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Knights of the Hill Country

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In a small Oklahoma town, one star linebacker must decide what kind of man he wants to be--both on and off the field.
Welcome to Kennisaw--where Friday night high school football ranks right up there with God and country, and sometimes even comes in first. This year, the Kennisaw Knights are going for their fifth straight undefeated season, and if they succeed, they'll be m
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
Hanin Rakrouki
Knights of the Hill Country

"Every game this season, the pressure weighed down more and more. it was carrying around a sack of full rocks, only every time you got thinking you could lay it down, someone would throw another sack full of bigger rocks up on top of you. If we could keep it going they would be Kennisaw's fifth undefeated season in a row. For thirty years, no knight’s team had strung together that many wins, and them old- time players from back then was still heroes around the hill co

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3.5 Stars

'"I've heard that when you come home after being away at college, your hometown is supposed to look smaller. Do you think that's true?"
I nodded. "It already does."'

From the moment I watched Friday Night Lights, the TV show, I have been absolutely obsessed with American Football. So when I saw this book on Amazon and I saw that it was written by Tim Tharp, who I have been wanting to read for a while now, I couldn't buy i
Knights Of The Hill Country
My overall opinion of this book is that it was a good book its very interesting mainly cause im a sports player and he happens to play the same sport as me it also gave me another perspective of another football player just different circumstances and a smaller town.

The lenses it showed was Gender because because it was a book of mainly males and Guys being guys. Another lens it showed was Class because threw out the book he had to deal with his class because he wasnt
This book is a good book for those that play football and have dreams of playing ball in college. Even though this book is fiction young football players or even none football players can make a connection to this book. People that understand football and or play the game wants to be the star on the team, be in the newspaper, and play under the big lights. This book Knights of the Hill Country takes you into the life of Hampton Greene. It's the classic story of a kid with nothing then is introdu ...more
In a small Oklahoma town where Friday night lights is like Christmas, the only thing that matters to the Kennisaw Knights is keeping the record of 5 straight undefeated seasons. Hampton Green Kennisaw’s star linebacker is hit with hurdles to see what kind of man he really is. When on the field, Hampton has the game in his hands, there is nothing that can stop him, but off the field he isn’t in control of anything. He is stuck dealing with his mother going from boyfriend to boyfriend ever since h ...more
Carlos Ocegueda
I found this book on the library shelf when I was looking for high school football books. The book takes place in a town in Oklahoma. Most of the story takes place in the town at school and at home. And other towns on football fields. Well one of the conflicts is that he is talking to this girl and going out on dates as friends but he really likes this other girl. And also he is trying to help is team win their fifth undefeated season, the most in school history. The main character is Hampton. H ...more
Jeff Thiel
Knights of the Hill Country started slow, but finished fast. Hampton Green is a high school football player in the hill country of Oklahoma. Playing for the Kennisaw Knights has been the pride and joy of his life, especially considering the crummy life he's had outside of football. His friends are stereotypical meatheads who live and die by Friday nights; luckily for them the last 4 years of Fridays have been victorious and they'll try to match history this season going 5 straight seasons undefe ...more
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
Sandy Safford
Football is king in the hill country of Kennisaw, Oklahoma. Hampton Green and his buddy Blaine Keller have the chance to make history. They are so close to an undefeated season they can smell it. If they managed to win a few more games, they will become legends forever in Kennisaw as they would lead their team to the fifth straight undefeated season in a row.
But Hampton Green has more than just football on his mind. Since his dad ran off, his mom has had a new boyfriend ever week. Girls are plai
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
Trevor McDonald
I would rate this a above average.
1st strongest reason is that they say the ball is set on the 44 yard line and the center snaps the ball all the linemen bust of the ball and push the defensive line back and the back hit linebackers and the qb does a sneak and they got a touchdown.
2nd strongest reason is that it was entertaining because when they would say that Hampton was blitzing through the a gap and the goes the qb to the ground sack for Hampton and the crowd goes Hampton, hampton, Hampton
In the book Knights of the Hill Country written by Tim Tharp, there is a teenage boy named Hampton, who starts off as one of the best, most clutch linebackers in Oklahoma, but unlike most other similar stories, is not a very social individual. On the other hand there was Hampton’s best friend Blaine, who was very social, always trying to match Hampton up with other girls, and he used to be one of the top running backs in Oklahoma until he injured his knee his junior year. Blaine used to get all ...more
A small, football-mad Oklahoma town (think Friday Night Lights with a dash more Toby Keith) is the backdrop for this engaging read about a young man battling self-doubt, navigating a changing and dangerous friendship, and learning to take responsibility for his future. Hampton Green learns to believe in his own judgment and moral compass, but what stood out most to me is his acknowledgement of his own limitations and determination to become at peace with himself despite them. Pretty deep stuff, ...more
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As linebacker for the Kennisaw Knights, Hampton Green shines on the football field, but despite his star status Hemp’s life off the field feels out of his control. His best friend Blaine struggles when Hamp’s achievements begin to overshadow his own. On and off the field, Blaine expects loyalty from Hamp. When Blaine’s demands go beyond what Hamp believes are right, will Hamp confront Blaine? Far beyond a book about football, the voices in Tharp’s first novel for young adults truly capture the p ...more
Donna Burtwistle-Popplewell
LOVED this novel! Yes, it features awesome high school football game narration in small town America, and yes, it reminded me of Friday Night Lights. Hampton Green is a linebacker who has some serious skills, but so does the rest of his team, who represents a winning school in Oklahoma. Undefeated for five seasons, the Knights have a HUGE reputation to uphold. Hamp's best friend, Blaine, is not only his teammate, but as close as a brother and someone who thrives on their elite position in their ...more
Knights of the Hill Country was a book that included suspense comedy and action. Even though I am not a big fan of football myself I feel like the author did really well of building character emotion and making the reader feel a sense of personal connection to each character, in a different way. More so, the author uses a very interesting story line which allows him too swerve the story in anyway he wants. This also allowed him to implement a suspenseful and thrilling ending. Overall I would say ...more
This was so footballish and redneckish that I am somewhat surprised I finished it. Besides the annoying Oklahoma dialect (I done it, hisself, boy howdy) the writing was decent. I didn't realize Tim Tharp wrote The Spectacular Now, which I have been wanting to read. This book just was not for me; I am not a sports person.
Hampton Green is a 6'4" tailback(?) who is so good at football he can "freeze" time and make amazing plays. I didn't get much out of the football games and amazing plays
Nicholas Kimble

This astounding book takes place in Kennesaw, Oklahoma where Religion comes 1st and football comes second, depending on who you ask. Star linebacker, Hampton has a hefty weight on his shoulder after he tries to carry the Knights to their 5th undefeated season in a row. Although living up to that kind of legacy on the field comes with enough pressure on its own, Hampton handles it with ease. Infact, Hampton’s so in control on the field that it seems like he’s able to stop time, but it’s a differe
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
This is a great football story, but even more, it is a story of how relationships grow and change. Hampton and Blaine are best friends, play football and hang out together. Hampton tells us the story about how his father leaves the family and shares with us the devestation that resulted. His mom sees many men as a result and he turns to Blaine's family for stability and encouragement.

Blaine is an outstanding football star suffering the consequences of injury. The lack of football scholarships c
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
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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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