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Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Aug 26, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 176 pages
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"Hut! Hut! Go long, Tiki!"

Tiki and Ronde's twelfth summer is winding down -- the nights are getting shorter and the evenings cooler. That means two things: The first day of junior high is just a few days away, and it's almost the start of football season at last. With two championships and an 8-2 season last year, Tiki and Ronde are ready to graduate from the Peewee League and hit the field as starting players for the Hidden Valley Eagles.

But junior high is a lot bigger than elementary school. The competition for starting spots is stiff, and seniority rules. If Tiki and Ronde make it past tryouts and cuts, will they get the chance to play, or will they have to spend the season watching from the bench with the other seventh graders?

Inspired by the childhood of NFL superstars Tiki and Ronde Barber, Kickoff! is a story of teamwork, perseverance, and what it takes to be a champion.

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User Review  - Jeremy G. - Goodreads

This book was given to me by my teacher in the fourth grade and it was the only book that I actually read in that year. Reading about their life somehow inspired me to be successful and to keep ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tyrese Moore - Goodreads

I like this book because it helped me when I was down. People should read this book to their kids because they would probably like it because it is talking about a sport. I read this book because I ... Read full review


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About the author (2008)

Tiki Barber is a record-holding retired running back for the New York Giants. Mr. Barber is currently a correspondent for NBC's Today show and an analyst for NBC's Football Night in America.

Ronde Barber is a cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 2003 Super Bowl champions. Mr. Barber is one of just two cornerbacks in the NFL selected to the Pro Bowl three times.

Paul Mantell is the author of many books for children, including books in the Matt Christopher series.