Unstoppable by Tim Green
Once you read the first few pages of this book, you begin rooting for the main character Harrison. Harrison has been moving around the foster care system because he is considered a "problem," as he gets into fights for survival and occasionally defends others. He lands in the Constables's home, a family that is known to take in "problem" children. However Mr. and Mrs. Constable use their foster kids to work their farm and beat them with a belt. A freak accident happens and Mr. Constable is killed. Harrison is put back into the foster system but this time he is cannot believe his luck when he is placed with a good family. Harrison has been dreaming about playing football ever since he caught sneak peaks of NFL games and his new foster father is the head coach of the junior high school team. Harrison begins training with the team and is a natural right away. His teammates begin to say he is "unstoppable" and the team goes to the playoffs for the first time in years. A freak accident happens to his knee sending Harrison to the hospital for an MRI. The MRI uncovers a serious illness that Harrison and his new family have to deal with that may end his football dreams. The cover may make you think it's only about football, but this book is about so much more. It is about overcoming odds and being strong enough to deal with what life throws at you. The story made me mad, cheer and want to cry at times. No wonder this book has been nominated for the 2015 Caudill award.