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CATEGORY: Teens

PAGES: 368

TRIM SIZE: 5.5 X 8.25

ISBN: 978-1-61620-593-5

LIST PRICE: $9.95

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CATEGORY: Teens

PAGES: 368

TRIM SIZE: 5.5 X 8.25

ISBN: 978-1-61620-250-7

LIST PRICE: $17.95

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CATEGORY: Teens

ISBN: 978-1-61620-490-7

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Overview

“I hit him so hard, the clash of helmets and pads sounded like a gunshot across the field. I crushed him with the hit, held on to him, and crushed him again when I slammed him into the ground . . . I had arrived.”

Arlo Brodie loves being on the football field, getting hit hard and hitting back harder. That’s where he belongs, leading his team to championships, becoming “Starlo” on his way to the top. Arlo’s dad cheers him on, but his mother quotes head injury statistics and refuses to watch. Arlo’s girlfriend tries to make him see the danger; when that doesn’t work, she calls time-out on their relationship. Even Arlo’s coaches begin to track his hit count, almost ready to pull him off the field. But Arlo’s not worried about collisions. The cheering crowds and the adrenaline rush convince Arlo that everything is OK–in spite of the pain, pounding, dizziness, and confusion.

In Hit Count, Chris Lynch explores the American love affair with contact sports and our attempts to come to terms with clear evidence of real danger.

A Booklist Top Ten Sports Book for Youth 2015

Praise

"A powerful story that illuminates both the dangers of head trauma in athletes and the psyche of football players."
- The New York Times Book Review

"Sharp writing . . . Head-injury debate becomes real life for teen baller."
- Sports Illustrated

"The strength of this hard-hitting novel is how well award-winning author Chris Lynch portrays the drive and hunger of young football players. . . This intense timely story provides incredible insight as to why knowledge of football's potential danger is not enough to keep young players from taking the field."
- Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Photo Credit: Jules Chester

Chris Lynch is the author of many acclaimed young adult novels, including Little Blue Lies, Pieces, Angry Young Man, the National Book Award Finalist Inexcusable, and the Printz Honor Book Freewill. Chris is on the faculty of the creative writing MFA program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When he's not teaching or visiting with family in Boston, he lives in Scotland.