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Go Long!

Go Long!

For Ages: 8 - 12
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It's Tiki and Ronde's second year on their junior high school football team, the Hidden Valley Eagles. The eighth-grade season is here, and the boys have come together as a team. Now key starters, Tiki and Ronde are ready for a great season, and with hard work and determination, maybe they will even go all the way to the State Championship!

But when Coach Spangler announces that he has been asked to move up to the high school team, and Mr. Wheeler, the science teacher, is tapped for the head coaching job, the season seems over before it begins. Sure, Coach Wheeler played college football until he was benched by an injury, but it just isn't the same. Tiki wants to give Coach Wheeler a chance, yet the team's loyalties are divided. What does a science teacher know about the game of football? Can the team work together, get behind their new coach, and play smart?

Inspired by the childhood of NFL superstars Tiki and Ronde Barber, Go Long! is a story of teamwork, perseverance, and what it takes to be a champion.
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  • Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416936190 | 
  • August 2008 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
List Price $18.99

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CHAPTER ONE
THE NEW “STRAW”


“I’M BREAKIN’ THIS ONE BIG-TIME, RONDE!”

Ronde Barber stared back at his identical twin as they faced each other across the line of scrimmage. “In your dreams, Tiki.”

“Don’t blink, or you’ll miss me,” Tiki shot back.

Ronde let out a big yawn, patting his mouth like he was bored. “I’m so scared.”

Then came the “Hut! Hut!” of the quarterback, Matt Clayton, and Tiki took off like a shot. Ronde backpedaled a few steps, then turned and matched his brother... see more

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