Bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein kicks off a new series for middle grade featuring Alex Myers, a student athlete who tries to take on the sports establishment in his new town.
Alex Myers is a quarterback, but from the first day of football practice, it’s clear that that position is very much filled by the coach’s son, Matt.
Alex has the better arm, but Matt has more experience—and the coach’s loyalty. Alex finally gets a chance to show what he can do when Matt is injured, and he helps win a key game to keep the Lions’ bid for the state championship alive. But just when his star is rising, Alex gets blindsided—the state has started drug testing, and Alex’s test comes back positive for steroids. Alex knows that’s not right. But he doesn’t know if it’s a mistake—or if someone wants to make sure he can’t play. . . .
John Feinstein has been praised as “the best writer of sports books in America today” (The Boston Globe), and this first installment in the Triple Threat series is his most thrilling and suspenseful novel yet. Fans of Mike Lupica, Tim Green, and Paul Volponi will want to check out The Walk On, and its companion, The Sixth Man.
“A cliffhanger of a football novel bristling with social, personal, familial and ethical issues to complement the gridiron action. . . . All the goods for the sports enthusiast—and more.” —Kirkus Reviews
About John Feinstein
John Feinstein is the author of many bestselling books, including A Season on the Brink, A Good Walk Spoiled, and Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball.
His books for young readers—Last Shot,Vanishing Act, Cover-Up, Change-Up, The Rivalry, Rush for the Gold, and Foul Trouble—offer a winning combination of sports, action, and intrigue, with Last Shot receiving the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best young adult mystery.
He began his career at the Washington Post, where he worked as both a political and sports reporter. He has also written for Sports Illustrated and the National Sports Daily, and is currently a contributor to the Washington Post, Golf World, the Golf Channel, and hosts a daily radio show on the CBS Sports Radio Network.
John Feinstein lives in Potomac, Maryland, with his family.
Kirkus review, August 2014:
"A cliffhanger of a football novel bristling with social, personal, familial and ethical issues to complement the gridiron action.... All the goods for the sports enthusiast—and more."
Publishers Weekly review, August 2014:
"[With] lots of play-by-play action, sensational plot developments, and an attractive, whip-smart, sports-crazy romantic interest . . . Feinstein skillfully captures the mania that surrounds high school football."
VOYA review, Octoer 2014:
"The action is lively and well paced, with increasing tension as the team advances to single-elimination play-off games."