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From #1 New York Times bestselling author of TRAVEL TEAM, HEAT, and MILLION-DOLLAR THROW comes a cheer-worthy, family-friendly football novel set amid the Friday Night Lights world of Texas high school football.


Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights (Texas). He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season--not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be royalty . . . and a quarterback. All of which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow, a tall order for any boy, especially one who's merely a freshman.

While his teammates assume the starting job will be handed to Jake on a silver platter, the truth is that he has to fight for every snap and every ounce of respect. Jake may be a Cullen and he may play quarterback, but he is not his brother or his father. Being a good teammate comes naturally to Jake; being a winner and a celebrity does not. He's just like every other boy--awkward around a pretty girl, in awe of his famous family, and desperate to simultaneously blend in and cast his own shadow.

Inspired by the real-life Manning family of quarterbacks (father Archie, Super Bowl-winning sons Peyton and Eli) and set amid the football-crazy culture of Texas immortalized in Friday Night Lights, QB 1 is a coming-of-age story perfect for the fan of MILLION-DOLLAR THROW, HEAT, and of course FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.

"This is a wonderful book by a great writer. All football fathers and sons will enjoy it."--Archie Manning

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on September 17, 2013 by Philomel Books
ISBN-10: 0399252282
ISBN-13: 9780399252280
3 Book Reviews
  • broncosfan58Monday, November 7, 2016 at 8:48 am
    This is a great book first of all. Jake the main character has some tough times. His family has football in there blood. His dad and brother were really good qbs to. It has alot of football in it. I recomand it to others if you like sports or football.
    • seahawks54
      seahawks54Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 10:55 amFeatured
      Have you ever wanted to read a good book about sports. In particularly football. The name of this book is QB 1 and the authors name is Mike Lupica. This book takes place in Granger, Texas where high school football is the only thing. The main character comes from a family of quarterbacks who are famous. His dad was a football legend who got injured and his older brother just went to college to be a starter as a quarterback. Jake the main character comes to high school for his first year and has to prove himself to the whole town. And in Granger Texas high school football is every bodies main focus. The antagonist of the book is Casey another quarterback who is competing to be starter. The protagonist is a jakes mom who always supports him no matter the circumstances. The turning point of the book is where jake starts to be confident of him self and gives Casey a run for his money. I really like and recommend this book because it's about football and was written very well.
      • peacheslarue
        peacheslarueSunday, November 23, 2014 at 7:11 am44 stars
        I know this is a book for boys and i am a girl but it was surprisingly good! I am not a big football fan (well, i watch the SuperBowl) so i am not a big football fan so i didnt understand parts of it but it was actually pretty good!