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Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent
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Nov 15, 10

12 Mighty Orphans
Touchdown! Hardy Brown. You heard that a lot in the 1940s. Hardy played for one of the best Texas high school teams in his time. When I read this book it was by far one of the best books I have ever read.

The setting of the book was in Fort Worth, Texas. The plot of the book is a small school with a twelve man roster trying to win it all in the Texas A and AA conferences. They start out as nothing. They had no shoes, no helmets, no matching jerseys, and last no football. Next thing you know there the top story every week.

In the story there are many famous people. One person is Hardy Brown; he played pro football as a mlb for the Washington redskins. Another is legendary coach Rusty Russell. He coached the mighty mites for fifteen years, and then later on he coached TCU for many years. Also Dewitt Coutler. Coutler played as an offensive and defensive lineman for many years in the NFL.

The school they attended was an orphanage for kids with both of there parents dead. No more than 150 kids attended. The were very poor. They did not have many things. But the kids had pride like they had everything.

In conclusion this was a very well written book. This is a true story about kids who played on a football team with nothing, but went for everything. I would recommend people to read this book.

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Stephanie Enjoyed your review of Twelve Mighty Orphans. On my blog this week, Jim Dent talks about turning his books into movies and gives away his August release, Courage Beyond the Game: The Story of Freddie Steinmark.
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