TJ Barnes is back, playing with his crazy cats, T-Rex and Alaska, helping out in his parents' hardware store and goofing around with his best friend, Seymour. When Seymour announces that he has signed them both up for a football team, TJ fears the worst. Neither of them is huge or mean or able to tackle, catch, throw, run or kick a ball down a field, but Seymour is determined to be a star. With the help of a stack of library books, TJ starts to understand the game but it takes more than a few books to figure out what's wrong with his best friend.
Hazel Hutchins has never been a sports fanatic. Everything she knows about football she's learned from books and from watching other people, including her son and daughter, play. Hazel is the author of three previous TJ books for Orca. She lives in Canmore, Alberta.