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Knights of the Hill Country

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  743 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
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, 233 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Jun 29, 2014 Cara rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 12, 2009 Ash rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 04, 2015 Valerie rated it really liked it
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
Mar 04, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it
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
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May 07, 2013 Lani H rated it really liked it
Plot Summary-
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
Nov 11, 2013 John rated it it was ok
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
Feb 17, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
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)
Oct 11, 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
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Yuliya Fedorchenko
Apr 29, 2016 Yuliya Fedorchenko rated it liked it
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Blake Milkowski
Mar 30, 2016 Blake Milkowski rated it really liked it
In Kennisaw, Oklahoma Friday night football is the biggest attention especially when you are going for a 5th straight undefeated season. Star linebacker Hampton Green really feels the stress of High school sports and the story illustrates the situations some student athletes go through. Hampton meets a smart girl that the stereotypical football players doesn’t go for. His good friend Blaine tries to hook him up with a popular girl but Hampton really isn’t sure what to do. He decides towards the ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Brian rated it liked it
I read this book because a few of my students were reading it. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to find that as an adult I think I got more out of it then its intended audience.
"Knights of the Hill Country" is an excellent young adult novel that shows the dangers of being led by the nose, assuming things about people, and of allowing yourself to be pigeon-holed into one group or stereotype. In short, every teenager (and adult) can relate to it.
The protagonist (Hampton) swears a little, a
Hanin Rakrouki
Nov 03, 2015 Hanin Rakrouki rated it it was amazing
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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'"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
Mar 02, 2015 Dominic rated it really liked it
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
Dec 15, 2014 Ashton rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 16, 2014 Ryan rated it really liked it
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
May 13, 2014 Carlos Ocegueda rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 25, 2014 Jeff Thiel rated it liked it
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
Apr 14, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
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
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
Nov 06, 2013 Kaio Menezes rated it it was ok
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
A 3Downey
Dec 11, 2015 A 3Downey rated it really liked it
Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp is a great book, in this book many conflicts happen to keep the reader entertained. Hampton is the main character who is a football player, his position is a linebacker. A great quote that shows what Hampton is about "everybody's somebody, everyone has there own story, we ain't on this earth to judge" this is showing how Hampton is a well mannered kid who cares about everyone.(45) Hampton shows many examples of him being nice and courteous by showing the ...more
Darren Zwicker
Mar 30, 2016 Darren Zwicker rated it really liked it
In Kennesaw, Oklahoma perfection is expected and anything else is a let down for the Kennesaw Knights. With star players and seniors Hampton Green and Blaine Keller leading the way the chance to match the great T. Roy Strong and his many perfect seasons in the 80’s seems achievable. But when life has other plans and things get rough Hamp and Blaine need to push through. Find out what happens when you read Knights of Hill Country.

Without the support of his mom or dad Hamp didn’t have to keep work
Mar 28, 2016 Jaylen rated it it was amazing
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Trevor McDonald
Sep 28, 2015 Trevor McDonald rated it really liked it
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
Ryland Davidson
Jan 14, 2016 Ryland Davidson rated it it was amazing
Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp is a great book about football. The genre of this book is fiction. It is fiction because it is a made up story about made up characters. The setting of this book is present day Oklahoma. The main characters are Hampton, Sara, Misty, Rachael, Blaine, Hampton's mom, and the Knights football team. This book follows Hampton as he becomes the star player of the Knights. He soon finds out that being a football player doesn't mean you have to do what is popular ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 06, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
The January slump almost killed this book for me, but I got back into it in February, and I'm glad I did.

Hampton Green (Hamp) is a star senior defensive player on his small town Oklahoma school's football team. His best friend Blaine is on offense and just like his father before him, he believes football is life. As the team tries to maintain their undefeated season, Hamp struggles with the effects his dad's departure left on his mother. Bouncing from guy to guy, she changes her interests to su
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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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