Bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein kicks off a new series for middle grade featuring Alex Myers, a student athlete who tries to take on the sports establishment in his new town.
Alex Myers is a quarterback, but from the first day of football practice, its clear that that position is very much filled by the coachs son, Matt.
Alex has the better arm, but Matt has more experienceand the coachs loyalty. Alex finally gets a chance to show what he can do when Matt is injured, and he helps win a key game to keep the Lions bid for the state championship alive. But just when his star is rising, Alex gets blindsidedthe state has started drug testing, and Alexs test comes back positive for steroids. Alex knows thats not right. But he doesnt know if its a mistakeor if someone wants to make sure he cant play. . . .
John Feinstein has been praised as the best writer of sports books in America today (The Boston Globe), and this first installment in the Triple Threat series is his most thrilling and suspenseful novel yet. Fans of Mike Lupica, Tim Green, and Paul Volponi will want to check out The Walk On, and its companion, The Sixth Man.
A cliffhanger of a football novel bristling with social, personal, familial and ethical issues to complement the gridiron action. . . . All the goods for the sports enthusiastand more. Kirkus Reviews