“I hit him so hard, the clash of helmets and pads sounded like a gunshot across the field. I crushed him with the hit, held on to him, and crushed him again when I slammed him into the ground . . . I had arrived.” Arlo Brodie loves being at the heart of the action on the football field, getting hit hard and hitting back harder. That’s where he belongs, leading his team to championships, becoming “Starlo” on his way to the top. Arlo’s dad cheers him on, but his mother quotes head injury statistics and refuses to watch games. Arlo’s girlfriend tries to make him see how dangerously he’s playing; when that doesn’t work, she calls time out on their relationship. Even Arlo’s coaches begin to track his hit count, ready to pull him off the field when he nears the limit. But Arlo’s not worried about tallying collisions. The winning plays, the cheering crowds, and the adrenaline rush are enough to convince Arlo that everything is OK—in spite of the pain, the pounding, the dizziness, and the confusion.Hit Count explores America’s love affair with football and our attempts to reconcile the clear evidence of its dangers with our passion for the game.
|Publisher:||Algonquin Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Chris Lynch is the author of many acclaimed young adult novels, including Little Blue Lies, Pieces, Angry Young Man, the National Book Award Finalist Inexcusable, and the Printz Honor Book Freewill. Chris is on the faculty of the creative writing MFA program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When he’s not teaching or visiting family in Boston, he lives in Scotland.
Table of Contents
FRESHMAN YEAR The Drill The File The Good Life Muscle Memory Dinos Everything Is a Competition Hit List Give Thanks There Are No Off-Seasons Lighter Air How High Sandy Dinos DescendsSOPHOMORE YEAR Varsity You Have to Earn It Starlo Cheers A Funny Thing Right and Wrong A New Year Island ArloJUNIOR YEAR September Subs and Scrubs Hits and Lists A Violent Game Out of Control Structures Random Access Memory Coach Ground Zero Bam! Toxic Space Hello Good-Bye Stinygiasou Brand-New ManSENIOR YEAR Brutus Contact Coach Impervious The Fight Thing Duckin’ And Divin’ Helmet Consequences Are Consequences Balance Dawn PorchReader’s Guide About the Author About Algonquin Young Readers