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#1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica asks the question: If a million dollars was at stake, could you make the throw?

Nate Brodie is nicknamed “Brady” not only for his arm, but also because he’s the biggest Tom Brady fan. He’s even saved up to buy an autographed football. And when he does, he wins the chance for something he’s never dreamed of—to throw a pass through a target at a Patriots game for one million dollars.

Nate should be excited. But things have been tough lately. His dad lost his job and his family is losing their home. It’s no secret that a million dollars would go a long way. So all Nate feels is pressure, and just when he needs it most, his golden arm begins to fail him. Even worse, his best friend Abby is going blind, slowly losing her ability to do the one thing she loves most—paint. Yet Abby never complains, and she is Nate’s inspiration. He knows she’ll be there when he makes the throw of a lifetime.

Mike Lupica’s latest sports novel is also his most heartwarming.

“Lupica's football action engages, and his delineation of the athlete's thought process and emotional highs and lows of competition feels visceral and real.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Lupica explores the themes of believing in yourself and handling pressure. Teens who love sports fiction . . . will find this book a rapid, enjoyable read.” –VOYA

“Lupica injects plenty of suspenseful sports action into the plot and creates a cast of uniformly likable characters whose faith in teamwork and in each other ultimately earns handsome rewards for all. A natural for graduates of Matt Christopher's sports stories.” –Booklist

Paperback, 272 pages
Published on November 16, 2010 by Puffin Books
ISBN-10: 0142415588
ISBN-13: 9780142415580
4 Book Reviews
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  • jboriskey
    jboriskeyTuesday, May 5, 2015 at 12:05 pm
    This book has an amazing story to it. It is about a boy named Nate, they call him Brady becuase he is one of the biggest Tom Brady fans in Valley Massachusetts. He is the starting quarterback for his 8th grade football team.
    • kaepfan07
      kaepfan07Monday, March 10, 2014 at 2:32 pm
      Amazing story about life and sports
      • nygiants3896
        nygiants3896Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm44 stars
        Amazing story about football and desperation!
        • busterbrownjake
          Mr. TyczkowskiFriday, January 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm
          it is about a boy named nate people call him brady as in the tom brady and he is probably one of the best tom brady fan in history and he got his named picked out of a bucket saying that he can make a throw at a patriots game with lights on do you think he will make it find out in the book million dollar throw