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The Walk On (The Triple Threat #1)

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein kicks off a new series for middle grade featuring Alex Myers, a student athlete who tries to take on the sports establishment in his new town.
Alex Myers is a triple-threat athlete--great at football, basketball, and baseball. But he'll have to fight for a spot on the varsity team.
Alex is a quarterback, but from the first day of f
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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When I was young, a long time ago, and just learning the joys of reading, sports books were an important part of my life. A lot of fiction and biographies for the young reader(mostly baseball legends if I remember correctly).

THE WALK ON looked like a good chance to get back some of those early feelings.

Alex Myers is a freshman in a Philadelphia school. His parents had separated and mom wanted to move closer to family. Alex is a quarterback with a strong arm and tries out for the high school team
Tyler Greer
The book "Walk On" is about a kid named Alex. He is a freshman who just moved to Philadelphia from Boston because of his parents divorce. Alex is a smart kid and that really helps him be good at sports. As soon as Alex gets to Philadelphia the first thing he does is try out for the football team. But there is one problem, the coaches son plays quarterback and so does Alex. Matt, the quarterback is way bigger then Alex and can run but can't throw very
well. The first day of practice the coaches a
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Trenton Dianovich
'The Walk On' by John Feinstein explains the struggle of a high school boy trying to start as quarterback on the varsity football team. Alex Myers is a very good football player. In his case he just moved into town and the starting quarterback happens to be the coaches son. Alex knows that it will be tough to take the starting job away from the coaches son. In order for him to get the starting job that he certainly deserves he will have to impress the coach.

I loved this book and can not wait fo
I read the book The Walk On by John Feinstein. I have always been a fan of John Feinstein’s writing which is mystery/sports genre. This book is one of my favorites though. It is about this boy Alex Myers and incoming freshman who is stellar athlete and plays quarterback. But he is no ordinary freshman quarterback he has a phenomenal arm an arm no one can beat. But when he gets to tryouts he learns that he won’t have a chance at starting varsity quarterback because of current quarterback Matt Gor ...more
Eileen Granfors
love an author with the patience and control to write for middle grades, especially middle grade boys. THE WALK ON, first in a sports trilogy by John Feinstein, should make readers out of youngsters who have scoffed at books and turned to their video games.

Feinstein sets up his hero in a new school, a situation common to so many kids. Add another conflict: Alex wants to be a quarterback, but finds himself playing behind the coach's son. That's definitely a no-win situation. An injury to his nem
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Ms. Yingling
Feinstein, John. The Walk On (Triple Threat #1)
September 9th 2014 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young

Alex Myers moves to a new town because his parents are divorcing, and finds, to his dismay, that the football position he plays, and is good at, is taken by the coach’s son. He’s not alone—there are other players who are not going to be able to play quarterback not so much because of Matt Gordon (who has some weakness in his throwing abilities) but because of Coach Gordon. No one doubts Coach’s re
Alex "Goldie" Myers - quarterback

THE WALK ON is the first book in a trilogy about Alex Myers, triple threat, meaning that he is an outstanding athlete in three sports - football, basketball and baseball. This first book is about the football skills he brings to Chester Heights High School.

He and his mom and sister move to Philadelphia from Boston after his parents go through a divorce. So even though probably 90% of the book is focused on football, the remaining portion does focus on family issu
Mac S.
I thought it was a great overall book, but nothing I will talk about for a while and always remember. The book had a good combination of mystery, football, and just life in general. It was never confusing and it was never predictable about what was going to happen next. This was one of the first books in a while that I just couldn't put down. It had me constantly wondering what would occur next. I think that this is a great book, but nothing that stands out a lot more than other books like it. I ...more
Emmachelle Tabscott
I have always loved sports books. I have read them since I was little. I started to write sports stories, but this is probably the best book I have read.
Alex Myers just moved. His teammates and friends call him Goldie because of his golden arm. He took a hard hit in 1 of his games. He doesn't play much, but when the starting QB gets hurt and the backup QB fakes getting hurt. Goldie gets put in. He got his team down the field. Then, Goldie gets aquzed of taking steroids. For more info, read the
When Alex Myers moves into town, his biggest goal is to earn a spot on the varsity football team. Even though he is a freshman, he knows he has what it takes to be the starting quarterback. What Alex couldn't have anticipated was that the position was already taken - by the coach's own son. While Alex proves himself on the practice field, earning the nickname "Goldie" from his teammates for his 50-yard throws, it seems like he'll never get any playing time during a game. All that changes when th ...more
Sharon Lawler
his book begins with freshman Alex Myers, a new transplant to Chester Heights, Pennsylvania, at varsity football tryouts where he meets fellow newbie, Jonas Ellington. Unbelievably, both are superior to the upperclassmen in their positions, quarterback for Alex and wideout for Jonas. Dictated by the quest for another State Championship, and the subsequent scholarship offers for upperclassmen, high school football politics kick in, and Alex finds himself playing backup behind two lesser quarterba ...more
I read this book by John Feinstein, and I really enjoyed the plot of the book. There were many twists within the story that I would not have predicted. The main character, Alex, faces multiple controversies within each chapter. Some on his team, some in his personal life, and even problems with his family. The story of him fitting in as a new student and player is one that I think many people will want to read about. The ending of the book is controversial, but also very exciting.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Alex is a completely likable character struggling with starting high school after a move and dealing with his parents' divorce. His move into Chester Heights threatens the position of the starting QB, Matt, who also happens to be the coach's son. Lots of football details that I won't pretend to have completely understood that will draw in my sports kids, but more than that, this is a great story.
Jack Berrien
The Walk On is about a boy named Alex Myers. He just moved and wants to play High School Football as a freshman. He tries out and makes Varsity. He thinks he has a good chance to start, until he finds out the QB is the coach's son. Alex is obviously the best QB on the team, and everyone knows it, but he won't get to play because the coach won't let him. What will the coach do to him? Will he ever play?
Aaron Brunswick
Alex Meyers is a new kid in school. Alex is a freshman football player and he plays quarterback. Alex made the varsity team, but found out it would be hard to get any playing time since he was third string, and the first string quarterback was the coach's son. Alex as been through some problems through the season, while trying to be the starting quarterback for the Chester Height Lions.
Lonna Pierce
Alex Myers has a golden arm and earns the nickname, "Goldie," even as a 3rd string,high school freshman quarterback.The current QB is the coach's son, however, and Alex doesn't get much play until injuries open up opportunities. Feinstein always gets the intersection between sports and the ever-present media coverage, revealing the moral dilemmas behind the decisions.
Football playoffs and 2015 BCS Bowl games were not going the way I had hoped so I looked through a stack of books to find something to read. I'm so glad I did! 5 stars for this YA novel! It's about high school, relationships and quarterback controversy. What's not to like? Can't wait to share this one with my students next week!!
The beginning of the book was incredibly detailed and as the book became more developed the detailed-ness of the book became less and less. Even though the book is 350 pages long, if they explained more of the football like the beginning it would have made it more interesting.

Everyone knows who did it.
I rated this book three stars because it was pretty unrealistic. The freshman quarterback was too good for his age. In the whole season he only made one mistake. Also, the ending leaves you hanging, and doesn't finish the book well.
I really enjoyed this book by one of my favorite sports writers. The first book in a trilogy and I am excited for the next one to be published. A little bit mystery and a lot sports this was a really fun book to read.
Shannon Kirk
This is a review from my 11 year old son who LOVED it and stayed up to midnight because he couldn't put it down. When is the next in the series coming out?
Vivek Patel
Alex Myers is a triple threat in all of the major sports in America. He is a quarterback in football, a point guard in basketball and a pitcher in baseball. When Alex moves to a new town he has to prove to the coaching staff that he is worthy of the starting position. But it is not as simple as you would think since the coaches don't like change. Even though everyone (even the current starting quarterback) thinks Alex should be the new quarterback. After some surprising test results come out you ...more
Good sports book. More appropriate for my 4th graders than some Tim Green books. Deals with steriods, honesty, etc.
Excellent pace, characters, plot--just a great all-around sports story that makes you want to cheer.
Tyler Nguyen
The book was great and liked how they put the cliffhanger at the end.
This was awesome!! This book shows real life
Alex should not be called goldie.
Gail Scott
Great book, good characters and plot.
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John Feinstein is one of the nation’s most successful and prolific sports authors who has written 24 books to date. His most recent work Are You Kidding Me? , written with Rocco Mediate, was released on May 18, 2009, and is presently on the shelf at bookstores everywhere. In addition, he is an award-winning columnist and regular contributor in both radio and television.

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