The Big Game by Tim Green

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
3.4 Llamas


This was a surprisingly good book. I got it at the library, while I was looking for books for boys (cause I read a lot more girlish books than boy books, so I’m trying to balance it out), and this one stuck out to me, so I picked it up and got it. And it was a really, REALLY good book.

The book focuses around this kid who plays football but cannot read. His dad was also a football player, so he wants him to, like, live up to his glory, or whatever. It is a really good kid/teen book and I really liked the plot line, though there are some problems.

The kid in the book is going through a rough time, causing the book to be really sad at some points. His dad dies very suddenly, causing anger issues and such. His mom starts drinking and smoking, it just a little sad at times. Nothing bad… just sad.

Over all, not a bad book. Nothing that really stands out in a negative way or anything. I personally think this is a great book for boys; I think younger boys could read it too.


  • Funny
  • Youth appropriate


  • Some mention of violence and depression

Danny Owens is dedicating his seventh-grade season to his Super Bowl champion father, who recently passed away. Danny promises everyone that, just like his dad, he’ll dominate the big game at the end of the season and earn a spot on the high school varsity team.

Then his English teacher catches him cheating on a test. Even though Danny can retake it, he knows there’s no point. He can’t read. And if Danny can’t pass this class, he won’t be eligible to play in the championship game that could unlock his future.

While his resentment rises against the only person willing to help him win off the field, the pressure to succeed begins to weigh heavily on Danny’s shoulders. Danny is being tested on every level now, and to pass, he may very well have to choose a different path from his father’s.

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