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Two-Minute Drill (Comeback Kids)

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#1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica pays tribute to the underdog in his Comeback Kids series for young middle-grade readers

Chris Conlan is the coolest kid in sixth grade–the golden-armed quarterback of the football team, and the boy all the others look up to. Scott Parry is the new kid, the boy with the huge brain, but with feet that trip over themselves daily. These
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 20th 2007 by Philomel Books
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May 05, 2015 Andy rated it it was amazing
I read the book, "Comeback Kids, Two-Minute Drill." I very much liked this book and wanted to keep reading it. I liked everything about this book and how he had to face many struggles through out this book. It is by far one of my favorite sports books that I have read. The way that this book started all the way to the end was very good.

This book started off when Scott went to a new school and was thinking about joining the football team. He decided that he wanted to join so he did. He was not v
Aaron Bearss
Apr 13, 2016 Aaron Bearss rated it it was amazing
Two minute drill by Mike Lupica was very good book and it is about a new kid who just moved into the area and they had their very own football field called Parry Field. Scott would go with his dog and throw footballs through a tire and then he would kick field goals. So when he joined the football team he never told his coach that he could kick because the coach hated kickers, but he will soon get his chance to shine in an unexpected time with the game on the line. I would recommend this book to ...more
ALEX!!!! Hulbert
May 20, 2015 ALEX!!!! Hulbert rated it really liked it

I read the book "Two-Minute Drill" by Mike Lupica. Mike Lupica used great details and made me feel like I was in Scott’s shoes. I enjoyed this book from start to finish. I liked everything about this book and how Scott had to face many struggles throughout the story.

This book started off when Scott went to a new school and was thinking about joining the football team. Chris Conlan, the best football player in the school, convinced Scott to join the football team. He was not very good and never g
Cian Fischer
Oct 28, 2015 Cian Fischer rated it it was amazing

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Two-Minute Drill by Mike Lupica was an inspirational book for me. It refreshes the lesson to me which says being good at something won’t get you everywhere. It’s having passion in something, loving it, working hard at it, and just giving the best effort that counts. If the reader doesn’t have that attitude then then there is no point in trying to do something. If the reader does they won’t give up on their dreams just because other people aren't respectful or care about how goo
Joe Schalkowski
Jan 21, 2015 Joe Schalkowski rated it really liked it
I read the book "Two-Minute Drill" by Mike Lupica. This book kept me wanting to read. I enjoyed this book from start to finish. There was not a dull moment in the book where there was not something going on.

This book is about a young boy name Scott Parry. He is the new kid in town and is not very athletic at all. What he lacks in size and strength, he makes up for with his brain. He is by far the smartest kid in his class. He feels as if he will go through another year all alone when something
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This was a good book, because there was a lot of action. I like how Chris thinks he can not play football, and thinks he sucks at it. Instead he is actually really good at kicking, and nobody knew. Nobody ever knew, because he never really showed it, and was shy to.

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There is a kid named Scott that moved to a new town, and started getting bullied by a kid named Jimmy. He took Scott's picture of his dog and would not
Vidal Ovando
Nov 08, 2015 Vidal Ovando rated it liked it
Dec 10, 2010 Lukas rated it it was amazing

Well there is this kid named John. He has a foot ball field in his back yard and he loves kicking field goals. Then he meets a friend named Chris. then they try out for a football team .they make it they go undefeated then they reach the championship .then they have fourth down at the end o the game they have to kick it and john nails it .

I think the book was good book because it had good point. Because it’s about a kid who gets bullied. Then he did a tryout and for a team and makes it. But the
Joshua Stevenson
Dec 13, 2012 Joshua Stevenson rated it it was amazing
Two-Minute Drill was a good book. In the book a boy named Scott loved football, he wasn’t good at it; Scott was smart when it comes to school. Another boy named Chris that played football was really good, but had dyslexia. There was also a bully named Jimmy Dolan that didn’t like Scott. During the book Scott had to help Chris with school, so Chris can still play football. Then Chris would help Scott with football. The only confusing part about the book is the words they used like straight-arm f ...more
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Future Books to read: The Tiger’s Rising, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,The 39 clues, The Toilet Paper Tigers, Million-Dollar Throw, Comebacks Kids, Mockingjay, Catching Fire, Chomp, The List. And right now I am finishing comeback kid’s

My current book: The book that I am reading right now is called Comeback kids and the author is Mike Lupica.
Recommendation for book: A good friend told me about the author and how all of his books
Bennett Allen
Sep 03, 2015 Bennett Allen rated it really liked it
Two-Minute Drill by Mike Lupica was a great book. It was about a kid named Scott who was the underdog. It taught me that you can overcome adversity even though being cerebral is not a handicap. It was cool to think about sports from a different point of view than most books about the best player on the team. I thought that like most Mike Lupica books, it was great.

Two-minute Drill is about a kid named Scott who just moved to a new town and is too smart for his own good. Everyone picks on him an
Kai Carlberg
Mar 01, 2015 Kai Carlberg rated it really liked it
Mike Lupica wrote the "Two-Minute Drill" to entertain and relate to the reader. This book is about a boy named Scott. He moves to a new school and gets bullied a lot. He doesn't make any friends till this one day that the town football player Chris get a picture of Scotts dog away from the bully. He becomes good friends with Scott and those two become really good friends but they each have a secret to tell each other. Scott is a really good kicker and is afraid of telling Chris while on Chris's ...more
Sergio Garcia
Jan 29, 2015 Sergio Garcia rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered what is feels like to have no friends when your new? If you do then you should read this book. This book is a realistic fiction. I think this is a really good book.
Scott wanted to have friends but no body wanted to be his friend because he was really smart and they called him the brain. So when his bully opened his backpack and then a guy named Chris helped him and was his only friend. Then Chris and Scoot joined the football team and Scott made the punt to help his team
Alek Severkovski
Sep 09, 2014 Alek Severkovski rated it it was amazing
Two Minute Drill by Mike Lupica in my opinion was a fantastic book. Scott a boy who just moved, he loves football more than anything but when he moves to his new school he has no friends. Jimmy Dolan a bully also a football fanatic is mean to Scott untill one day the QB for the school team Chris comes up and stands up for him. Scott and Chris become very good friends and Chris tells Scott he is pretty good and should tryout for the team, but Scott doesn't have the self-confidence in himself to. ...more
Adin Omerovic
Mar 11, 2014 Adin Omerovic rated it really liked it
Getting bullied at school, eating alone during lunch, and having no friends to hang out with was the daily life of Scott Parry. All he had was his football field in his backyard and a passion for kicking field goals.

After a couple of months of having no friends and being bullied everyday, Scott finally meets a new friend. Chris Colan, a jock unlike Scott, was being bullied one day over a picture of his dog. After Chris gets his picture back, Scott and Chris automatically become friends. A comm
Matt S
Dec 11, 2015 Matt S rated it really liked it
Mike Lupica’s Two-Minute Drill(Comeback Kids Series) is a book that not only interests the reader but can relate to the reader. Football as we know, is “America’s Game” and is played by many young people today. Two-Minute Drill is about a adolescent boy in sixth grade who is the smartest guy in 6th grade but the least athletic. This crazy smart boy is Scott, the new kid who just moved to Bloomfield South who has no friends and is constantly bullied, finally makes a friend in Chris Conlan. Chris ...more
Kihun(Jess) Song
Oct 14, 2015 Kihun(Jess) Song rated it really liked it
The summary of book is 6th grade Scott, who is the smartest guy want to be an athlete and becoming successful. He wasn't really good football player. He met Chris who was the QB for the town team and became a best friend. Chris and Scott only revealed their secrets. Scott finally gets into the team but not really playing well and finally hurt Jimmy who was son of the coach. In the last game, their team and opponents were struggling because of the hard-going game. Scott's team had an opportunity ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Blake added it

"Two-Minute Drill" by Mike Lupica is another great sports inspired book. I know all of these books about sports are great stories and some can be inspirational. I loved this book and could relate to some parts of the book.

This book is about a young boy name Scott Parry. He is the new kid in town and is not very athletic at all. For not being very athletic, though, he is a very smart kid. He is most likely the smartest kid around. He feels as if he is a nobody and nobody notices him until a pop
Nov 07, 2015 Josiah rated it it was ok
How does Mike Lupica do it? How does he create heartachingly endearing, believably flawed characters every time he writes a new novel, kid protagonists one can't help but love by the last page? Mike Lupica isn't just "money" when it comes to writing wonderful young characters: he's "cash money", to borrow a line from Scott Parry's father in Two-Minute Drill. Whether they're sports stories for older kids such as Heat, The Big Field, and The Underdogs, or elementary schoolers like the Comeback Ki ...more
Andy Bork
Mar 14, 2014 Andy Bork rated it really liked it
I thought “The Comeback Kids: Two Minute Drill” was a great book about a kid who had just moved to a new town and made a friend. Scott Parry a sixth grader had just moved to a new town and didn't have any friends. He was the smartest person in class and answered all of the questions. Before getting on the buses one day he was being bullied by Jimmy Donlan one of the best kids on the football team. After Jimmy dumped out all of Scott's books out of his backpack Jimmy found a picture of Scott’s do ...more
Tyler Reid
Sep 03, 2015 Tyler Reid rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like sports
Recommended to Tyler by: Myself
For Scott Parry, football doesn't come easy but he is definitely not afraid...

In the book Two-Minute Drill by Mike Lupica, Chris Conlan is the coolest kid in the school as well as on the football team. When the new kid, Scott Parry comes to school he has no friends. One day Jimmy, the meanest kid on the football team dumps out Scott's backpack and a picture of Scott's dog falls out. Jimmy grabs it and starts teasing Scott, but then Chris Conlan stands up for Scott. That started the friendship o
Zach Howe
Jan 08, 2015 Zach Howe rated it really liked it
Two Minute Drill by Mike Lupica, Realistic Fiction, # of pages 180

Characters- Scott Parry- smaller then the other kids on the football team, black hair, very smart in school, likes football through out the book, is Chris’s tutor. Chris- Is the quarterback for the team, he can’t read that well, tallish, brown hair.Jimmy- a tall, big kid, a bully, brown hair, plays football. Setting- Parry field, in the woods, by a lake, a fifty yard field. theme- Is to always believe in yourself and other people.
Matt Firuta
Mar 23, 2011 Matt Firuta rated it really liked it
I loved this book it is all about football. It is all about a boy named scott and scott is an extrely smart. He joins the football team and everyone is amazed that this "nerd" is on the team, but they dont know about scotts speed. The star quarterback is nice to scott and he also has a hidden secrate. This secrate could get him taken off the team. You have to read the book to find out.
Jan 04, 2016 Curtis rated it it was amazing
Very easy, interesting, and entertaining book to read. This is my favorite Mike Lupica book by far. He's an excellent author that, in my opinion, writes the greatest sport related books. In this one he really appeals to the not-so-popular football players, something that I can relate to. That's another reason why this is my favorite. The story is about a small kid named Scott Parry who has been bullied for a long time who is one day stood up for by the football team's star quarterback Chris Conl ...more
Apr 08, 2010 Nick rated it it was amazing
I can really relate to scott in this book I am new at foot ball but i have not gone in yet. The book was good scott had a hidden talent that he could kick and in the end the QB gets injured and they kick a feild goal and win the championship.
I really liked the book and think that i will check out more books by this author
Garron Thom
Nov 19, 2014 Garron Thom rated it it was amazing
This book is called Two-Minute Drill by: Mike Lupica. Two-Minute Drill. This book's genre is a story because it has made up characters in it.
Summary- On the field nobody would believe that the new kid, the typical brainy clumsy kid, joined the football. But that's just what Scott Parry did. The star quarterback Chris Conlan knows Scott's secret talent. Chris has a secret of his own but if he tells anyone he would get kicked off the football team. Can these two friends prove that the will to suc
Chase S.
Summary- There is a new kid in town named Scott. He has no friends right now. So a kid is bulling him named Jimmy Dolan. The quarterback of the school football team named Chris told him to stop. So jimmy stopped. Chris helped Scott up. Then to days later Scott invites Chris over. Scott showed Chris around. Then Scott showed Chris his backyard it was a football field. Chris loved it. In the next couple days Scott and Chris try out for the football team. Then Chris can’t read and is failing in sch ...more
Ryan Smith
Jan 04, 2015 Ryan Smith rated it really liked it
I liked how there was lots of action in the book, especially when they were playing football. There were some secrets in some parts of the book - like when Scott was really good at - whoops, you should read the book yourself!
Dylan Radigan
Oct 29, 2014 Dylan Radigan rated it it was amazing
This book Two Minute Drill is a great book by Mike Lupica. It great book about a kid named Scott on how he is only good at school and not football. Then there is a kid named Chris who is the coolest kid in school and he is the best at football.But he is not the best at school. This book is great for on how to stick up for a friend. Like when Scott gets pushed by a jerk and Chris comes in and sticks up for him. This book is a novel because it is a long story and representing character and action. ...more
Cole Finlinson
Sep 15, 2015 Cole Finlinson rated it it was ok
The Two-Minute Drill (Comeback Kids) by Mike Lupica was just ok.

The story was about an odd friendship between the star quarterback Chris and Scott who wasn't very good at football.

I picked this book because I love sports and football. I was dissapointed though because it didn't talk about football enough and talked more about the friendship of Scott and Chris. I also thought it was slow and boring reading.

I did like how Scott even though he didn't get to play and often wanted to quit he never ga
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