Out of His League by Pat Flynn is a perfect novel for young people who love sports, football in particular. Through numerous examples of experiences youth go through in the world of football, the author does a good job of allowing the reader an insiderís view into the training, exercises, mental fatigue and emotional strain that sports inflict on the players. In fact, the authorís personal experience in real life parallels the lead characterís journey.
In Out of His League, an Australian high school football athlete becomes involved in a school exchange with America. Ozzie is torn between the incredible opportunity to see another country and staying home to support his ailing uncle on the farm. Curiosity and youthful ambition win out, and he heads for America full of anticipation.
American schools are much different from those in Australia, and Ozzie soon notices the dramatic difference in the devoted and serious attention that American sports receive in the community he has transferred to. Soon he finds himself a star player and in the middle of politics and controversy. The attention he receives from girls definitely puts a strain on his relationship back home. Ozzie comes to some harsh realizations, as do several other football players and high school students, as he grows into a young man.
Out of His League was originally published in Australia in 2006, and its second publication in North America officially began in July 2008. The book is recommended for ages 12 and older, or grades 7 and up. There are approximately 304 pages with large font.
Environmentalists will be pleased that the publisher, Walker & Company, is using all natural, recyclable products harvested from a well-managed forest and have conformed to environmental regulations. They have also chosen to publish the book within the U.S., minimizing fossil fuels spent in transport.
Out of His League is a realistic portrayal of the experiences of and will resonate with todayís American youth. The challenges, sexual encounters, pressures and relationships are entwined into the tale and educate readers while deeply involving them in the story.