If you’re a fan of football, or fantasy football, Fantasy League by Mike Lupica is the perfect book for you. It’s a fun, funny and educational look at fantasy sports from the perspective of a 12-year-old named Charlie Gaines. Charlie, like lots of middle-schoolers, is obsessed with sports.
Especially football. Charlie’s favorite hobby is playing fantasy football. He’s got too many leagues to count, and spends most of his time studying players, teams and stats. One day, his exceptional talent gets noticed by the owner of the L.A. Bulldogs. What happens next sets Charlie off on a one-of-a-kind, dream-come-true adventure.
Earlier this week, author Mike Lupica sent two exclusive videos to Boys’ Life, giving us the scoop on his new book. Take a look:
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Here’s the official synopsis:
Twelve-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.