Hit Count

Hit Count

by Chris Lynch

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Overview


“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616205935
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication date: 05/24/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 250,699
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 LiesPiecesAngry 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 Descends

SOPHOMORE YEAR
Varsity
You Have to Earn It
Starlo
Cheers
A Funny Thing
Right and Wrong
A New Year
Island Arlo

JUNIOR 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 Man

SENIOR YEAR
Brutus
Contact
Coach
Impervious
The Fight Thing
Duckin’ And Divin’
Helmet
Consequences Are Consequences
Balance
Dawn
Porch

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