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The Resource Knights of the hill country, by Tim Tharp

Knights of the hill country, by Tim Tharp

Label
Knights of the hill country
Title
Knights of the hill country
Statement of responsibility
by Tim Tharp
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In his senior year, high school star linebacker Hampton Greene finally begins to think for himself and discovers that he might be interested in more than just football
Storyline
Tone
Award
  • Oklahoma Book Award, Young Adult, 2007.
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2009
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2007
Review
  • In the hill country of Oklahoma, where high-school football ranks next to God and country, and truth be known, sometimes came in first, Hampton Green is a star linebacker of the Kennisaw Knights, and he feels the weight of carrying on his teams fifth undefeated season like one hell of a big sack of rocks. Things are heavy at home, too, where he often finds his single mother with a new guy. Blaine is Hamps teammate and best friend, but he doesnt understand Hamps interest in Sara, whose wild hair and baggy clothes separate her from the football players girlfriends. Tharps debut novel is a sensitive portrait of small-town life and a young athletes growing awareness that he is more than just the sport he plays so well. Taut scenes on the football field and the dilemmas about choosing what feels right over whats expected are all made memorable by Hamps unforgettable, colloquial voice, which speaks about feelings and football with the same unwavering, fully realized personality. A moving, sensitive debut from a writer to watch. -- Gillian Engberg (Reviewed 10-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 103, number 3, p49)
  • Gr 8 Up –Teachers don’t recognize his smarts, he struggles with his mother’s unsuccessful romantic relationships, and he is unsure of himself around girls, but when senior football star Hampton Green is on the field, everything clicks. His Oklahoma team, the Kennisaw Knights, has a five-year winning streak they are trying to take to the record books by securing the state championship one more time. Hampton’s best friend, Blaine, has a shallow relationship with the prettiest girl in school and tries to drag Hampton into a similar stereotypical dating scene. Hampton, however, finds himself attracted to self-assured, intelligent Sara, whom Blaine says is not good for his image. As the championship unfolds, things get tense, and Blaine drags Hampton into a confrontation with an enemy from the opposing team, during which Blaine pulls a gun and Hampton must finally assert himself. The teen’s voice comes in loud and clear, revealing a sensitive, likable character. Hampton’s budding romance with Sara is touching and adds an interesting dimension. The conquering of insecurities and gradual self-realization Hampton experiences are reminiscent of Bert Bowden in Terry Davis’s If Rock and Roll Were a Machine (Delacorte, 1992), and readers will root as much for his team as for Hampton to be true to himself. The dynamic football scenes will draw readers who enjoyed H. G. Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights (Da Capo, 2000). The cover’s hazy silhouette of a football player reflects the strong character inside who will eventually bring his own hazy life into focus.–Diane P. Tuccillo, City of Mesa Library, AZ --Diane P. Tuccillo (Reviewed September 1, 2006) (School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 9, p219)
  • /* Starred Review */ The Kennishaw Knights personify Oklahoma hill country, where guys play football, drink beer, talk about sex (but not love), and players seek local immortality by achieving a fifth straight undefeated season. Tharp unveils the anger, frustration and uncertainty covered up by the Knights' swagger. Star linebacker Hampton Green is a force on the field but finds himself kowtowing to Blaine, the team's cocky running back. Narrating the story, Hampton feels like Blaine's henchman, someone there to carry out the boss's erratic orders. Loyalty prevents him from distancing himself from his lifelong friend. Blaine, desperately pursuing glory and playing George to Hampton's Lenny, charges into reckless decisions assuming Hampton will always have his back. Jealousy, rage and tenderness are wrapped around the story's core theme of self-discovery. An excess of down-home similes ("squirming like a bunch of copperheads on hot asphalt") is a minor drawback. However, this intriguing work demands an audience. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2006)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
151259
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tharp, Tim
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Interest level
UG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 12
Reading level
5.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Identity (Philosophical concept)
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Coming of age
  • Football
  • Identity
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Bildungsromans
  • Football stories
  • High schools
  • Identity (Philosophical concept)
  • Schools
  • Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Knights of the hill country, by Tim Tharp
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
622186
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
233 pages
Isbn
9780375836534
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2005033279
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780375836534
  • (OCoLC)62342044
Label
Knights of the hill country, by Tim Tharp
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
622186
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
233 pages
Isbn
9780375836534
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2005033279
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780375836534
  • (OCoLC)62342044

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