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The Underdogs

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  2,364 Ratings  ·  343 Reviews
#1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica tackles football!

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
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Philomel Books (first published September 6th 2011)
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Jul 16, 2012 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports, read-in-2012
No coach, no money for uniforms, not enough boys to play football. No problem. Will Tyler, the likeable hero of The Underdogs will find a way to solve the problems facing his team.

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
Nov 29, 2015 Zach rated it really liked it

I read the book The Underdogs written by Mike Lupica. The book is about a boy named Will who is trying to save his school’s football team. Will is the main character in this story. He is a kid that likes football and plays for his school. His dad is a secondary character. He loves football and he played sever since he was a kid. He hurt his knee which had happened during his last game in high school. His knee was so bad that he never played again. Ben Clark, Hannah, and Toby Keenan are other se
Drew Seifert
Nov 08, 2015 Drew Seifert rated it it was amazing
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Mar 22, 2017 Rafael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 22, 2017 Diego rated it it was ok
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Mar 08, 2017 Caden rated it really liked it
A 12-year-old halfback with a huge passion for football fights to keep his team on the field.
Will Tyler keeps reliving the final play of the previous year’s championship, when his team came so close before his fumble caused the loss to their rivals across the river. Unfortunately, budget cuts may keep the town from fielding his team this year. Like other manufacturing towns, Forbes, Pennsylvania has lost jobs and businesses that might sponsor a sports team. Will takes a chance, writes to a natio
Aug 28, 2013 5sagun_adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book about how when the odds are stacked against you like they were against the protagonist Will Tyler and his town of Forbes Pennsylvania you may still be able to achieve greatness with the help of others. Will Tyler had to go a long way to bring a football season to his team, starting by finding $10,000 to cover equipment. He tested his luck by emailing the owner of new balance athletic apparel seeing if the company would sponsor the team. The unlikely chance somehow worked in ...more
Mar 28, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Football Fans, Upper Elementary/Middle School Readers
Recommended to Catherine by: Tyler
Some of the best books I've read were recommended to me by students. Recently, a 5th grader who was working on a book trailer project for my class asked for help. The conversation went something like this:

5th Grade Boy: Mrs. Salcedo, what city does The Underdogs take place in?
Me: What?
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
Dj Bynum
Dec 12, 2012 Dj Bynum rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1
This book is about a 12 year old runningback named Will Tyler that has the passion to play football and fight for his team. The Book the Underdogs is a great book for football lovers and a inspiration for people that dont believe in miracles.I liked this book because it tells people to never give up on your dream and that they also come true.This book is a great book for children, parents, teachers, and coaches because it tells people my age or even if an adult is struggling with a job or financ ...more
Darrion Lucas
Feb 14, 2017 Darrion Lucas rated it really liked it
I think this book is very interesting . I t made it better because I love sports . This book shows how if you got a dream follow it never give up and you can succeed . If you like sports this book is perfect for you and i recommend it SPOILER ALERT!!! They win the championship .
Mar 21, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4th-quarter, sports
I liked this book and I like the author. Mike Lupica has written a lot of sports books that I plan on reading. This was my first book from the author so plan on reading the others. Even though this book did not have an around the world adventure, it was about a small adventure that one boys team had. I do not know a lot about football and I like to learn, so I did like learning new things in this book.
The Underdogs is a story about boy and his team that love to play football but do nit have en
Tammi Peterman
This is an intermediate chapter book suited for grades 4-7. This is a great independent read-though it may be challenging, the content and play by play action will keep the student motivated to keep reading.

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
Joe Gerard
Feb 27, 2013 Joe Gerard rated it really liked it
How would you like it if you came within a few yards of beating the football team you despise the most? Will Tyler didn't like it, and I'm pretty sure, if you were in his shoes, you wouldn't either. The Underdogs, by Mike Lupica is about how Will Tyler came within a few yards of beating his rival football team in the championship. Plus, his football team he played on wasn't able to play anymore, because the business that funded it, went out of business. After he hears the bad news, Will goes to ...more
Readers will feel the hardships of Will Tyler's football team, and his great passion for football. A twelve year old can only do so much, when it comes to funding the whole team with money so they can have equipment to play. Will did everything considering the circumstances, he even mailed a letter to a factory to see if they could sponsor the team to get money. In this book mike lupica really shows you how much Will loves the game of football and what he will do not only for him but for his tea ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Josh rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book because it shows how a team that had nothing, and worked it way up to the top to win their league championship. Despite all of there disadvantages, the bulldogs pulled off becoming a true underdog team. I also really liked this book because the coach of the team, who was a former star football player before his dreams were shattered when he severely injured his knee, got the chance to get back on the field and coach the team to victory. In this book it also shows how Wi ...more
Mar 31, 2014 Bronson rated it really liked it
It was about a football team that had no money. Will tried to find a way to get a coach uniforms and players. He wrote a letter to New balance. The owner decided he would sponsor there team. New Balance bought them cleats helmets pads and jerseys.
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
Samuel Gerend
Nov 03, 2015 Samuel Gerend rated it it was ok
In the book, "The Underdogs" there is a lot of fight from kids. They show how they want to be champions and want to win everything. I thought this was different because in middle school I would think it would be for fun.

This book to me wasn't very interesting because it is shown toward the audience of middle schoolers. However, the book shows that kids love to play football. I like how it really gets into the minds of the players and shows what they think about the game, their life, or football
Jake Delossantos
Aug 14, 2014 Jake Delossantos rated it it was amazing
The Underdogs, one of my favorite sports books of all time. Mike Lupica captures many athletes dream of being those who rise to the top and win, overcoming any challenges that stand in the way. In Underdogs, many of those challenges arise from off the field, rather than on. From the ground-up, Will Tyler does not let anything stop him. Embarassment, is what Will fears more than injury. Through his mistakes, Will only finds himself getting better and better. This inspirational story is one that a ...more
Aaron Trebley
Feb 06, 2015 Aaron Trebley rated it it was amazing
In this book a kid named Will Tyler's town, which is Forbes, Pennsylvania, is very poor and Will might not have a football season. But he sent a letter to New Balance to ask them to for some gear for football. When New Balance sent him a email that they would Will started looking for players and a coach. The other coach was leaving town forever for a job. Now his coach is use to be Forbes star running back Joe Tyler, which is Will's dad. Now they are a couple games away of playing Castle Rock wh ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Connor rated it it was ok
Now that I've read this book more i think that i liked the million dollar throw more because, it was more interesting and it made you wanna read more, as of this book it actually kinda boring in some parts, it was better in the beginning when you were getting to know the characters. in million dollar throw i could understand where the main character Nate Brodie was coming from and this book gets a little complicated sometimes.
Sep 14, 2015 Jeren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Underdogs is a good book if the reader is in middle school and if the reader likes football. The book did not have an expansive use of vocab words. It did, however, have good descriptions of character and the environment around them. I would not recommend this book to anyone in high school or older unless the reader has a lower reading level. I would recommend this book to any middle school aged boy that either enjoys playing football or is interested in the sport.
Nick Bruns
Mar 12, 2015 Nick Bruns rated it really liked it
I rate this as a 4 star book. The main character lives a small town that the main business, and this kid trys to make a hail Mary pass by trying to get football back in the town. Then there are some ups and down in the path but I won't spoil the ending, but I think this is a very good book. I thought this book was a fairly easy to follow. I would recommend this book to any sports fan because everybody likes underdogs.
Stephanie Woods
Jul 09, 2016 Stephanie Woods rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Rating:4
Book Rating: PG
Note: Middle Grade Read

This book was more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be. I read this along with my 10 year old son....who's obsessed with football. Not only did this book teach him about sportsmanship, friendship, dedication, and striving for what you believe in, it also taught him a little about gender equality. Great read!
May 29, 2015 DeAnna rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I'm neither a teenage boy nor a sports fan, but for some reason I really love Mike Lupica's books about kids who play sports. They make me feel the camaraderie of a really good sports team without actually making me join one!
Brian Kirkham
I really like the book and how much love for the game will has and desire to play the game of football. He sacrifices a lot play even when there looks like there is no support he is determined to find a way.
Brogan Bennett
Apr 15, 2016 Brogan Bennett rated it it was amazing
This story is about a kid in a collapsed town who loves football and is trying to get 11 kids to join the team in order for them to have a team. He is struggling with past failures and just wants to win.
David Alexander
Aug 01, 2016 David Alexander rated it really liked it
Real good story, very inspirational.
Jan 15, 2013 Josiah rated it liked it
"My dad says that one of the best things about sports is when it makes us feel as if we're all in something together."

—Will Tyler, The Underdogs, P. 255

You can count me as a believer in what Mike Lupica is trying to do as an author. It's easy for aims and goals in the creation of literature to fragment in a million little directions, all slightly varied from one other, each intended solely to please a particular small demographic of readers. For most kids' sports books and most writers of spo
Danny Shirilla
Apr 01, 2012 Danny Shirilla rated it it was amazing
The Underdogs
Author: Mike Lupica
Publication Date: 2011
Genre: Realistic Fiction
The main character of this story is a twelve-year old boy named Will Tyler and he loves football. The setting of this book is mainly in a little town in Pennsylvania called Forbes. This story is about football so it obviously takes place during football season otherwise known as October and November during this current decade. Will Tyler is a boy who has a great love for football and led his team to the league champio
Mar 24, 2017 Christian rated it it was ok
The Underdogs by Mike Lupica Review

It is about a boy called Will which he lived in a town called Forbes which had a huge rivalry with castle rock. Their school’s football team got shut down, so now Will has to save the team, and they pass through a very rough season until the game versus their rivals castle rock. Even if this is a book which sounds interesting, I think I give it a mediocre overall because it was not an excellent book in my opinion.
The theme of The Underdogs was sometimes confusi
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