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Q is for…Football? #AtoZ Challenge



It’s Q day! It’s Q day!

I bet you think you’ve got me stumped?

But you DON’T.

I have a book for Q!!


QB1 by Mike Lupica


I love author Mike Lupica because for sporty guys who want something to read, they are never without a title. Lupica covers most of the sports and once the tweens are too old for middle grade reads, Lupica offers them something more with his YA titles.  Here’s a bit about QB1:

Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights (Texas). He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season–not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be royalty . . . and a quarterback. All of which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow, a tall order for any boy, especially one who’s merely a freshman.

While his teammates assume the starting job will be handed to Jake on a silver platter, the truth is that he has to fight for every snap and every ounce of respect. Jake may be a Cullen and he may play quarterback, but he is not his brother or his father. Being a good teammate comes naturally to Jake; being a winner and a celebrity does not. He’s just like every other boy–awkward around a pretty girl, in awe of his famous family, and desperate to simultaneously blend in and cast his own shadow.

The story is loosely based on the Manning brothers and the wildly famous Friday Night Lights family drama. Having lived in Texas for 10 years, I can remember how obsessively people cared about football.  Me? I was at the snack bar. But whatever.

Grab this book for your fave tween guy!

Have you ever read anything by Lupica? Do you have a Q book?

7 replies on “Q is for…Football? #AtoZ Challenge”

Great choice for Q! Texans are rabid football fans, aren’t they? Friday Night Lights was a great show but it kinda scared me (to say nothing of Friday Night Tykes )

When I was a tween/teen I used to read Mike Lupica’s sports columns in the NY Daily News and watch him and other sports writers on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters Don’t think I’ve read any of his fiction but I would have in my teens. Sports books were just about the only thing I read until about 3 years ago :/

When I first learned of Lupica’s books, I was chatting about it with my husband and he said “The guy from ESPN?” and I was all smarty pants like: “NOO!!!!! This guy is an AUTHOR!!!” See how I told my husband off? The boys that come into contact with me usually have heard of him from ESPN so it’s a great fit.

The teens in my family love Mike Lupica’s books. I’m adding this one to the Christmas list. I’m always on the look out for books with sports themes.

Of course add Matt Christopher, Dan Gutman and Rondo and Tiki Barber.

Pretty sure I heard my DD talk about this book. She’s an educator in St. Louis and thought it a good way to reach some of kids that don’t read enough.

Hope this works, am getting an error message that not aurthorized 6d9db9002e, paring request failed, whatever that means. Hope it’s not another site people expect folks to join before they can leave a message.

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