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The Underdogs

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  3,047 ratings  ·  441 reviews
#1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica tackles football!

Will Tyler can fly on a football field. He may not be the biggest running back around, but no one can touch him when it comes to hitting the hole and finding the end zone. And no one can match his love of the game. When Will has a football in hand, he may as well be flying for real because life can't touch him - hi
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Philomel Books (first published September 6th 2011)
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Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, sports
No coach, no money for uniforms, not enough boys to play football. No problem. Will Tyler, the likeable hero of The Underdogs will find a way to solve the problems facing his team.

Mike Lupica, the New York Daily News columnist, has penned several sport books about kids in baseball and basketball. Typically the kids have to overcome obstacles on the field, but also off of the field. I grew up reading a lot of sports books for kids and have read other Lupica novels. They are high quality entertain
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it

I read the book The Underdogs written by Mike Lupica. The book is about a boy named Will who is trying to save his school’s football team. Will is the main character in this story. He is a kid that likes football and plays for his school. His dad is a secondary character. He loves football and he played sever since he was a kid. He hurt his knee which had happened during his last game in high school. His knee was so bad that he never played again. Ben Clark, Hannah, and Toby Keenan are other se
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Drew Seifert
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Cole Syring
This was a really good book to read about. One of the main reasons I wanted to read this book is because it had to deal with football. I like to read books that deal with football. I thought it was cool how they started the book with the main character running for a touchdown on a field by himself. Through out the book he would always act like it was just him on the field and nobody else. That was cool how he could picture that and score a touchdown almost every time. How he would be with friend ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was good.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think that this book was one of the best books i have ever read in my life! I highly recommend it to anyone who likes sports or likes Mike Lupica. SO GOOD!
about a football team with only 11 men who beat the odds and win the championship
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A 12-year-old halfback with a huge passion for football fights to keep his team on the field.
Will Tyler keeps reliving the final play of the previous year’s championship, when his team came so close before his fumble caused the loss to their rivals across the river. Unfortunately, budget cuts may keep the town from fielding his team this year. Like other manufacturing towns, Forbes, Pennsylvania has lost jobs and businesses that might sponsor a sports team. Will takes a chance, writes to a natio
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This Mike Lupica book, the Underdogs is about Will Tyler, who lives in a bankrupt town and plays football. When his more than 1/2 his team leaves Forbes to find another job opportunity, Will struggles to field enough players for a team.
I really enjoyed this book because it shows an important theme never to quit and to always believe you can reach the finish line. I loved the book because I'm a lacrosse player that is trying to field a team in China. While not everyone can relate as closely as I
Robert Stein
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Troy Butler
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good ending
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book about how when the odds are stacked against you like they were against the protagonist Will Tyler and his town of Forbes Pennsylvania you may still be able to achieve greatness with the help of others. Will Tyler had to go a long way to bring a football season to his team, starting by finding $10,000 to cover equipment. He tested his luck by emailing the owner of new balance athletic apparel seeing if the company would sponsor the team. The unlikely chance somehow worked in ...more
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Football Fans, Upper Elementary/Middle School Readers
Recommended to Catherine by: Tyler
Some of the best books I've read were recommended to me by students. Recently, a 5th grader who was working on a book trailer project for my class asked for help. The conversation went something like this:

5th Grade Boy: Mrs. Salcedo, what city does The Underdogs take place in?
Me: What?
5GB: You know, The Underdogs, what's the city?
Me: I don't know.
5GB: Yes, you do. You know the book about the boy with the football team. You know, the really good book.
Me: No. I've never read that.
5GB (looking at m
Dj Bynum
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1
This book is about a 12 year old runningback named Will Tyler that has the passion to play football and fight for his team. The Book the Underdogs is a great book for football lovers and a inspiration for people that dont believe in miracles.I liked this book because it tells people to never give up on your dream and that they also come true.This book is a great book for children, parents, teachers, and coaches because it tells people my age or even if an adult is struggling with a job or financ ...more
Darrion Lucas
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think this book is very interesting . I t made it better because I love sports . This book shows how if you got a dream follow it never give up and you can succeed . If you like sports this book is perfect for you and i recommend it SPOILER ALERT!!! They win the championship .
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4th-quarter, sports
I liked this book and I like the author. Mike Lupica has written a lot of sports books that I plan on reading. This was my first book from the author so plan on reading the others. Even though this book did not have an around the world adventure, it was about a small adventure that one boys team had. I do not know a lot about football and I like to learn, so I did like learning new things in this book.
The Underdogs is a story about boy and his team that love to play football but do nit have en
Tammi Peterman
This is an intermediate chapter book suited for grades 4-7. This is a great independent read-though it may be challenging, the content and play by play action will keep the student motivated to keep reading.

I selected this book because the students interest inventory indicated he enjoys playing football. The student also indicated that he enjoys adventure stories and while this is not a traditional adventure story the struggle Will Tyler experiences to fund and build a place to play and build a
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Personal Response:
I really liked this book, it relates to me because we have a small team at our school. I can also relate to this book because I have a love for football and the main character also has a love for football. This book shows the hardships that some people have to go through like getting people out for a sport or even trying to love a thing that you loved but got taken away from you.
Plot Summary:
Will Tyler is a boy from Forbes who can fly on the field. The thing is he might not ha
Joe Gerard
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
How would you like it if you came within a few yards of beating the football team you despise the most? Will Tyler didn't like it, and I'm pretty sure, if you were in his shoes, you wouldn't either. The Underdogs, by Mike Lupica is about how Will Tyler came within a few yards of beating his rival football team in the championship. Plus, his football team he played on wasn't able to play anymore, because the business that funded it, went out of business. After he hears the bad news, Will goes to ...more
Readers will feel the hardships of Will Tyler's football team, and his great passion for football. A twelve year old can only do so much, when it comes to funding the whole team with money so they can have equipment to play. Will did everything considering the circumstances, he even mailed a letter to a factory to see if they could sponsor the team to get money. In this book mike lupica really shows you how much Will loves the game of football and what he will do not only for him but for his tea ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book because it shows how a team that had nothing, and worked it way up to the top to win their league championship. Despite all of there disadvantages, the bulldogs pulled off becoming a true underdog team. I also really liked this book because the coach of the team, who was a former star football player before his dreams were shattered when he severely injured his knee, got the chance to get back on the field and coach the team to victory. In this book it also shows how Wi ...more
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was about a football team that had no money. Will tried to find a way to get a coach uniforms and players. He wrote a letter to New balance. The owner decided he would sponsor there team. New Balance bought them cleats helmets pads and jerseys.
I didn't like it because Will sounded selfish at some points. Will was selfish when he wouldn't let a girl play with them at first. Will's dad wouldn't help his son at football. Will couldn't get Toby to play at first but he had to talk to him for a
Samuel Gerend
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
In the book, "The Underdogs" there is a lot of fight from kids. They show how they want to be champions and want to win everything. I thought this was different because in middle school I would think it would be for fun.

This book to me wasn't very interesting because it is shown toward the audience of middle schoolers. However, the book shows that kids love to play football. I like how it really gets into the minds of the players and shows what they think about the game, their life, or football
Jake Delossantos
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Underdogs, one of my favorite sports books of all time. Mike Lupica captures many athletes dream of being those who rise to the top and win, overcoming any challenges that stand in the way. In Underdogs, many of those challenges arise from off the field, rather than on. From the ground-up, Will Tyler does not let anything stop him. Embarassment, is what Will fears more than injury. Through his mistakes, Will only finds himself getting better and better. This inspirational story is one that a ...more
Aaron Trebley
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this book a kid named Will Tyler's town, which is Forbes, Pennsylvania, is very poor and Will might not have a football season. But he sent a letter to New Balance to ask them to for some gear for football. When New Balance sent him a email that they would Will started looking for players and a coach. The other coach was leaving town forever for a job. Now his coach is use to be Forbes star running back Joe Tyler, which is Will's dad. Now they are a couple games away of playing Castle Rock wh ...more
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Now that I've read this book more i think that i liked the million dollar throw more because, it was more interesting and it made you wanna read more, as of this book it actually kinda boring in some parts, it was better in the beginning when you were getting to know the characters. in million dollar throw i could understand where the main character Nate Brodie was coming from and this book gets a little complicated sometimes.
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Mike Lupica is one of the most prominent sports writers in America. His longevity at the top of his field is based on his experience and insider's knowledge, coupled with a provocative presentation that takes an uncompromising look at the tumultuous world of professional sports. Today he is a syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News, which includes his popular "Shooting from the Lip" colum ...more
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