback who can lead them to a victory. He can’t—he won’t—give up. But as Ben struggles on the field from the pressures of winning, and as he watches the heavy toll ALS is taking on his dad, he begins to question if this will truly be his final season.
Drawing from his own experiences, both with the NFL and with his ALS diagnosis, New York Times bestselling author and former Atlanta Falcon’s player Tim Green highlights the importance of family, community, and love of football while also cautioning against the risks of the beloved sport.
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Jalen DeLuca loves baseball. But he’s more than just a fan and a talented player; Jalen is a baseball genius. He can analyze and predict almost exactly what a pitcher is going to do with his next pitch. His unique ability helped him save the career of the Yankees’s star baseman, James “JY” Yager, by signaling the pitches from the stands.
Now turning his focus to his own baseball career, Jalen has to put his genius into action in new and untested ways. But without the stats and information he has on the pro players, analyzing the pitchers seems impossible. And even if he knows what the pitch will be, actually hitting it takes more than intuition.
As if the pressure of the team and drama with his friends weren’t enough, one major event changes everything—Jalen’s mom comes back into his life. Can Jalen work through it all to hit a grand slam and make his baseball dreams a reality?
Danny Owens is football royalty in his small Texas town. And he’s dedicating his seventh-grade season to his Super Bowl–champion father, who recently passed away. Danny promises everyone that, just like his dad, he’ll dominate the big game at the end of the season and earn a spot on the high school varsity team.
Then his English teacher catches him cheating on a test. Despite everyone’s protests, she is not going to let Danny get away with it. And even though Danny is given another opportunity to take the test, he knows it won’t matter, for he’s been carrying a secret with him for a long time now. He can’t read.
If Danny can’t pass his class, he won’t be eligible to play in the big championship game that could unlock his future. While his resentment rises against the one person willing to help him win off the field, the pressure to succeed begins to weigh heavily on Danny’s shoulders. Danny knows he’s being tested on every level, and to pass, he may very well have to choose a different path from his father’s.
In another action-packed and inspiring story, New York Times bestselling author and former NFL player Tim Green encourages readers to fight for their dreams but to live up to their own great expectations.
Jalen DeLuca and his hero New York Yankee James “JY” Yager must team up to prove themselves in this sequel to Tim Green and Derek Jeter’s New York Times bestselling novel, Baseball Genius.
Jalen DeLuca loves baseball. He’s playing for his summer travel team and trying to win a regular spot in the rotation. But Jalen’s got more then talent on the field. He’s a baseball genius who can analyze and predict almost exactly what any pitcher is going to do with his next pitch. He can’t quite explain how he knows, he just does. His unique ability helped him to save the career of New York Yankee star baseman, James “JY” Yager, and now Jalen figures he’ll be almost part of the team. Or will he?
After a power struggle with the Yankees GM and a failed negotiation with Cat, JY strikes out on his own to show he can still hit in the majors without the help of Jalen’s baseball genius. Disappointed, but focused on his own baseball career, Jalen tries to carve out his own spot with the Rockton Rockets.
When things go wrong for both of them, JY works out a deal with Cat, bringing the pair together again. With JY’s help, Jalen and Daniel are able to join a travel team from a nearby rival town who will face off against the Rockets in the championship game of an elite tournament in Boston. With the pressure mounting for JY to perform at the Green Monster and Jalen intent on paying back his former team, they’ll have to pull off the ultimate double play if they’re both going to succeed.