TJ and his friends get a terrible shock when their old teacher, Mr Potter, returns from illness to take over from Mr Wood as PE teacher at Parkview School. Worse still, they are about to play in the semifinal of the Cup, and Mr Potter's really bad tactics nearly lose them the match. With everything they've trained for hanging in the balance, can TJ and his friends turn things around and win?
TJ is a new boy at Parkview School and he's never played in a proper football match before, but he soon makes friends with a bunch of football-mad kids.The trouble is, none of the teachers at Parkview are interested in football and the kids have nowhere to play - until Mr Wood arrives. With Mr Wood's help - and with the assistance of Mr Wood's old friend, Marshall Jones, a Premier League footballer - the kids and their parents mend their pitch, begin to put together a brilliant football team, and start to turn the school into a place to be proud of.
The Parkview team are off to compete in the Regional Championship tournament, but their striker is in trouble. The team is improving all the time, but Tulsi, once the star, is getting left behind. When she's dropped from both the school team and her Sunday League team, she even talks about giving up football. Can TJ and the team help Tulsi change her ways and win her place back in the team?
Football is unquestionably the world’s most popular and influential sport. There is no corner of the globe in which the game is not played or followed. More countries are affiliated to FIFA, football’s governing body, than to the United Nations. The sport has therefore become an important component of our social, cultural, political and economic life. The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies is a landmark work of reference, going further than any other book in considering the historical and contemporary significance of football around the world. Written by a team of leading sport scholars, the book covers a broad range of disciplines from history, sociology, politics and business, to philosophy, law and media studies. The central section of the book examines key themes and issues in football studies, such as the World Cup and international competition, governance and ownership, fandom and celebrity. The concluding section offers in-depth surveys of the culture and organisation of football in each of the regional confederations, from UEFA to CONCACAF. This book will be fascinating reading for any serious football fan and an essential resource for advanced students or scholars undertaking research in football or sport studies, and any practitioner or policy-maker working in football.
From the writer of the cult sensation John Dies at the End comes another terrifying and hilarious tale of almost Armageddon at the hands of two hopeless heroes. WARNING: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. THIS IS NOT A METAPHOR. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fear-mongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fear-mongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection -- the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That's just as well, since the "cure" involves learning what a chainsaw tastes like. You can't feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings. You can't see it, because it decides what you see. You won't even feel it when it breeds. And it will breed. So what happens when your family, friends and neighbors get mind-controlling skull spiders? We're all about to find out. Just stay calm, and remember that telling you about the spider situation is not the same as having caused it. I'm just the messenger. Even if I did sort of cause it. Either way, I won't hold it against you if you're upset. I know that's just the spider talking.
Every year at the upscale Mohawk HIlls Country Club, the members fight tooth and nail to win the club’s coveted Cappuccino Cup. This annual contest pits the club’s members of Italian ancestry against those of other heritages. The matches are always hard fought and at times bitter, but when a dead body turns up on the eighteenth green, the competition may have spun out of control. Sheriff Billy Hogan, a lawman more accustomed to traffic accidents and trespassers than homicide investigation, is confronted with a murder mystery eerily similar to one that took place on the same putting green forty years ago when his father was the Sheriff. Hogan’s investigation of the murder and subsequent killings lead him down a perilous path and brings him face to face with a shadowy and powerful adversary. Vincent Falcone is the club’s wealthiest and most frightening figure and he stands much to lose if Hogan learns the truth. It is a truth that will force the Sheriff to confront much of his own family’s tragic past and reveal startling facts about one of the most dark and infamous moments in our country’s history. As Hogan and his band of deputies stumble and bumble their way through their investigation, Falcone and his dark forces threaten to destroy all that the Sheriff holds dear. But the key to the case is held by a quiet and unexpected source, and as the events surrounding the Cappuccino Cup draw to a close, it is a dangerous and deadly chase along the back nine of life.
Three people learn that love is precious and life is short. Read Vicki Hinze's never-before-published short story, Before the White Rose and, as a bonus, lengthy excerpts from three Hinze novels--the mystically romantic Seascape Trilogy: Beyond a Mystic Shore, Upon a Mystic Tide, and Beside a Dreamswept Sea. All three novels are being re-issued by Bell Bridge Books in multi-format ebook editions and new trade paperback editions, beginning with Beyond a Mystic Shore in late September 2011.
When blond, blue-eyed, broad-shouldered, college football hero T. J. Brinkman leaves Sweet Dreams, Arkansas, to make his name and fame in the world of big city television, he is lucky enough to find employment with the industry’s most prominent and highly regarded producer, David Sunshine, widely considered the brightest hope for television’s future. A media darling considered the best in the business by people who accept his public image, David Sunshine in real life immediately proves himself a far cry from the public’s, the media’s, and T.J. Brinkman’s naive and gullible assessments of him. What happens when T.J.’s innocence and idealism clash with David Sunshine’s egotism and opportunism is at times hilarious, at other times heart-breaking. Filled to overflowing with characters who range from fragile to cruel to beautiful to eccentric, David Sunshine re-creates a world gone by and tells the story of how it really was as television began to decline from its Golden Age into a far more cynical industry. David Sunshine is best described as “a comedy of substance.” In depicting the American television industry of the 1960’s, it is as accurate as it is funny.
High school freshman T.J. Jackson thinks his summer will be a drag when his widowed dad dumps him off for a vacation with his Uncle Mike, a Park Ranger at the Gettysburg National Battlefield, Aunt Terri, and his geeky adopted cousin LouAnne. But T.J. is in for a few surprises. For starters, Gettysburg isn't the boring Civil War town he expected. A ghostly Confederate cavalier has been terrorizing nightly visitors to the battlefield. And LouAnne isn't so geeky anymore- she's become a sassy beauty who leaves him breathless. Things escalate when the cousins, aided by T.J.'s quirky friend Bortnicker from back home in Connecticut - who also has his eye on the lovely LouAnne - attempt to solve a murder mystery that has the local police, park rangers and paranormal investigators in a panic. Because how do you stop an undead killer from 1863 from wreaking havoc in the 21st Century?