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Knights of the Hill Country

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  828 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
Welcome to Kennisaw—where Friday night high school football ranks right up there with God and country. This year, the Kennisaw Knights are going for their fifth straight undefeated season, and if they succeed, they'll be legends.

 But the Knights' legacy is a heavyweight to carry for Hampton, linebacker and star of the team. On the field, he's so in control you'd think he w
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Ember (first published August 22nd 2006)
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Feb 13, 2009 Cara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
This one is going to be a hard one to review because I don't think I can do it justice. There is nothing extraordinary about the book but that is what makes it so great. It is a story about growing up and you do it along with our football hero Hampton. You can't not love him. I mean you can only wish there are guys out there like him.

The relationship he has with his best friend Blaine did give me a lot of insight of why guys do stupid things, even though it may still be wrong at least now it mak
Asghar Abbas
Mar 14, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Now honestly tell me, what would this August be without a Tharp novel? Even if this is not that August? I really had a good time with one of his books back in Aug of 2014. With the rain, words, new music, mermaids, Chiara Bautista, and a girl whose name still is Moon. Good times. Sadly, Aurora wasn't there yet, she wasn't a part of that greenness. But the following year, August of 2015, was all about her, even if it wasn't. Spume from the Sea.

Anyway, those who haven’t discovered Tim Tharp yet,
Jan 18, 2009 Ash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually don't like reading books with boys being the main characters because, let's be honest, in almost every book I've read where the main character is male there's always mention of boobs and sex. Quite frankly this annoys me, and I find it totally unnecessary. The main character is obviously still a boy but I found that his thoughts on these things were much less frequent and less perverted than in other books that I've read. That's besides the point though. I'm not really a football perso ...more
I think this is a really good book. It seems honest and real. All the characters are developed well and Hampton (main character)seems so genuine. Of course, with having a real male character I found out things that I didn't really want to know. Like how horny teenage guys might look at girls but it wasn't too bad, it was mostly just annoying.

Hampton has problems and a lot of them. Family problems (his mom ignores him), girl problems (he likes a girl who is not the football-player's-girlfriend t
Noah Rucks
Nov 27, 2016 Noah Rucks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response:
I read the book Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp. I thought this book was very good, because I could relate my personal decisions to the main character's action. I also felt like I was in his footsteps. I would rate this book four out of five stars, because it left some questions unanswered.

In the book Knights of the Hill Country, Hampton and Blaine were best friends that played football together. The Kennisaw knights were going on their fifth undefeated season. T
Oct 31, 2016 BRANDON SCHEER rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a great book. It is mainly about a star linebacker from a legendary high school team. They are trying to set the record for five undefeated seasons. Along with the best linebacker in the area, Hampton, and a very good running back, Blaine, they had many other athletes. I feel like this book relates to me, because I am very passionate about football and winning and so is this team.

This story takes place just a few years ago in Kennisaw, Oklahoma. The mai
Oct 26, 2016 CHRIS YOUNG rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response
I, personally, loved this book because I could relate to it so much. I felt like I lived it. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars because of how much I related to it.

Hampton and Blaine had been friends ever since they were little when Hampton moved to Kennisaw, because his dad left his mom and his mom needed a job. Blaine became very good friends with Hampton so they hung out very often. Blaine's dad looked out for Hampton because he knew his mom didn't as much. They grew
Hunter M
Oct 10, 2016 Hunter M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response:
I thought this was a great book because of the football and the lessons learned. It made me think about my own life and help me with decisions that I would possibly have to make. I can relate to Hampton because of the tough decisions he has to make for the right reasons. This book did end though very abrupt and it left many questions unanswered. I really hope for a sequel to this story.

The book’s main characters, Blaine Keller and Hampton Green, have been long time best fr
Dec 23, 2016 Teagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The book Knights of the Hill Country was very good. The cliques and rivalries between two high schools were defined in this story. The struggle that Hampton had to face between going with the flow or creating his own direction could relatable to anyone. The relationship between Blaine and Hampton definitely grew and changed as the reader got deeper into the story. The character, Sara, was admirable for her outlook on life, which was heavily impacted by her father’s accident.

Lani H
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Knights of the Hill Country is a suspensful book about a star football player, Hampton, stopping time. Well, he couldn't actually stop time, but when he was on the field, it seemed as if he could. He would freeze everything that was going on in his mind like a picture. He used this method to win games for his team. He would look at all the players on the opposing team and see what they were doing. He would look at the quarterback and see who he was going to pass the football to and
Luke Sands
Sep 02, 2016 Luke Sands rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Quentin Borremans

Personal Response: I really enjoyed reading this. I felt that I was really close to Hampton Green. I felt that I could have been Hampton and certain points in the book. We both are very awkward. Being awkward is what gets Hampton into some of the troubles that he has, and I feel that goes for the same as me.

Plot: Hampton was totally different on the football field than he was in the real world. He was very good at linebacker and was offered a scholarship to a big time college. His best friend, B
Peter S
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Cristian G
Nov 21, 2016 Cristian G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a story of Hampton Green and Blaine Keller. Two high school football players from Kennisaw, a town in the Oklahoma Hill Country. Its also a story that centers on the game of high school football and the friendship between these young men. It was Blaine that first got Hampton interested in playing football, his family took Hampton in when troubles at home got too intense, and these boyhood friends have been inseperable all the while they were growing up. But now Blaine seems to be changin ...more
Feb 17, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-reads
I read this story over the weekend, and I found it to be really good--very Friday Night Lights (and I LOVE Friday Night Lights). Hampton Green, the afore-mentioned star linebacker is a likeable character (if you can get around his bad grammar and southern dialect and affinity for idioms like "He doesn't give a day-old donut" and "Boy Howdy!")

Also, the girls in Hampton's life (the not-so-cut-out-to-be-a-football-player's-girlfriend Sara, and the way-too-typical-football-player's-girlfriend Misty)
Nov 07, 2013 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I think Knights of the Hill Country By Tim Tharp is a 5 out of 10. This book was decent but didn’t really have a story line. I felt like the story was just being dragged on throughout the novel and nothing was really going on. The characters however were very relatable in that they play football and are in highschool just like me. The plot was hard to identify because like I said before there was no real storyline. The author just goes through the main character Hampton’s life in high s ...more
Sep 18, 2010 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hampton is at a crossroads the start of his senior year: as his high school football career takes off, and his romantic and family life both take turns for the better, his longtime, charismatic best friend Blaine is on a downward trajectory. Used to existing in Blaine's shadow, Hampton begins to question some of the beliefs and behaviors he has tolerated. Hampton is the kind of main character readers root for, an honest, socially awkward young man who cares about his friends and family. Never a ...more
i choose this book because on the cover therre is a picture of a football player, and later on in the book i find out he is a lineback like me but the problems he has off the feild is completly diffrent from mine. his father left him and his crush is the smart girl that a jock like him isnt supposed to associate himself with. other than the subject of football i thouight this book wasnt that great. i dont really recomend this book to people unless they want a book about a teen and his truobles o ...more
Kaio Menezes
Not a very exciting book. Its not really a sports story which was what I was looking forward too. Theres not really a major conflict in the book its just really how him and his best friend fight. Its also hard to understand sometimes because they speak in a southern way so sometimes i didnt get what they were saying
Cole Hudziak
Jan 09, 2017 Cole Hudziak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“Knights of the Hill Country”

Personal Response: I read the book titled Knights of the Hill Country. I thought it was a really good book. I like to read about sports, and this book happened to be about my favorite sport.

Plot: This book was about a high school football team in a small Oklahoma town. Their team name was the Kennisaw Knights. There was this linebacker who was the captain of the defense team. His name was Hampton, and he was one of the stars on the team. Hampton was not only the cap
Richie Partington
19 October 2006 KNIGHTS OF THE HILL COUNTRY by Tim Tharp, Knopf, August 2006, ISBN: 0-375-83653-5; Libr. ISBN: 0-375-93653-X

What is this world coming to? Two football stories worth my talking about in the same year? What is next -- me out there barbecuing tofu at a tailgate party?

"Taking up my middle linebacker spot, I knew Wynette had to pass. The smart play would be to shoot a short one out to the sideline, get out of bounds, maybe move the chains, but something told me that old camel-faced Ti
Dakota Trowbridge
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Dakota Trowbridge
The Knights of Hill Country by Tim Tharp

The Knights only have one chance to win 5 consecutive undefeated seasons. Ever since T-Roy Strong, no school in the hills of Oklahoma had completed this feat. T-Roy Strong graduated from Kennisaw and went on to become a Super Bowl winning quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

I think Hampton is allowed to like anyone he wants and shouldn’t be influenced by Blaine. I believe that blaine is very cocky and needs to take it down a fe
Nick Bucci
Jan 20, 2017 Nick Bucci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 05, 2012 Brie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

Have you seen the United States of YA list? It’s a map with a book representing each state, and Knights of the Hill Country was Oklahoma. I liked what I saw, so I decided to read it. I enjoyed it, although it’s far from a perfect book.

The story is very simple: Hampton lives and breathes football. Everyone, including himself, thinks that being a football player is all there is to him. No one bothers to see the boy behind the talent because he wins gam
Kassian Prior
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about a WWI veteran, Nick Caraway who moves to New York in search for work as a sales bondsman. He moves into a small lake house in the town of West Egg. His neighbor, who he knows none about, throws extravagant parties each weekend. Over time, upon his neighbors noticing of Nick, he personally invites him to one of his parties where they meet and Jay Gatsby more formally introduces himself. He tells a tale of a woman named Daisy Fay, who just so happe ...more
Yuliya Fedorchenko
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Oct 11, 2016 Dylen kicherer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response
The book Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp is an amazing book. I love this book, because it shows how the average high school student can be stressed over a lot of things, even though it looks like they are fine. This book opened my eyes to a lot of new things.
Hampton is a senior in high school. He is the starting linebacker for the football team. He has trouble with getting his point across and doesn't know what to say at certain times. Blaine is Hampton'
Apr 12, 2011 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 5-star
So different than all of the vampire/angel/werewolf books or the spoiled brat city kid dramas out there. I really enjoyed this book.

Hampton Green is the star of his high school football team. Not that Hampton feels like a star or even believes he deserves to be a star. Sure, he's a fantastic linebacker who has garnered the attention of college football scouts. But it's Hampton's best friend, Blaine, who is the real star. Until Blaine injured his knee during a game, he'd been the one everyone ha
Apr 04, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
What a great book for sports-minded junior high age boys! I'll be book talking this one in the future!

Ever since Hampton's dad walked out on him and his mom when he was 8 and they moved to Kennisaw, OK just to get away from the bad memories, Hampton has been best friends with Blaine. In fact, some might even say that Hampton and Blaine are more like brothers than best friends. It is Blaine's dad who takes Hampton in under his wing and introduces him to football. Now, as seniors, Blaine and Hampt
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Tim Tharp lives in Oklahoma where he writes novels and teaches in the Humanities Department at Rose State College. In addition to earning a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and an M.F.A. from Brown University, Tim Tharp has been a factory hand, construction laborer, psychiatric aid, long-distance hitchhiker, and record store clerk. His first novel, Falling Dark (Milkweed Press), was awarded th ...more
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