Knights of the Hill Country
Title: Knights of the Hill Country
Author: Tim Tharp
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Number of Pages: 233
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 17/12th grade
Language: very small amount of mild profanity
Drug/Alcohol Use: one main character drinks and gets drunk although the protagonist does not
Violence: fighting, one character points a gun at another boy
Social Issues: absentee father, troubled teen, friendship and loyalty, peer pressure, self-esteem
Suggested Movie Grade: PG
Premise: Hampton Green isn’t the smartest kid at Kennison High, nor the most popular. He can’t seem to manage to make any sense when he’s talking to girls. In fact, Hampton feels he’s pretty far below the bar in almost every way. Except football. Hampton can play football like no one else. And given that football is pretty important in his corner of the world, Hampton has always felt okay with his life. Sure, his father left long ago, and now his mother dates a string of men who come and go, but he’s otherwise doing just fine. Except he’s been thinking a lot about Sara, a mousy, bookish girl that isn’t the type of girl football players usually go for. And ever since a major injury the prior season, Hampton’s best friend Blaine has been spiraling out of control as he sees his future football career going up in smoke. The tension is starting to build, and Hampton’s not sure how to handle the fallout.
Potential Points of Concern: Hampton’s single mother dates men, who stay overnight at Hampton’s house.
Blaine has severe anger management issues, gets into fights and loses control one night, threatening another boy with a shotgun.
Blaine consumes beer and gets drunk.
Hampton breaks into a middle school when pressured by a girl to do so.
Age Appropriateness: 12 +