Will Tyler can fly on a football field. He may not be the biggest running back around, but no one can touch him when it comes to hitting the hole and finding the end zone. And no one can match his love of the game. When Will has a football in hand, he may as well be flying for real because life can't touch him - hi ...more
Mike Lupica, the New York Daily News columnist, has penned several sport books about kids in baseball and basketball. Typically the kids have to overcome obstacles on the field, but also off of the field. I grew up reading a lot of sports books for kids and have read other Lupica novels. They are high quality entertain ...more
I selected this book because the students interest inventory indicated he enjoys playing football. The student also indicated that he enjoys adventure stories and while this is not a traditional adventure story the struggle Will Tyler experiences to fund and build a place to play and build a ...more
5th Grade Boy: Mrs. Salcedo, what city does The Underdogs take place in?
5GB: You know, The Underdogs, what's the city?
Me: I don't know.
5GB: Yes, you do. You know the book about the boy with the football team. You know, the really good book.
Me: No. I've never read that.
5GB (looking at m ...more
The Underdogs is a story about boy and his team that love to play football but do nit have en ...more
I didn't like it because Will sounded selfish at some points. Will was selfish when he wouldn't let a girl play with them at first. Will's dad wouldn't help his son at football. Will couldn't get Toby to play at first but he had to talk to him for a ...more
Twelve-year-old Will Tyler's passion is football, and not only he loves the sport, he also excels at it. His team made it to the championship game and unfortunately lost because Will fumbled the ball just feet away from the goal line. Something even more upsetting than this, is that the school doesn't have enough money for extracurricular activities next year, and Will does not want that to happen. Throughout the book, most kids have moved away since the towns famous Forb ...more
I chose this book for Haidyn because he marked he would like to know more about sports on the interest inventory. He said he would like to go back to the time when the Bears were good and if ...more
I just finished reading “The Underdogs” by Mike Lupica. Lupica has wrote many sports books for example Heat, Travel Team and Million-Dollar Throw . Mike is also referred to as one of the most prominent sports writers in america . He started by doing newspaper articles over the New York Knicks at the age of 23.
In “The Underdogs” the main character is Will Tyler, he is a 12 year old boy he has the greatest passion for football. In the book you hear the author explain how will has a gear that no ...more
The underdogs was a story that was full of heart. The main character Will Tyler had a huge passion for football and he wanted to go back to championship and win it this time.But the school he went to said no to him to play football. Since the town went economically down, the school had to cut back on money. So they took down the whole football team, their jerseys, coaches,and the football field itself. Most of the football players had to move since most of the pare ...more
male, skinny, 12 years old
passionate about football
wears football jerseys everyday
lives in Forbes
Mom has died
female, brown hair, 12 years old
joins the football team
very athletic and helps the team win
flirts with Will
father of Will
he destroyed his knee while playing high school football which ended his chances of getting a scholarship
causes him to hate the game of football
The main character, Will, had persistence many times throughout the story, but there were two times in the beginning of the story that just blew me away. One time was how he was able to play football this year in the first place. When the town didn’t have enough money in the budget to have a football program, Will didn’t just ex ...more
I picked, The Underdogs, by Mike Lupica as an intermediate book for my text set because it portrays a great message about accomplishing goals. It is a sports novel, so will spark a lot of interest in the boys, but I actually think it would appeal to a lot of the girls as well because a girl joins the football team. I am a huge sports enthusiast, so I really enjoyed this book. The story is about a boy named Will Tyler who has a passion for the game of football. He can’t wait for the new ...more
The Underdogs is Lupica's story of an exceptional young football player whose plans for a season playing his favorite game are threatened when his struggling town can't afford to fund. Will Tyler has a can-do attitude about nearly everything, and he works to address every block thrown his way in his endeavor to ensure that there will be football, and that his team will be contenders.
There are lots of really great qualities about this book. It shows the power of optimism but also work to make thi...more