The Extra Yard (Home Team #2)

by Mike Lupica (Author)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Home Team
Teddy, a young football player, learns that sometimes bridging the distance in your family can be harder than stretching for an extra yard on the field in the second book of the Home Team series from New York Times bestselling author and sportswriting legend Mike Lupica.

Last spring Teddy's life changed for the better. He started working out, shaping up, and even earned a spot on the Walton baseball team, and with the team he went all the way to the Little League World Series. But the best things to come out of that season were his friendships with Jack, Cassie, and Gus, and the confidence to finally try out for the sport he really loves--football. So when eighth grade begins, Teddy couldn't be more psyched.

Until his mom drops a bomb: his father--who left them a long time ago--is back in Walton and back in their lives. And Teddy isn't happy about it. As a former star football player at the school, Teddy's dad is thrilled to find out his son is going out for the team, but Teddy begins to wonder if his father only cares about him now because he's putting on the helmet. Can Teddy find a way to go the extra yard for the team and for himself, or is the distance between him and his father too much to overcome?

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Gr 4-6--After successfully making the baseball team in The Only Game, Teddy tries out for the football team in the continuation of Mike Lupica's series about a group of young kids in a small town. Making the football team would make his dream come true. However, the sudden appearance of his father, after a long absence, puts Teddy off of his game. With the help of his friends, Teddy strives accomplish his goal. Lupica provides a brief synopsis of the events of the previous book (The Only Game) within the first few pages so readers will all be on the same page regardless of whether they have read the first book. Teddy was a supporting character in The Only Game and takes center stage here. Fans of Lupica's previous books will enjoy his trademark mix of family angst and engaging sports play which is on fine display here.

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.


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"readers who like their sports with heart and soul will not be disappointed."—Booklist "December 10, 2015 "
Mike Lupica
Mike Lupica is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of several books for young readers. His NEW YORK DAILY NEWS column is syndicated nationally. Mr. Lupica lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children. You can visit Mike Lupica at
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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date
January 20, 2016
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