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From the #1bestselling author of Heat,Travel TeamandMillion-Dollar Throwcomes a story of every football kid’s dream come true. 12-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports From the #1 bestselling author of Heat, Travel Team and Million-Dollar Throw comes a story of every football kid’s dream come true.   12-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports radio host, who plays Charlie's fantasy picks for all of Los Angeles to hear. Soon Charlie befriends the elderly owner of the L.A. Bulldogs -- a fictional NFL team -- and convinces him to take a chance on an aging quarterback. After that, watch out . . . it's press conferences and national fame as Charlie becomes a media curiosity and source of conflict for the Bulldogs general manager, whose job Charlie seems to have taken. It's all a bit much for a kid just trying to stay on top of his grades and maintain his friendship with his verbal sparring partner, Anna. Like the best Disney film in book form, like Moneyball for kids, Fantasy League is every football kid's dream scenario.   Praise for FANTASY LEAGUE: * "This Moneyball story with kids is on the money."–Booklist, starred review  "The feel good book of the year."–VOYA “Readers will be alternately cheering and reaching for a tissue during the final playoff-deciding game for the Bulldogs. This will be devoured by young football fans.”–School Library Journal


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From the #1bestselling author of Heat,Travel TeamandMillion-Dollar Throwcomes a story of every football kid’s dream come true. 12-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports From the #1 bestselling author of Heat, Travel Team and Million-Dollar Throw comes a story of every football kid’s dream come true.   12-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports radio host, who plays Charlie's fantasy picks for all of Los Angeles to hear. Soon Charlie befriends the elderly owner of the L.A. Bulldogs -- a fictional NFL team -- and convinces him to take a chance on an aging quarterback. After that, watch out . . . it's press conferences and national fame as Charlie becomes a media curiosity and source of conflict for the Bulldogs general manager, whose job Charlie seems to have taken. It's all a bit much for a kid just trying to stay on top of his grades and maintain his friendship with his verbal sparring partner, Anna. Like the best Disney film in book form, like Moneyball for kids, Fantasy League is every football kid's dream scenario.   Praise for FANTASY LEAGUE: * "This Moneyball story with kids is on the money."–Booklist, starred review  "The feel good book of the year."–VOYA “Readers will be alternately cheering and reaching for a tissue during the final playoff-deciding game for the Bulldogs. This will be devoured by young football fans.”–School Library Journal

30 review for Fantasy League

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    3.5 stars. There was so much I loved about this book, but a few disappointing aspects bring the rating down a smidge. The good: I love that the main character is an okay athlete...not the star, not horrible...just a solid player who loves the game. I love the fantasy/stats aspect--Charlie reminds me so much of my brother growing up--a brain full of endless sports stats. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mr. Warren--the fact that an elderly man is the best character in a YA book is fabulous. The not-so-good: 3.5 stars. There was so much I loved about this book, but a few disappointing aspects bring the rating down a smidge. The good: I love that the main character is an okay athlete...not the star, not horrible...just a solid player who loves the game. I love the fantasy/stats aspect--Charlie reminds me so much of my brother growing up--a brain full of endless sports stats. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mr. Warren--the fact that an elderly man is the best character in a YA book is fabulous. The not-so-good: There were several spots that either had grammatical errors or strange grammatical choices--and since I've not noticed this before in a Lupica book, I'm going to guess the former. Also--I WANTED to love the fact that there was a girl character who knows everything about football, too...but Anna is SO unlikable. :( She comes off (to me, anyway) as a spoiled know-it-all who makes her friends feel bad when really they've done nothing wrong. Bummer.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Personal Review I really enjoyed reading the book Fantasy League by Mike Lupica. I liked reading the book for a lot of reasons, but the main one was because my dream has always been to be able to do what Charlie does. I thought that being able to have input on a NFL team as a kid is really cool. I also liked how Charlie made decisions for the Bulldogs, but also played football for his team at the same time. I thought the ending of the book was very good too, with Joe Warren being able to see Personal Review I really enjoyed reading the book Fantasy League by Mike Lupica. I liked reading the book for a lot of reasons, but the main one was because my dream has always been to be able to do what Charlie does. I thought that being able to have input on a NFL team as a kid is really cool. I also liked how Charlie made decisions for the Bulldogs, but also played football for his team at the same time. I thought the ending of the book was very good too, with Joe Warren being able to see his team win a Super Bowl. Plot Summary Charlie is a kid that lives in L.A. with his mom. He is a fantasy football genius, and is friends with a girl who's family owns the L.A. Bulldogs. Charlie meets the owner, and advises him to sign Tom Pinkett. This turns out to be a very good move and the owner starts asking Charlie about a lot of football decisions. The media finds out that Charlie is calling the shots for the Bulldogs, and he becomes very famous. He ends up leading the Bulldogs to their first ever playoff birth, and Super Bowl win. Characterization Matt Warren changed a lot throughout the book. At first, he was the GM of the team and was always not happy. He would also fight with his dad a lot about what football decisions to make. When Charlie was brought on to make decisions, he was really upset. But as the book progressed, Matt became more accepting of Charlie and overall a happier person. Recommendation I would recommend this book to a lot of people. First, I would recommend it to any sports fan because I feel like they would really like this book. I would also recommend it to football fans because this book has a lot of good football information in it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gus

    Personal Response I liked this book a lot. The book was very good except for the fact that it was fairly predictable. The overall plot was common to a lot of books I have read by this same author. I also thought that the main character was very similar to other characters that this author has written about. This book was a feel good story. I gave this book four out of five stars for the fact that although it was a good book, it was predictable a lot of the time. Plot The book's main character is a Personal Response I liked this book a lot. The book was very good except for the fact that it was fairly predictable. The overall plot was common to a lot of books I have read by this same author. I also thought that the main character was very similar to other characters that this author has written about. This book was a feel good story. I gave this book four out of five stars for the fact that although it was a good book, it was predictable a lot of the time. Plot The book's main character is a boy named Charlie Gaines. Charlie is a fantasy football genius who lives near the city of Los Angeles. He plays middle school football with his friends on the Culver City Cardinals. Charlie deems himself as a below average player and says that he really excels at being the brain of his team. He is great at being able to recognize plays and seeing the full potential of the players he watches. His best friend's name is Anna and she is the grand daughter of the owner of the Los Angeles Bulldogs. The bulldogs are a professional team that have been struggling to play good since Anna's grandpa, Joe Warren, created the team. Anna takes Charlie to a bulldog's preseason game where he meets Anna's grandpa. Charlie sees Joe as a fatherly figure so he tells Joe about a quarterback that Charlie likes. The next day, Joe signs the player that Charlie was talking about and they win their first two games of the regular season because of him. Later in the season, Charlie tells Joe to pick up a linebacker and Charlie's pick struggles at first. He takes a lot of criticism from the media and he takes it out on Anna. Charlie starts to focus more on his middle school team and he ends up becoming a starter for his team. After a practice, Joe stops by and he talks to Charlie and convinces him to ignore the media and to start helping Joe again. He also tells Charlie to patch things up with Anna. When Joe is about to leave, he tells Charlie that he is sick with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Charlie becomes very worried about Joe and promises Joe that he will do anything can to get Joe's team to win a super bowl before he dies. Charlie is able to patch things up with Anna and they start to go to games together just like before. When Charlie's team makes it to the championship, Anna comes and watches him make the game winning touchdown. Charlie is really excited but during the game he couldn't see Joe in the stands. This made him very worried but he is told that Joe was there he just had to stop at the hospital. A week before the last game of the bulldog's regular season, Joe is sent to the hospital due to a blood clot in his lung. Charlie is devastated that Joe won't be able to watch his team play for a playoff spot so he goes to watch the game at the hospital with Joe. The game is hard fought and the bulldogs are able to come out with a win and a playoff spot. When they win Joe is so happy that he is able to get up and dance. Characterization Charlie is very consistent with the way he acts throughout the book. Charlie is a very humble boy who thinks as much about himself as he does the people around him. He is a very caring person and he has a deep passion for the game of football. When he starts to pick players, he develops a little bit of an ego that is quickly stomped out by his friend Anna. He is very smart and he loves to help people. At the end of the book, his main goal is to be the best friend that Joe can have. Setting The setting of the book takes place near Los Angeles. I think that the time is in the future because Los Angeles currently doesn't have a pro football franchise. The players that the author mentions in the book are current so it has to be taking place in a relative time to now. This adds a huge importance to the pro team there because Los Angeles is a huge city. The fact that Los Angeles hasn't had a pro team in a while ups the importance that they do good. The presence of media adds a huge pressure to the main character's life. He is bombarded by the media throughout the end of the book and this wears huge on his life and puts a lot of stress on him to get picks right. Rating/Recommendation This book was fairly good except for the plot's predictability. This book is suited for anybody from middle school and up because the reading isn't very hard to comprehend. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes football. I think that people who play football will understand where the author is coming from better than people who don't play football. I believe this because the situations in the book are very football related. This book does have some serious moments regarding cancer so it may not interest younger readers. I think anyone from age ten and up can read this book because it isn't that complex of reading. I wouldn't really recommend this book to girls because it is centered around sports and it may be boring to them. The book is good for all ages because it isn't violent and it is a nice feel good read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Reading Fantasy League by Mike Lupica made me wish I had a football IQ like Charlie Gaines because then I would be able to be successful at my fantasy football league. While Charlie wasn’t that great of a football player, was an expert on anything football. For this reason, he was able to help the grandfather of his best friend Anna choose players for his professional football team that would help them have a successful season. This book made me realize being successful at a sport is more than Reading Fantasy League by Mike Lupica made me wish I had a football IQ like Charlie Gaines because then I would be able to be successful at my fantasy football league. While Charlie wasn’t that great of a football player, was an expert on anything football. For this reason, he was able to help the grandfather of his best friend Anna choose players for his professional football team that would help them have a successful season. This book made me realize being successful at a sport is more than just athletics. You need to also be a student of the game and analyze the sport. As a player, this will help you understand your opponent's strategy, anticipate their next move and be focused on the field. Unfortunately, Charlie didn’t have the athletics but he really understood the game so he focused his efforts on helping the community on a weekly basis with his fantasy football podcast. This book made me wonder for real-life NFL teams how many people do they have behind the scenes pulling stats to help define their next draft pick or who to trade. While I don’t watch much football I felt like the book included a lot of detail that could happen in real life. For instance, when the NFL season started I felt like I was watching a real football game while reading the book. Based on the number of football teams and player in the NFL I imagine that there are a number of people that work of staff full time that analyze football statistics the way Charlie does. I enjoyed Fantasy League because it made me see that if you share your opinions that are based in fact, people will listen. Charlie had the opportunity to put his skills to work in the real life NFL not just for his fantasy teams. By recommending Tom Pinkett an average quarterback who was getting old to the owner of L.A. Bulldogs, Charlie has the opportunity to help make the Bulldogs have a successful season. Tom proves to us that anything is possible because by given a second chance he helps to turn around the team with a great season. Fantasy League is a book that makes me believe that anything is possible. It’s the perfect story about an underdog team with the right leadership and teamwork can come from behind and be one of the best teams in their league. Also through hard work, you can achieve this also. Basically, you need to be determined to accomplish what you want. You can’t expect it to be handed to you. This book made me feel inspired. I liked that fact that the two main characters were not the best players on the team but were certainly the smartest. It made me realized that if you put hard work into anything people will recognize and respect you. This was a similar theme to the book Fire Storm Also by Mike Lupica. In both stories, they were worked hard on and off the field. This book made me hope that I’ll be able to do reach A goal like Charlie. This year I want to play on the varsity lacrosse team. But I can only achieve this goal by working hard like Charlie and being determined to reach this goal. In addition to practicing on the field, I need to watch games on TV and in real life to improve my game. Hopefully, by springtime, I’ll be able to reach my goal like Charlie.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cian Fischer

    Personal response- To me Fantasy league was an amazing story from brains to brawn. It tells the story from the eyes of a lower class child who is a well of knowledge when it comes to football. It was interesting to see him able to use his scouting abilities, which he developed playing fantasy football, to help a professional football team improve. I enjoyed the comedic references and jokes given by characters. One of the other things I thought was cool about this book was there were many real Personal response- To me Fantasy league was an amazing story from brains to brawn. It tells the story from the eyes of a lower class child who is a well of knowledge when it comes to football. It was interesting to see him able to use his scouting abilities, which he developed playing fantasy football, to help a professional football team improve. I enjoyed the comedic references and jokes given by characters. One of the other things I thought was cool about this book was there were many real people used as characters in the book. Sure the team may not be real, but there were some interesting points of view given that early NFL expansion teams also had. The book was also of a newer style, and had connections to things we use in our everyday lives such as social media, which I also liked. Plot- The main viewpoint of Fantasy League comes from the eyes of a football “Know-it-all” (Charlie Gaines) who is known by his friends as the “Brain”. He isn’t the best athlete on the field, but he can break down every play the opposing offense, or defense, is doing and plan a way to stop them. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to football, and he can use it in the only way he knows. He uses his talents to analyze games and make fantasy football picks for both him and his friends. As time goes on he and his friend Anna watch their local pro football team, the L.A. Bulldogs, lose game after game showing no improvement. Finally, Charlie comes along and meets the owner of the team, Joe Warren (A.K.A. Anna’s grandfather). Charlie seems to enjoy sharing his football knowledge with Mr. Warren, such as which players he thinks could be signed on to help the team win more. As the new season goes on, the Bulldogs actually win some games. They have a chance at going to the playoffs and fulfilling Mr. Warren’s dreams for the team. By the end of the season, the team is firing on all cylinders and will go on to the playoffs just as Mr. Warren hoped. Then a huge twist is thrown in as Mr. Warren becomes sick and is near death. He’s still just as enthusiastic as he was before, and the Bulldogs are too. They go on to do well in the playoffs and bring joy to Mr. Warren and his family. Recommendation- I would recommend this book to any boy from age 10 to age 12. This is because I feel it is a lower reading level book and could easily be understood by anyone about that age. It is more of a boy book because it seems in depth in sports knowledge, and common knowledge is helpful to understand what the book is saying. The book is long and can take a while to read. I think that most football fans would like this book, and those who enjoy fantasy football (as that plays a large role in the book).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Charlie has a head for football statistics and can pick winning players out for the various fantasy leagues he is in. His best friend, Anna, is the granddaughter of Joe Warren, the owner of the Los Angeles Bulldogs. The team hasn't been doing very well, and has become the object of ridicule on local radio shows. Anna thinks that Charlie should do his own podcast in support of the team, and encourages him to talk about the players he thinks might help. Charlie has crunched the numbers and has Charlie has a head for football statistics and can pick winning players out for the various fantasy leagues he is in. His best friend, Anna, is the granddaughter of Joe Warren, the owner of the Los Angeles Bulldogs. The team hasn't been doing very well, and has become the object of ridicule on local radio shows. Anna thinks that Charlie should do his own podcast in support of the team, and encourages him to talk about the players he thinks might help. Charlie has crunched the numbers and has some ideas for players that the Bulldogs should consider adding-- and mentions them to Joe. On of these is Tom Pinkett, whom everyone seems to think is too old, but whom Joe had rather wanted on the team. The general manager, Anna's Uncle Matt, disagreed. Tom is eventually brought onto the team, and later, another wild card picked by Charlie, the injured bad boy Sack Sutton, is brought on as well. The national media picks up on Charlie's involvement, and Joe feels that if he and Matt shy away from the publicity, it will look bad, so Charlie is invited to all the games. It doesn't help that Joe is fighting lymphoma, and his relationship with Matt is a delicate one. Charlie is leery of all of the attention because it takes a lot of time, and he's still trying to keep up with school and his own lukewarm career in Pop Warner football, where he is a big help to the coach but not as good on the field as he would like. Will Charlie's talents help him out in the long run, or cause him more troubles than they are worth? Strengths: Lots and lots of good information on football strategies and statistics. There are game descriptions for the Bulldogs as well as Charlie's Pop Warner games. I love that Anna is such a strong female character-- she knows her football, she likes technology, and she and Charlie have an easy friendship where they both respect the other. Tweens will love the brush with fame that Charlie has, and the family relationships are all positive and strong, even when less than ideal. Weaknesses: There's a bit too much discussion of Charlie's longing for his absent father for my taste, but Lupica does manages to stop just short of being maudlin about it. It does lay the foundation for Charlie's nice friendship with Joe.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matas Andrikonis

    "Fantasy League" by Mike Lupica is a really interesting book about the LA Bulldogs and a dream season. Many huge events happen in the book like Free Agent signings, Conflict between the staff, and much more. This book proves the fact that anything is possible. This book is a lot like our world because many people underestimate teams and they occasionally come out and prove themselves. The author has definitely made believe that anything is possible, and he made me more interested in sports books "Fantasy League" by Mike Lupica is a really interesting book about the LA Bulldogs and a dream season. Many huge events happen in the book like Free Agent signings, Conflict between the staff, and much more. This book proves the fact that anything is possible. This book is a lot like our world because many people underestimate teams and they occasionally come out and prove themselves. The author has definitely made believe that anything is possible, and he made me more interested in sports books than I already was. This was a sports book, that took place in LA when the NFL season started. I definitely felt like I was in LA watching a football game, to me the author described everything very well. The main characters are Anna, Charlies best friend and the LA coaches Mr. Warrens granddaughter, Charlie, the fantasy league master and a genius when it comes to football, and Mr. Warren the coach of the LA Bulldogs. You could picture the main characters in your head just because of how well the author describes the characters at the beginning of the book. While this book is great in almost every category it still has its flaws. One thing I thought it could've added on to was making the book longer and adding more to the end where huge event happens. Another flaw was how it could've had more characters instead of just 3-7 characters who are mentioned they should've had like 10-15 characters that are mentioned and take a place in a part of the book. The final flaw that I can think of is how it's all just about football I think that if there was more in the story than just football the story would've been even better than it already is. Those are all the flaws that I could think of because of how good the story is. I recommend this book to anyone who likes sports. This book includes many things that can happen in any sport like free agent signings and many more things. This book was also really realistic so I can recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. I personally think that Mike Lupica makes many great books this is not the only one. Overall "Fantasy League" is one of the best books I have ever read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Garrett Pope

    Personal Response: I thought this book was really good, because the plot is pretty interesting and the ending left me wanting to read the second book if there was one. I think this book should have more than just ending with the Bulldogs making the playoffs and should of ended with the Super Bowl. It should of also included the Pro Bowl too. I wish there was a second Fantasy League book. I think that when people read this book, they will want to read more books by Mike Lupica. Plot: Fantasy Personal Response: I thought this book was really good, because the plot is pretty interesting and the ending left me wanting to read the second book if there was one. I think this book should have more than just ending with the Bulldogs making the playoffs and should of ended with the Super Bowl. It should of also included the Pro Bowl too. I wish there was a second Fantasy League book. I think that when people read this book, they will want to read more books by Mike Lupica. Plot: Fantasy League by Mike Lupica is about a 12 year old boy named Charlie Gaines, who happens to be amazing at Fantasy Football. He is a backup linebacker for the Culver City Cardinals, which is a Pop Warner football team. Charlie has a friend named Anna Warren, who happens to be the granddaughter of the owner of the Los Angeles Bulldogs, a National Football League team. Charlie is so good at Fantasy Football, that Anna starts a podcast show just for Charlie called The Charlie Show where he makes predictions for each week of the NFL. His show becomes famous because of Kevin Fallon’s dad who has a sports show. Charlie becomes a star and meets Joe Warren, the owner of the Los Angeles Bulldogs and who is also Anna’s grandfather. Charlie ends up helping Mr. Warren improve the Los Angeles Bulldogs and helping the Culver City Cardinals win a couple of games. The Los Angeles Bulldogs are in the race for a spot in the playoffs, so they have to beat the Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks. The Bulldogs win against the Cowboys, but they are about to lose against the Seahawks. Mr. Warren says to take out Tom Pinkett and put in the star quarterback, but Charlie says that Tom Pinkett should stay in, so Mr. Warren keeps him in and Tom Pinkett throws a touchdown to win the game. The Warrens throw a huge party, because the Bulldogs make the playoffs, but the Bulldogs have to play the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the playoffs. Recommendation: I recommend this book to any boy ages twelve to nineteen, because it is a sports book and most boys these ages are into sports or are in sports.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Zach Heisler

    Personal Response:I found this book very interesting, because I like football. It was cool to see how Charlie became close friends with Anna’s grandfather. Plot:Charlie and Anna liked hanging out at her house and they liked to talk about football as they watched the Los Angeles Bulldogs game. Anna’s grandpa was Joe Warren, he was also the owner of the Los Angeles Bulldogs. The Bulldogs weren’t the best football team, they lost a lot of games in the past. Anna thought that Charlie should start his Personal Response:I found this book very interesting, because I like football. It was cool to see how Charlie became close friends with Anna’s grandfather. Plot:Charlie and Anna liked hanging out at her house and they liked to talk about football as they watched the Los Angeles Bulldogs game. Anna’s grandpa was Joe Warren, he was also the owner of the Los Angeles Bulldogs. The Bulldogs weren’t the best football team, they lost a lot of games in the past. Anna thought that Charlie should start his own podcast in support of the football team. Charlie had thought a lot about his decision about bringing Tom Pinkett in to be the quarterback for Los Angeles Bulldogs. A couple days later the Bulldogs brought Tom in. Tom Pinkett led the Bulldogs to their first win. Joe Warren told Charlie to watch some films with Tom Pinkett to discuss how the linebacker knew when and where he was going to throw the ball. Charlie wanted to find someone else to replace the linebacker. He did a lot of research on Jack “Sack” Sutton to see if he was in good condition to play again. Jack came into the NFL a while back and played for the Jaguars. He was amazing on the field but off the field he would party, get drunk, and do drugs. Jack got injured and was cut from the team. Jack left football and became an actor after his injury. They realized that Jack ran a little slower than before he was hurt. They drafted Jack and he led them to a victory in their next game. The Los Angeles Bulldogs made it to the playoffs for the first time in a long time. Recommendation:I recommend this book to boys and girls in middle school, because it is at middle school reading level. It is a good learning experience about football. I also thought it taught people about fantasy leagues and how they work. I gave this book a five star rating.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hirzel

    Charlie is the main character. He loves football but doesn't have many friends. His best friend is Anna and his family owns the city football team the Bulldogs. Her grandpa had brought the team back to L.A a couple years before which is where they live. Charlie had a bad family life. His dad left him when he was younger and he has no idea where he is currently. The setting is present time in a suburb of L.A. The book is called fantasy football because charlie has immense knowledge of football. Charlie is the main character. He loves football but doesn't have many friends. His best friend is Anna and his family owns the city football team the Bulldogs. Her grandpa had brought the team back to L.A a couple years before which is where they live. Charlie had a bad family life. His dad left him when he was younger and he has no idea where he is currently. The setting is present time in a suburb of L.A. The book is called fantasy football because charlie has immense knowledge of football. All of his friends pay him to make fantasy football teams for them. He and anna end up making a podcast and they post one each week. A radio ends up sponsoring them and they end up getting a lot of fame from it. Charlie has struggles with dealing with the fame and still wanting to live a normal life and also not making anna’s uncle the team manager mad at him because he ends up almost taking his spot as team manager. I would refer this book to people that like football and understand how it's run. If you don't the book will kinda of leave you behind because it talks about the positions and owners a lot. Other than that Id say this is a great book. Also this book is a good feel story so it doesn't have much action. At times it can be exciting but I would not call it an action book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cam F

    Fantasy League was one of my favorite books ever. It was about a boy named Charlie Gaines. Charlie is a bench warmer for his California football team. He may not play the but he has one heck of an IQ about it. When he is invited by his friend Anna to go see an L.A. Bulldogs preseason game, which her grandfather owns the team, he starts to gibe advice to the crummy team. He convinces the team to hire a veteran quarterback and he gets the team a win. This book was amazing! A theme for this book Fantasy League was one of my favorite books ever. It was about a boy named Charlie Gaines. Charlie is a bench warmer for his California football team. He may not play the but he has one heck of an IQ about it. When he is invited by his friend Anna to go see an L.A. Bulldogs preseason game, which her grandfather owns the team, he starts to gibe advice to the crummy team. He convinces the team to hire a veteran quarterback and he gets the team a win. This book was amazing! A theme for this book is kids can be very smart and have great ideas. Charlie is very smart in many ways. He knows so much about the game of football. He gives the Bulldogs tips, and they are professionals. He was also the person that came up with the idea to recruit the new quarterback that gave them a win. That is my theme for this book. This book was outstanding! It was funny, interesting, and fun to read about a little kid that knew more than most adults. I loved this book so much! I would definitely recommend this book. I would read it again in no time.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Trebley

    Charlie is a great person at fantasy football. He is called by his friends brain. He is even great at figuring out plays in real life too. His best friend, Anna, is the granddaughter of Joe Warren, owner of the L.A. Bulldogs a NFL team. He went to one of the games with Anna. They sat up in the owner's suite. Mr. Warren asked Charlie who do you think would be a good player soon? Charlie said that Tom Picknett would be a good pick. Charlie couldn't believe that they actually picked him. Charlie Charlie is a great person at fantasy football. He is called by his friends brain. He is even great at figuring out plays in real life too. His best friend, Anna, is the granddaughter of Joe Warren, owner of the L.A. Bulldogs a NFL team. He went to one of the games with Anna. They sat up in the owner's suite. Mr. Warren asked Charlie who do you think would be a good player soon? Charlie said that Tom Picknett would be a good pick. Charlie couldn't believe that they actually picked him. Charlie didn't want anyone to know. The only person that knew about was Mr. Warren and Anna. The media found out because Anna was trying to defend Charlie from Kevin Fallon, whose dad is a radio host for ESPN. I think Charlie is going to tell everyone on his podcast that it is not a big deal.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    This is one of my favorite books i have read in a long time.It is a story a young boy named Charlie and Charlie knows everything possible about football. He is a master at fantasy football and is the best at choosing players. He befriends a girl by the name of Anna and she is very smart and her grandfather happens to own the L.A. Bulldogs who just relocated back. Anna helps Charlie get a podcast going about his picks and the show ends up gaining a lot of popularity and gets recognized. Charlie This is one of my favorite books i have read in a long time.It is a story a young boy named Charlie and Charlie knows everything possible about football. He is a master at fantasy football and is the best at choosing players. He befriends a girl by the name of Anna and she is very smart and her grandfather happens to own the L.A. Bulldogs who just relocated back. Anna helps Charlie get a podcast going about his picks and the show ends up gaining a lot of popularity and gets recognized. Charlie ends up giving Anna's grandfather advise about players and does everything he can to get the terrible team to the playoffs. I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about sports.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nick Alexander

    This book had a great story and a is an easy recommendation for any football fans. The book talks about a 12 year old boy Charlie Gaines, a fantasy football wiz and a LA Bulldogs superfan. The bulldogs haven't had a winning record since first entering the league as an expansion team. His friendship with Anna Warren allows him to meet the team's owner, Joe Warren, who is Anna's grandfather. His knowledge of football helps him scout out older. forgotten about players to give the team a chance for This book had a great story and a is an easy recommendation for any football fans. The book talks about a 12 year old boy Charlie Gaines, a fantasy football wiz and a LA Bulldogs superfan. The bulldogs haven't had a winning record since first entering the league as an expansion team. His friendship with Anna Warren allows him to meet the team's owner, Joe Warren, who is Anna's grandfather. His knowledge of football helps him scout out older. forgotten about players to give the team a chance for redemption, and gives Charlie a spot in the spotlight.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nabeel Qureshi

    In this book Fantasy League by Mike Lupica the main charecter Charlie has his best friend Anna convince him to have a podcast about football. Even though Charliw is a backup for his school he has attracted Annas grandpas attention who happens to be the owner of the L.A. Bulldogs. When Annas grandpa takes Charlies advice and he turns out a genious his life gets twisted and people finally look up to the kid who is wise beyond his years. Overall this book was absolutly amazing and there wasnt In this book Fantasy League by Mike Lupica the main charecter Charlie has his best friend Anna convince him to have a podcast about football. Even though Charliw is a backup for his school he has attracted Annas grandpas attention who happens to be the owner of the L.A. Bulldogs. When Annas grandpa takes Charlies advice and he turns out a genious his life gets twisted and people finally look up to the kid who is wise beyond his years. Overall this book was absolutly amazing and there wasnt wanything I did not like.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shalyn

    A 12-year-old boy, loves football. He loves the Los Angels Bulldog but, he never actually played, because he was always on the sideline. But, when his on the sideline he also likes to help the coaches if one of the football plays is wrong so, he helps them fix it because he mostly watches all the Los Angels Bulldogs. I think I like this book because it actually catches my eyes because I love football so much. I also like this like this book because it makes think that even though your on the A 12-year-old boy, loves football. He loves the Los Angels Bulldog but, he never actually played, because he was always on the sideline. But, when his on the sideline he also likes to help the coaches if one of the football plays is wrong so, he helps them fix it because he mostly watches all the Los Angels Bulldogs. I think I like this book because it actually catches my eyes because I love football so much. I also like this like this book because it makes think that even though your on the sideline you still can achieve by helping your coaches or more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    rORYHINSOn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is amazing!!! It's about a kid named Charlie who knows everything about football that you can possibly know. He is best friends with the granddaughter of the owner of his favorite NFL team, the LA Bulldogs. All of a sudden he is picking up players for the Bulldogs...but then Jow warren, the owner of the bulldogs, falls ill and has to stay in the hospital for the big game. What will happen?.............spoiler alert:JOE WARREN DOES NOT DIE!!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jake Ruud

    I think the most important character is Tom Pinkett. Tom was an average quarterback who just keeps on aging. He isn't getting any better he's just getting worse. But once he's given a fresh start, he thrives and turns into a quarterback he was never supposed to be. He resembles the doubt and failure in your mind but then all you have to do is get a fresh start, and then you're good.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Darrion Lucas

    This is a good book especially if you are into football . Charlie is really into football just like me . That is why I really enjoy this book . SPOILER ALERT!!!!! he becomes the general manager . If you like football and the NFL you should read this book . Just like all mike Lupica books this one is great

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jagger Cummings

    I think this is a very good book. I rated it 4 stars because I think the story was a little bit hard to get into. As the book progressed I found myself getting more and more in the story. The ending was really good and I would like to know what happened in the playoffs!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jack Vagianelis

    This story Is about a boy who Is a lover for football. Al tho he's a bench warm for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports radio host.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jake Funaki

    I liked it because it was about a boy who loved football like me and the L.A Bulldogs were an interesting team.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brogan Bennett

    I didn't really like this book. It was not like most of the Mike Lupica books and didn't really catch on. I would recommend it to anyone who loves sports statistics.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ian Rhines

    This was one of the best football books I have ever read. I always love the books that Mike Lupica writes! I can't wait for the next one!!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Quincy Bonville

    I think the theme of this book is that knowledge is important because if Charlie never studied football so much he would never of had this oppurtunity.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Koda

    This was very interesting and fun book to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to follow football, or anyone who plays football.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dmitri

    I really like this book because two of my fav sports are basketball and football, and i suggest it to people who really know and like football.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bernard Varnesdeel

    This book was amazing and was good to read. The main character in this good book was Charlie. Charlie was a sports lover but his main love in sports was the hard hitting game of football and he absolutely loved it. He would watch it all day everyday and he was known as a geek. Although he was known as a football geek at his school he still studied the game each and everyday. He first started playing for his school football team. Even though he didn't get in the game at all because he was one of This book was amazing and was good to read. The main character in this good book was Charlie. Charlie was a sports lover but his main love in sports was the hard hitting game of football and he absolutely loved it. He would watch it all day everyday and he was known as a geek. Although he was known as a football geek at his school he still studied the game each and everyday. He first started playing for his school football team. Even though he didn't get in the game at all because he was one of the worst kids on his football team. Other kids still made fun of him but that didn't take away his love for the game of football. He got introduced into fantasy league football and got well known around his city because of it. He had got many famous people talking to him about stuff like interviews and etc.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I read Fantasy League and The theme of the book is friendships have ups and downs. They have a lot of different things happening in their friendship. Mike Lupica uses imagery in Fantasy League one of them are “The rubber football “(Lupica). What he is trying to do is show us what the football would look like in the book. The difference between Lone Star and Fantasy League is that Lone Star is about one person and how good he is at the sport that he was playing and that was football and Fantasy I read Fantasy League and The theme of the book is friendships have ups and downs. They have a lot of different things happening in their friendship. Mike Lupica uses imagery in Fantasy League one of them are “The rubber football “(Lupica). What he is trying to do is show us what the football would look like in the book. The difference between Lone Star and Fantasy League is that Lone Star is about one person and how good he is at the sport that he was playing and that was football and Fantasy League is about a hole team “lets win as a whole team tonight at the game” (Mike Lupica). What he is trying to get their mind in the game and getting his team pumped up for the game. Some things that are the same is that they are both about football and how they do stuff in football.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    I think that this is a book for little kids that are getting good at reading

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