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From the #1 bestselling author of Heat, Travel Team and Million-Dollar Throw comes a story of every football kid’s dream come true.   12-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a s From the #1 bestselling author of Heat, Travel Team and Million-Dollar Throw comes a story of every football kid’s dream come true.   12-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports radio host, who plays Charlie's fantasy picks for all of Los Angeles to hear. Soon Charlie befriends the elderly owner of the L.A. Bulldogs -- a fictional NFL team -- and convinces him to take a chance on an aging quarterback. After that, watch out . . . it's press conferences and national fame as Charlie becomes a media curiosity and source of conflict for the Bulldogs general manager, whose job Charlie seems to have taken. It's all a bit much for a kid just trying to stay on top of his grades and maintain his friendship with his verbal sparring partner, Anna. Like the best Disney film in book form, like Moneyball for kids, Fantasy League is every football kid's dream scenario.   Praise for FANTASY LEAGUE: * "This Moneyball story with kids is on the money."–Booklist, starred review  "The feel good book of the year."–VOYA “Readers will be alternately cheering and reaching for a tissue during the final playoff-deciding game for the Bulldogs. This will be devoured by young football fans.”–School Library Journal


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From the #1 bestselling author of Heat, Travel Team and Million-Dollar Throw comes a story of every football kid’s dream come true.   12-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a s From the #1 bestselling author of Heat, Travel Team and Million-Dollar Throw comes a story of every football kid’s dream come true.   12-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports radio host, who plays Charlie's fantasy picks for all of Los Angeles to hear. Soon Charlie befriends the elderly owner of the L.A. Bulldogs -- a fictional NFL team -- and convinces him to take a chance on an aging quarterback. After that, watch out . . . it's press conferences and national fame as Charlie becomes a media curiosity and source of conflict for the Bulldogs general manager, whose job Charlie seems to have taken. It's all a bit much for a kid just trying to stay on top of his grades and maintain his friendship with his verbal sparring partner, Anna. Like the best Disney film in book form, like Moneyball for kids, Fantasy League is every football kid's dream scenario.   Praise for FANTASY LEAGUE: * "This Moneyball story with kids is on the money."–Booklist, starred review  "The feel good book of the year."–VOYA “Readers will be alternately cheering and reaching for a tissue during the final playoff-deciding game for the Bulldogs. This will be devoured by young football fans.”–School Library Journal

30 review for Fantasy League

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    3.5 stars. There was so much I loved about this book, but a few disappointing aspects bring the rating down a smidge. The good: I love that the main character is an okay athlete...not the star, not horrible...just a solid player who loves the game. I love the fantasy/stats aspect--Charlie reminds me so much of my brother growing up--a brain full of endless sports stats. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mr. Warren--the fact that an elderly man is the best character in a YA book is fabulous. The not-so-good: T 3.5 stars. There was so much I loved about this book, but a few disappointing aspects bring the rating down a smidge. The good: I love that the main character is an okay athlete...not the star, not horrible...just a solid player who loves the game. I love the fantasy/stats aspect--Charlie reminds me so much of my brother growing up--a brain full of endless sports stats. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mr. Warren--the fact that an elderly man is the best character in a YA book is fabulous. The not-so-good: There were several spots that either had grammatical errors or strange grammatical choices--and since I've not noticed this before in a Lupica book, I'm going to guess the former. Also--I WANTED to love the fact that there was a girl character who knows everything about football, too...but Anna is SO unlikable. :( She comes off (to me, anyway) as a spoiled know-it-all who makes her friends feel bad when really they've done nothing wrong. Bummer.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    Personal Review I really enjoyed reading the book Fantasy League by Mike Lupica. I liked reading the book for a lot of reasons, but the main one was because my dream has always been to be able to do what Charlie does. I thought that being able to have input on a NFL team as a kid is really cool. I also liked how Charlie made decisions for the Bulldogs, but also played football for his team at the same time. I thought the ending of the book was very good too, with Joe Warren being able to see hi Personal Review I really enjoyed reading the book Fantasy League by Mike Lupica. I liked reading the book for a lot of reasons, but the main one was because my dream has always been to be able to do what Charlie does. I thought that being able to have input on a NFL team as a kid is really cool. I also liked how Charlie made decisions for the Bulldogs, but also played football for his team at the same time. I thought the ending of the book was very good too, with Joe Warren being able to see his team win a Super Bowl. Plot Summary Charlie is a kid that lives in L.A. with his mom. He is a fantasy football genius, and is friends with a girl who's family owns the L.A. Bulldogs. Charlie meets the owner, and advises him to sign Tom Pinkett. This turns out to be a very good move and the owner starts asking Charlie about a lot of football decisions. The media finds out that Charlie is calling the shots for the Bulldogs, and he becomes very famous. He ends up leading the Bulldogs to their first ever playoff birth, and Super Bowl win. Characterization Matt Warren changed a lot throughout the book. At first, he was the GM of the team and was always not happy. He would also fight with his dad a lot about what football decisions to make. When Charlie was brought on to make decisions, he was really upset. But as the book progressed, Matt became more accepting of Charlie and overall a happier person. Recommendation I would recommend this book to a lot of people. First, I would recommend it to any sports fan because I feel like they would really like this book. I would also recommend it to football fans because this book has a lot of good football information in it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cam F

    Fantasy League was one of my favorite books ever. It was about a boy named Charlie Gaines. Charlie is a bench warmer for his California football team. He may not play the but he has one heck of an IQ about it. When he is invited by his friend Anna to go see an L.A. Bulldogs preseason game, which her grandfather owns the team, he starts to gibe advice to the crummy team. He convinces the team to hire a veteran quarterback and he gets the team a win. This book was amazing! A theme for this book i Fantasy League was one of my favorite books ever. It was about a boy named Charlie Gaines. Charlie is a bench warmer for his California football team. He may not play the but he has one heck of an IQ about it. When he is invited by his friend Anna to go see an L.A. Bulldogs preseason game, which her grandfather owns the team, he starts to gibe advice to the crummy team. He convinces the team to hire a veteran quarterback and he gets the team a win. This book was amazing! A theme for this book is kids can be very smart and have great ideas. Charlie is very smart in many ways. He knows so much about the game of football. He gives the Bulldogs tips, and they are professionals. He was also the person that came up with the idea to recruit the new quarterback that gave them a win. That is my theme for this book. This book was outstanding! It was funny, interesting, and fun to read about a little kid that knew more than most adults. I loved this book so much! I would definitely recommend this book. I would read it again in no time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gus

    Personal Response I liked this book a lot. The book was very good except for the fact that it was fairly predictable. The overall plot was common to a lot of books I have read by this same author. I also thought that the main character was very similar to other characters that this author has written about. This book was a feel good story. I gave this book four out of five stars for the fact that although it was a good book, it was predictable a lot of the time. Plot The book's main character is a Personal Response I liked this book a lot. The book was very good except for the fact that it was fairly predictable. The overall plot was common to a lot of books I have read by this same author. I also thought that the main character was very similar to other characters that this author has written about. This book was a feel good story. I gave this book four out of five stars for the fact that although it was a good book, it was predictable a lot of the time. Plot The book's main character is a boy named Charlie Gaines. Charlie is a fantasy football genius who lives near the city of Los Angeles. He plays middle school football with his friends on the Culver City Cardinals. Charlie deems himself as a below average player and says that he really excels at being the brain of his team. He is great at being able to recognize plays and seeing the full potential of the players he watches. His best friend's name is Anna and she is the grand daughter of the owner of the Los Angeles Bulldogs. The bulldogs are a professional team that have been struggling to play good since Anna's grandpa, Joe Warren, created the team. Anna takes Charlie to a bulldog's preseason game where he meets Anna's grandpa. Charlie sees Joe as a fatherly figure so he tells Joe about a quarterback that Charlie likes. The next day, Joe signs the player that Charlie was talking about and they win their first two games of the regular season because of him. Later in the season, Charlie tells Joe to pick up a linebacker and Charlie's pick struggles at first. He takes a lot of criticism from the media and he takes it out on Anna. Charlie starts to focus more on his middle school team and he ends up becoming a starter for his team. After a practice, Joe stops by and he talks to Charlie and convinces him to ignore the media and to start helping Joe again. He also tells Charlie to patch things up with Anna. When Joe is about to leave, he tells Charlie that he is sick with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Charlie becomes very worried about Joe and promises Joe that he will do anything can to get Joe's team to win a super bowl before he dies. Charlie is able to patch things up with Anna and they start to go to games together just like before. When Charlie's team makes it to the championship, Anna comes and watches him make the game winning touchdown. Charlie is really excited but during the game he couldn't see Joe in the stands. This made him very worried but he is told that Joe was there he just had to stop at the hospital. A week before the last game of the bulldog's regular season, Joe is sent to the hospital due to a blood clot in his lung. Charlie is devastated that Joe won't be able to watch his team play for a playoff spot so he goes to watch the game at the hospital with Joe. The game is hard fought and the bulldogs are able to come out with a win and a playoff spot. When they win Joe is so happy that he is able to get up and dance. Characterization Charlie is very consistent with the way he acts throughout the book. Charlie is a very humble boy who thinks as much about himself as he does the people around him. He is a very caring person and he has a deep passion for the game of football. When he starts to pick players, he develops a little bit of an ego that is quickly stomped out by his friend Anna. He is very smart and he loves to help people. At the end of the book, his main goal is to be the best friend that Joe can have. Setting The setting of the book takes place near Los Angeles. I think that the time is in the future because Los Angeles currently doesn't have a pro football franchise. The players that the author mentions in the book are current so it has to be taking place in a relative time to now. This adds a huge importance to the pro team there because Los Angeles is a huge city. The fact that Los Angeles hasn't had a pro team in a while ups the importance that they do good. The presence of media adds a huge pressure to the main character's life. He is bombarded by the media throughout the end of the book and this wears huge on his life and puts a lot of stress on him to get picks right. Rating/Recommendation This book was fairly good except for the plot's predictability. This book is suited for anybody from middle school and up because the reading isn't very hard to comprehend. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes football. I think that people who play football will understand where the author is coming from better than people who don't play football. I believe this because the situations in the book are very football related. This book does have some serious moments regarding cancer so it may not interest younger readers. I think anyone from age ten and up can read this book because it isn't that complex of reading. I wouldn't really recommend this book to girls because it is centered around sports and it may be boring to them. The book is good for all ages because it isn't violent and it is a nice feel good read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jake Ruud

    I think the most important character is Tom Pinkett. Tom was an average quarterback who just keeps on aging. He isn't getting any better he's just getting worse. But once he's given a fresh start, he thrives and turns into a quarterback he was never supposed to be. He resembles the doubt and failure in your mind but then all you have to do is get a fresh start, and then you're good.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jack Vagianelis

    This story Is about a boy who Is a lover for football. Al tho he's a bench warm for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports radio host.

  7. 4 out of 5

    rORYHINSOn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is amazing!!! It's about a kid named Charlie who knows everything about football that you can possibly know. He is best friends with the granddaughter of the owner of his favorite NFL team, the LA Bulldogs. All of a sudden he is picking up players for the Bulldogs...but then Jow warren, the owner of the bulldogs, falls ill and has to stay in the hospital for the big game. What will happen?.............spoiler alert:JOE WARREN DOES NOT DIE!!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Darrion Lucas

    This is a good book especially if you are into football . Charlie is really into football just like me . That is why I really enjoy this book . SPOILER ALERT!!!!! he becomes the general manager . If you like football and the NFL you should read this book . Just like all mike Lupica books this one is great

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nick Alexander

    This book had a great story and a is an easy recommendation for any football fans. The book talks about a 12 year old boy Charlie Gaines, a fantasy football wiz and a LA Bulldogs superfan. The bulldogs haven't had a winning record since first entering the league as an expansion team. His friendship with Anna Warren allows him to meet the team's owner, Joe Warren, who is Anna's grandfather. His knowledge of football helps him scout out older. forgotten about players to give the team a chance for This book had a great story and a is an easy recommendation for any football fans. The book talks about a 12 year old boy Charlie Gaines, a fantasy football wiz and a LA Bulldogs superfan. The bulldogs haven't had a winning record since first entering the league as an expansion team. His friendship with Anna Warren allows him to meet the team's owner, Joe Warren, who is Anna's grandfather. His knowledge of football helps him scout out older. forgotten about players to give the team a chance for redemption, and gives Charlie a spot in the spotlight.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cian Fischer

    Personal response- To me Fantasy league was an amazing story from brains to brawn. It tells the story from the eyes of a lower class child who is a well of knowledge when it comes to football. It was interesting to see him able to use his scouting abilities, which he developed playing fantasy football, to help a professional football team improve. I enjoyed the comedic references and jokes given by characters. One of the other things I thought was cool about this book was there were many real pe Personal response- To me Fantasy league was an amazing story from brains to brawn. It tells the story from the eyes of a lower class child who is a well of knowledge when it comes to football. It was interesting to see him able to use his scouting abilities, which he developed playing fantasy football, to help a professional football team improve. I enjoyed the comedic references and jokes given by characters. One of the other things I thought was cool about this book was there were many real people used as characters in the book. Sure the team may not be real, but there were some interesting points of view given that early NFL expansion teams also had. The book was also of a newer style, and had connections to things we use in our everyday lives such as social media, which I also liked. Plot- The main viewpoint of Fantasy League comes from the eyes of a football “Know-it-all” (Charlie Gaines) who is known by his friends as the “Brain”. He isn’t the best athlete on the field, but he can break down every play the opposing offense, or defense, is doing and plan a way to stop them. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to football, and he can use it in the only way he knows. He uses his talents to analyze games and make fantasy football picks for both him and his friends. As time goes on he and his friend Anna watch their local pro football team, the L.A. Bulldogs, lose game after game showing no improvement. Finally, Charlie comes along and meets the owner of the team, Joe Warren (A.K.A. Anna’s grandfather). Charlie seems to enjoy sharing his football knowledge with Mr. Warren, such as which players he thinks could be signed on to help the team win more. As the new season goes on, the Bulldogs actually win some games. They have a chance at going to the playoffs and fulfilling Mr. Warren’s dreams for the team. By the end of the season, the team is firing on all cylinders and will go on to the playoffs just as Mr. Warren hoped. Then a huge twist is thrown in as Mr. Warren becomes sick and is near death. He’s still just as enthusiastic as he was before, and the Bulldogs are too. They go on to do well in the playoffs and bring joy to Mr. Warren and his family. Recommendation- I would recommend this book to any boy from age 10 to age 12. This is because I feel it is a lower reading level book and could easily be understood by anyone about that age. It is more of a boy book because it seems in depth in sports knowledge, and common knowledge is helpful to understand what the book is saying. The book is long and can take a while to read. I think that most football fans would like this book, and those who enjoy fantasy football (as that plays a large role in the book).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Charlie has a head for football statistics and can pick winning players out for the various fantasy leagues he is in. His best friend, Anna, is the granddaughter of Joe Warren, the owner of the Los Angeles Bulldogs. The team hasn't been doing very well, and has become the object of ridicule on local radio shows. Anna thinks that Charlie should do his own podcast in support of the team, and encourages him to talk about the players he thinks might help. Charlie has crunched the numbers and has som Charlie has a head for football statistics and can pick winning players out for the various fantasy leagues he is in. His best friend, Anna, is the granddaughter of Joe Warren, the owner of the Los Angeles Bulldogs. The team hasn't been doing very well, and has become the object of ridicule on local radio shows. Anna thinks that Charlie should do his own podcast in support of the team, and encourages him to talk about the players he thinks might help. Charlie has crunched the numbers and has some ideas for players that the Bulldogs should consider adding-- and mentions them to Joe. On of these is Tom Pinkett, whom everyone seems to think is too old, but whom Joe had rather wanted on the team. The general manager, Anna's Uncle Matt, disagreed. Tom is eventually brought onto the team, and later, another wild card picked by Charlie, the injured bad boy Sack Sutton, is brought on as well. The national media picks up on Charlie's involvement, and Joe feels that if he and Matt shy away from the publicity, it will look bad, so Charlie is invited to all the games. It doesn't help that Joe is fighting lymphoma, and his relationship with Matt is a delicate one. Charlie is leery of all of the attention because it takes a lot of time, and he's still trying to keep up with school and his own lukewarm career in Pop Warner football, where he is a big help to the coach but not as good on the field as he would like. Will Charlie's talents help him out in the long run, or cause him more troubles than they are worth? Strengths: Lots and lots of good information on football strategies and statistics. There are game descriptions for the Bulldogs as well as Charlie's Pop Warner games. I love that Anna is such a strong female character-- she knows her football, she likes technology, and she and Charlie have an easy friendship where they both respect the other. Tweens will love the brush with fame that Charlie has, and the family relationships are all positive and strong, even when less than ideal. Weaknesses: There's a bit too much discussion of Charlie's longing for his absent father for my taste, but Lupica does manages to stop just short of being maudlin about it. It does lay the foundation for Charlie's nice friendship with Joe.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matas Andrikonis

    "Fantasy League" by Mike Lupica is a really interesting book about the LA Bulldogs and a dream season. Many huge events happen in the book like Free Agent signings, Conflict between the staff, and much more. This book proves the fact that anything is possible. This book is a lot like our world because many people underestimate teams and they occasionally come out and prove themselves. The author has definitely made believe that anything is possible, and he made me more interested in sports books "Fantasy League" by Mike Lupica is a really interesting book about the LA Bulldogs and a dream season. Many huge events happen in the book like Free Agent signings, Conflict between the staff, and much more. This book proves the fact that anything is possible. This book is a lot like our world because many people underestimate teams and they occasionally come out and prove themselves. The author has definitely made believe that anything is possible, and he made me more interested in sports books than I already was. This was a sports book, that took place in LA when the NFL season started. I definitely felt like I was in LA watching a football game, to me the author described everything very well. The main characters are Anna, Charlies best friend and the LA coaches Mr. Warrens granddaughter, Charlie, the fantasy league master and a genius when it comes to football, and Mr. Warren the coach of the LA Bulldogs. You could picture the main characters in your head just because of how well the author describes the characters at the beginning of the book. While this book is great in almost every category it still has its flaws. One thing I thought it could've added on to was making the book longer and adding more to the end where huge event happens. Another flaw was how it could've had more characters instead of just 3-7 characters who are mentioned they should've had like 10-15 characters that are mentioned and take a place in a part of the book. The final flaw that I can think of is how it's all just about football I think that if there was more in the story than just football the story would've been even better than it already is. Those are all the flaws that I could think of because of how good the story is. I recommend this book to anyone who likes sports. This book includes many things that can happen in any sport like free agent signings and many more things. This book was also really realistic so I can recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. I personally think that Mike Lupica makes many great books this is not the only one. Overall "Fantasy League" is one of the best books I have ever read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Garrett Pope

    Personal Response: I thought this book was really good, because the plot is pretty interesting and the ending left me wanting to read the second book if there was one. I think this book should have more than just ending with the Bulldogs making the playoffs and should of ended with the Super Bowl. It should of also included the Pro Bowl too. I wish there was a second Fantasy League book. I think that when people read this book, they will want to read more books by Mike Lupica. Plot: Fantasy Leagu Personal Response: I thought this book was really good, because the plot is pretty interesting and the ending left me wanting to read the second book if there was one. I think this book should have more than just ending with the Bulldogs making the playoffs and should of ended with the Super Bowl. It should of also included the Pro Bowl too. I wish there was a second Fantasy League book. I think that when people read this book, they will want to read more books by Mike Lupica. Plot: Fantasy League by Mike Lupica is about a 12 year old boy named Charlie Gaines, who happens to be amazing at Fantasy Football. He is a backup linebacker for the Culver City Cardinals, which is a Pop Warner football team. Charlie has a friend named Anna Warren, who happens to be the granddaughter of the owner of the Los Angeles Bulldogs, a National Football League team. Charlie is so good at Fantasy Football, that Anna starts a podcast show just for Charlie called The Charlie Show where he makes predictions for each week of the NFL. His show becomes famous because of Kevin Fallon’s dad who has a sports show. Charlie becomes a star and meets Joe Warren, the owner of the Los Angeles Bulldogs and who is also Anna’s grandfather. Charlie ends up helping Mr. Warren improve the Los Angeles Bulldogs and helping the Culver City Cardinals win a couple of games. The Los Angeles Bulldogs are in the race for a spot in the playoffs, so they have to beat the Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks. The Bulldogs win against the Cowboys, but they are about to lose against the Seahawks. Mr. Warren says to take out Tom Pinkett and put in the star quarterback, but Charlie says that Tom Pinkett should stay in, so Mr. Warren keeps him in and Tom Pinkett throws a touchdown to win the game. The Warrens throw a huge party, because the Bulldogs make the playoffs, but the Bulldogs have to play the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the playoffs. Recommendation: I recommend this book to any boy ages twelve to nineteen, because it is a sports book and most boys these ages are into sports or are in sports.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zach Heisler

    Personal Response:I found this book very interesting, because I like football. It was cool to see how Charlie became close friends with Anna’s grandfather. Plot:Charlie and Anna liked hanging out at her house and they liked to talk about football as they watched the Los Angeles Bulldogs game. Anna’s grandpa was Joe Warren, he was also the owner of the Los Angeles Bulldogs. The Bulldogs weren’t the best football team, they lost a lot of games in the past. Anna thought that Charlie should start his Personal Response:I found this book very interesting, because I like football. It was cool to see how Charlie became close friends with Anna’s grandfather. Plot:Charlie and Anna liked hanging out at her house and they liked to talk about football as they watched the Los Angeles Bulldogs game. Anna’s grandpa was Joe Warren, he was also the owner of the Los Angeles Bulldogs. The Bulldogs weren’t the best football team, they lost a lot of games in the past. Anna thought that Charlie should start his own podcast in support of the football team. Charlie had thought a lot about his decision about bringing Tom Pinkett in to be the quarterback for Los Angeles Bulldogs. A couple days later the Bulldogs brought Tom in. Tom Pinkett led the Bulldogs to their first win. Joe Warren told Charlie to watch some films with Tom Pinkett to discuss how the linebacker knew when and where he was going to throw the ball. Charlie wanted to find someone else to replace the linebacker. He did a lot of research on Jack “Sack” Sutton to see if he was in good condition to play again. Jack came into the NFL a while back and played for the Jaguars. He was amazing on the field but off the field he would party, get drunk, and do drugs. Jack got injured and was cut from the team. Jack left football and became an actor after his injury. They realized that Jack ran a little slower than before he was hurt. They drafted Jack and he led them to a victory in their next game. The Los Angeles Bulldogs made it to the playoffs for the first time in a long time. Recommendation:I recommend this book to boys and girls in middle school, because it is at middle school reading level. It is a good learning experience about football. I also thought it taught people about fantasy leagues and how they work. I gave this book a five star rating.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hirzel

    Charlie is the main character. He loves football but doesn't have many friends. His best friend is Anna and his family owns the city football team the Bulldogs. Her grandpa had brought the team back to L.A a couple years before which is where they live. Charlie had a bad family life. His dad left him when he was younger and he has no idea where he is currently. The setting is present time in a suburb of L.A. The book is called fantasy football because charlie has immense knowledge of football. Al Charlie is the main character. He loves football but doesn't have many friends. His best friend is Anna and his family owns the city football team the Bulldogs. Her grandpa had brought the team back to L.A a couple years before which is where they live. Charlie had a bad family life. His dad left him when he was younger and he has no idea where he is currently. The setting is present time in a suburb of L.A. The book is called fantasy football because charlie has immense knowledge of football. All of his friends pay him to make fantasy football teams for them. He and anna end up making a podcast and they post one each week. A radio ends up sponsoring them and they end up getting a lot of fame from it. Charlie has struggles with dealing with the fame and still wanting to live a normal life and also not making anna’s uncle the team manager mad at him because he ends up almost taking his spot as team manager. I would refer this book to people that like football and understand how it's run. If you don't the book will kinda of leave you behind because it talks about the positions and owners a lot. Other than that Id say this is a great book. Also this book is a good feel story so it doesn't have much action. At times it can be exciting but I would not call it an action book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Trebley

    Charlie is a great person at fantasy football. He is called by his friends brain. He is even great at figuring out plays in real life too. His best friend, Anna, is the granddaughter of Joe Warren, owner of the L.A. Bulldogs a NFL team. He went to one of the games with Anna. They sat up in the owner's suite. Mr. Warren asked Charlie who do you think would be a good player soon? Charlie said that Tom Picknett would be a good pick. Charlie couldn't believe that they actually picked him. Charlie di Charlie is a great person at fantasy football. He is called by his friends brain. He is even great at figuring out plays in real life too. His best friend, Anna, is the granddaughter of Joe Warren, owner of the L.A. Bulldogs a NFL team. He went to one of the games with Anna. They sat up in the owner's suite. Mr. Warren asked Charlie who do you think would be a good player soon? Charlie said that Tom Picknett would be a good pick. Charlie couldn't believe that they actually picked him. Charlie didn't want anyone to know. The only person that knew about was Mr. Warren and Anna. The media found out because Anna was trying to defend Charlie from Kevin Fallon, whose dad is a radio host for ESPN. I think Charlie is going to tell everyone on his podcast that it is not a big deal.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alex Adell

    Fantasy League by Mike Lupica is a good book that I like a lot. There where many things I liked about it like how it was about football. Charlie the main character is like the football expert on anything football. He rules fantasy leagues, he know what play his opponent will do next just by reading there formation. Also he helps a owner of a professional football team choose players that might help there horrible history into a successful future. Charlie is the best package out there. One thing Fantasy League by Mike Lupica is a good book that I like a lot. There where many things I liked about it like how it was about football. Charlie the main character is like the football expert on anything football. He rules fantasy leagues, he know what play his opponent will do next just by reading there formation. Also he helps a owner of a professional football team choose players that might help there horrible history into a successful future. Charlie is the best package out there. One thing I didn't like about the book was that Charlie had problems in his life except while playing football for his team and this didn't really balance the problems he faced in the story. In conclusion I liked this book very much and would recommend it to my friends.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    This is one of my favorite books i have read in a long time.It is a story a young boy named Charlie and Charlie knows everything possible about football. He is a master at fantasy football and is the best at choosing players. He befriends a girl by the name of Anna and she is very smart and her grandfather happens to own the L.A. Bulldogs who just relocated back. Anna helps Charlie get a podcast going about his picks and the show ends up gaining a lot of popularity and gets recognized. Charlie e This is one of my favorite books i have read in a long time.It is a story a young boy named Charlie and Charlie knows everything possible about football. He is a master at fantasy football and is the best at choosing players. He befriends a girl by the name of Anna and she is very smart and her grandfather happens to own the L.A. Bulldogs who just relocated back. Anna helps Charlie get a podcast going about his picks and the show ends up gaining a lot of popularity and gets recognized. Charlie ends up giving Anna's grandfather advise about players and does everything he can to get the terrible team to the playoffs. I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about sports.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shalyn

    A 12-year-old boy, loves football. He loves the Los Angels Bulldog but, he never actually played, because he was always on the sideline. But, when his on the sideline he also likes to help the coaches if one of the football plays is wrong so, he helps them fix it because he mostly watches all the Los Angels Bulldogs. I think I like this book because it actually catches my eyes because I love football so much. I also like this like this book because it makes think that even though your on the sid A 12-year-old boy, loves football. He loves the Los Angels Bulldog but, he never actually played, because he was always on the sideline. But, when his on the sideline he also likes to help the coaches if one of the football plays is wrong so, he helps them fix it because he mostly watches all the Los Angels Bulldogs. I think I like this book because it actually catches my eyes because I love football so much. I also like this like this book because it makes think that even though your on the sideline you still can achieve by helping your coaches or more.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nabeel Qureshi

    In this book Fantasy League by Mike Lupica the main charecter Charlie has his best friend Anna convince him to have a podcast about football. Even though Charliw is a backup for his school he has attracted Annas grandpas attention who happens to be the owner of the L.A. Bulldogs. When Annas grandpa takes Charlies advice and he turns out a genious his life gets twisted and people finally look up to the kid who is wise beyond his years. Overall this book was absolutly amazing and there wasnt wanyt In this book Fantasy League by Mike Lupica the main charecter Charlie has his best friend Anna convince him to have a podcast about football. Even though Charliw is a backup for his school he has attracted Annas grandpas attention who happens to be the owner of the L.A. Bulldogs. When Annas grandpa takes Charlies advice and he turns out a genious his life gets twisted and people finally look up to the kid who is wise beyond his years. Overall this book was absolutly amazing and there wasnt wanything I did not like.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jagger Cummings

    I think this is a very good book. I rated it 4 stars because I think the story was a little bit hard to get into. As the book progressed I found myself getting more and more in the story. The ending was really good and I would like to know what happened in the playoffs!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ian Rhines

    This was one of the best football books I have ever read. I always love the books that Mike Lupica writes! I can't wait for the next one!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jake Funaki

    I liked it because it was about a boy who loved football like me and the L.A Bulldogs were an interesting team.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brogan Bennett

    I didn't really like this book. It was not like most of the Mike Lupica books and didn't really catch on. I would recommend it to anyone who loves sports statistics.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Koda

    This was very interesting and fun book to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to follow football, or anyone who plays football.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    Mike Lupica isn't afraid to mix up his storytelling formula, at least to a certain extent. Sometimes his main characters are prodigies of the sport they love, like Michael Arroyo in Heat, a twelve-year-old power pitcher who could dominate any batter stepping into the box against him, or Ben McBain in the Game Changers series, an instinctive playmaker with high sports IQ and a knack for being in the right spot to make the big play when his team needs him most. In other Mike Lupica novels, the ki Mike Lupica isn't afraid to mix up his storytelling formula, at least to a certain extent. Sometimes his main characters are prodigies of the sport they love, like Michael Arroyo in Heat, a twelve-year-old power pitcher who could dominate any batter stepping into the box against him, or Ben McBain in the Game Changers series, an instinctive playmaker with high sports IQ and a knack for being in the right spot to make the big play when his team needs him most. In other Mike Lupica novels, the kid protagonist has a huge heart but without size or athletic talent to match, like little Scott Parry in Two-Minute Drill, a football player with an excellent head on his shoulders but whose contributions on the field are limited. The main characters are also surrounded by a significant variety of best friends to help them through their challenges on and off the field, ready to be there with earnest advice or encouragement when the protagonist inevitably falters. Fantasy League is yet another example of Mike Lupica's ability to change the rhythm and style of his books, the story of fantasy football guru Charlie Gaines and the improbable mark he makes on a National Football League franchise. Charlie crushes the opposition in his recreational fantasy football leagues year after year, and his dominance is no matter of luck. He observes what other fantasy leaguers can't be bothered to notice on the football field, the minute indicators that a player is trending upward or down, and it pays off in his weekly fantasy results. Charlie has loved football his whole life, but the dream came alive in a new way when negotiations to restore an NFL team to Los Angeles produced the L.A. Bulldogs, a hometown expansion franchise for Charlie and his best friend Anna to obsess over. The two of them watched nearly every down played by the hapless Bulldogs on television last season, but Anna's connection to the team owner (her wealthy grandfather, Mr. Warren) gives them a unique in to do more than watch the Bulldogs lose on television this year. Losing is practically all the Bulldogs did their first few seasons in the NFL, as expansion squads normally do, but L.A. media is less patient than most for their gridiron boys to progress into a playoff contender. When Anna starts bringing Charlie to watch games in the owner's box with her and Mr. Warren, encouraging Charlie to opine freely about the team in her grandfather's presence, Mr. Warren takes interest in Charlie's sagacious remarks. Charlie wins every fantasy league he has a hand in for good reason, and a suggestion or two he casually offers Mr. Warren pays stunning dividends when the owner chooses to implement them, overriding general manager Matt Warren (his own son) and bringing in a thirty-eight-year-old castoff quarterback and an injury-prone former linebacker who traded in his pads for a shot at Hollywood stardom several seasons ago. Anna believed in Charlie's football brain from go, but as his role advising Mr. Warren expands, so does his reputation as a gridiron genius in the greater Los Angeles area. Radio call-in shows and television reports buzz about the twelve-year-old acting GM of the L.A. Bulldogs and the turnaround effect he's had on the team, lifting a down-and-out pack of Dogs to compete for one of six coveted NFL playoff berths. "It doesn't matter how old or young you are: The truth will always catch up with you eventually...Best thing is to own the truth from the start, whether you like it or not." —Mr. Warren, Fantasy League, P. 117 Charlie isn't afraid to tell seventy-nine-year-old Mr. Warren the truth as he sees it about the Bulldogs, even when the truth hurts, and that's part of Charlie's early success picking injury replacements for the team while Matt Warren struggles under the burden of trying to please his father. But Mr. Warren soon becomes something of a father figure to Charlie as well, whose own father skipped town years ago, leaving Charlie and his mother to be a family of two. Despite his overfull schedule, Mr. Warren even makes time to attend some of Charlie's youth football games. Charlie is less than a game-wrecker on the scaled-down gridiron, a backup linebacker who tries hard and produces good plays every now and then, but this season his superior schematic football awareness is brought to the attention of his coach. After watching so much professional ball at home and in the stadium with Anna, dissecting player tendencies and reading option calls like a book, Charlie sees more than even his coaches as the season commences for his Culver City Cardinals. If the opposing QB unconsciously telegraphs when he's going to check down to the tight end, Charlie is there to audible on defense and break up the play. If a certain pre-snap formation indicates pass or run, Charlie has it figured out before the quarterback takes the ball, and he's ready to counteract the strategy. When Charlie is named unofficial assistant player-coach, he has the opportunity to impact games way more than he did as just a reserve linebacker. This will be a year to remember for both Charlie's teams, the Bulldogs and the Cardinals. But making pressure decisions in a win-now professional league is tough. The first time a Charlie personnel move for the Bulldogs turns sour, the Los Angeles media is quick to jeer, jumping on Mr. Warren for trusting the judgment of a seventh-grader. Charlie has known success for so long as an architect of fantasy teams that he's not accustomed to his picks being second-guessed or ridiculed, but the NFL is a demanding arena where coordinators, head coaches, and general managers are dismissed without hesitation if they make a few dubious moves. You win now or hit the road, that's the prevailing attitude in the NFL of this era (which, judging from hints in the story, is probably 2016 or 2017), and kid hotshots are given an even shorter leash. It's not just Charlie's "professional" reputation taking a hit, either. Charlie is very close friends with Anna, and may want to be more than friends in three or four years. In spite of her know-it-all-ism and brash personality, it was Anna who brought Charlie's football savvy to her grandfather's attention, or he never would have been in position to influence executive decisions of the team the three of them so dearly love. With Charlie suddenly an Orange County media star, he and Anna have started getting on each other's nerves, and relational icebergs abound when the smooth sailing of Charlie's preliminary success with the Bulldogs enters uncharted waters. Working out conflict with Anna isn't easy, but Charlie has Mr. Warren to turn to for advice, and Mr. Warren accommodates him as impartially as possible. With the season entering its homestretch and the L.A. Bulldogs and Charlie's Culver City Cardinals both in hot pursuit of playoff spots—the Bulldogs vying for their first postseason in franchise history—Charlie finds out there are more important considerations in life than even championship football runs. The game is a wonderful pastime to share with loved ones, has brought Charlie into a family he probably wouldn't have become part of without the shared interest of football, but there's a lot left for Charlie to learn if he's to be as smart in the ways of the world as he is at playing GM for the L.A. Bulldogs. With his mother, and Anna, and Mr. Warren by his side, all of whom care about Charlie deeply, he's going to be all right regardless of the fate of his two favorite football squads. As usual, the trademark nuggets of Mike Lupica's sporting wisdom find their way into Fantasy League. At one point Charlie is trying to decide whether to Google his own name on the internet after his fame spreads in L.A., wanting to see what the pundits say about a kid his age advising the owner of the Bulldogs. Charlie thinks back to an author who visited his school last year and told the student body he never Googles his own name. Why isn't it important what online critics are saying? "If I don't know them, why should I care about what they only think they know about me?" That's a healthy philosophy to maintain as a celebrity of any degree. In a free society it's easy to speak unkind words and verbally snipe at people who seem larger than life, but they are still human and can be hurt by the careless barbs of others. It's best for high-profile individuals to ignore public chatter and focus on performing well in their field of accomplishment. And of course Mike Lupica reminds us, through the words of Mr. Warren, what a precious gift it is to be a young athlete on game day, aware or unaware that you're creating memories you'll treasure for a lifetime. "I'm...the one telling you to enjoy all our Sundays, Charlie," Mr. Warren says. "But I forget to tell you the same goes for these Saturdays of yours, too. Because someday you're going to look back on them and think you'd give everything you own to just get one of them back." Savor your moment in the spotlight, when the outcome of an athletic contest may rely on your split-second timing, an excited crowd cheering you on and taking delight when your team emerges victorious. That's the sweetness of athletics at its best, and it's what Mike Lupica's junior novels are all about. Mike Lupica has written some fantastic books: Heat, Long Shot, Safe at Home, The Big Field, and The Underdogs, to name just a handful. In my opinion Fantasy League doesn't live up to those five, but it has its moments. The smooth Lupica style is very much intact, from the personality of the characters to the use of short sentences that are best for fully immersing readers in game action. I almost decided to rate Fantasy League one and a half stars, but I think I'll give it the full two. I appreciate the difficulties of constructing a story that has a rigidly defined timeframe, yet trying to maximize its appeal decades or centuries into the future. The NFL's overemphasis on quarterbacks and the passing game was a big deal in 2014 (the year Fantasy League was originally published), but trends rapidly shift and stockpiling talent in new favorite positions gains popularity, changing how the game is played and officiated, for better or worse. I do like that ESPN NFL reporter Sal Paolantonio is worked into the story, a nice measure of respect for a contemporary of Mike Lupica's. If you enjoy the author's other work, you're likely to have fun with Fantasy League, and I recommend it especially for reluctant young readers interested in sports. Kids who crave football will love the ins and outs of this novel, and there's no better way to help someone learn the rewards of being a reader than having them start on a subject they're already passionate about. If Fantasy League accomplishes that, it's a winner in my book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jack S

    Fantasy League by Mike Lupica demonstrates working hard through obstacles is the way to achieve great dreams. In this realistic fiction novel, Charlie, a 12 year-old fantasy football geek lives in Los Angeles and watches football every Sunday with his best friend, Anna. He is so good at fantasy football that his picks were broadcasted on the radio across all of Los Angeles. What an amazing accomplishment for a young boy! Los Angeles Bulldogs Owner, Joe Warren, hears of Charlie’s great football k Fantasy League by Mike Lupica demonstrates working hard through obstacles is the way to achieve great dreams. In this realistic fiction novel, Charlie, a 12 year-old fantasy football geek lives in Los Angeles and watches football every Sunday with his best friend, Anna. He is so good at fantasy football that his picks were broadcasted on the radio across all of Los Angeles. What an amazing accomplishment for a young boy! Los Angeles Bulldogs Owner, Joe Warren, hears of Charlie’s great football knowledge and invites him to a Bulldogs practice. After a few beneficial and massive changes that Charlie makes for the team, Joe offers Charlie an important position with the Bulldogs. Charlie is now faced with the life-changing decision of taking the position or remaining the normal, merry kid he once was. What would you do in that situation? I was fairly certain how Fantasy League would end since I have read many books are about the underdog coming out on top. I could relate to Charlie from my days as a 9 year old on the flag football team. In our last game of the year, I finally was moved from center and ran the ball for a touchdown! This text supports my feeling, “The Culver City Cardinals beat Santa Monica on Saturday morning and as good as that news was, the better news was that it could not have happened without the contributions of Charlie Gaines.” I cannot imagine how Charlie felt spending time with players he admired. I was excited just being close to the Cubs players at Spring Training. Lupica writes, “Charlie smiled. He was smiling in the small, dark theater because he was in this room with him, the great Tom Pinkett, someone he never thought he’d get anywhere near.” I liked the clear, descriptive style of Lupica’s writing. I feel the coach’s honesty and kindness when he says, “I don’t know how much you are going to play this season, kid. But I’ve got this feeling you’re going to make a contribution.” It is important to remember that you can make a difference even if you are not the star of a team. “Once he got out there, and got over his nerves, something that happened faster that he thought it would, he felt good. Very good.” I found this to be an uplifting, easy read that most middle school boys would enjoy reading. It is a feel-good football story and incorporates details about how the game is played. The behind the scenes studying and finding the right mix of players is one of the keys to success. It is important to remember there are “stars” on and off the field. If you like the movie, Rudy, you will love reading Fantasy League!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ben Monahan

    Fantasy League by Mike Lupica is a sports thriller that gives you a taste of both football and real-life situations. I loved this book because it always kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what’s going to happen next, especially during the L.A. Bulldogs games! The theme of this book is the small man can know more than the big man, because in the book, Charlie suggests to the owner of the L.A. Bulldogs to sign an old wash up QB who hadn’t played well in many years, so the owner took a gambl Fantasy League by Mike Lupica is a sports thriller that gives you a taste of both football and real-life situations. I loved this book because it always kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what’s going to happen next, especially during the L.A. Bulldogs games! The theme of this book is the small man can know more than the big man, because in the book, Charlie suggests to the owner of the L.A. Bulldogs to sign an old wash up QB who hadn’t played well in many years, so the owner took a gamble and signed him. Later that season, he plays like an MVP. The theme is similar to the story David and Goliath because while Goliath was strong, David used strategy to defeat Goliath. I would compare this to Left Out by Tim Green because they are both about underdogs fighting through adversity and beating the odds to get to the top. Fantasy League is a realistic fiction book, and takes place in L.A., on present-day. I enjoyed the way the author described the settings because I felt like I was in the owner’s box watching the L.A. Bulldogs drive down the field. Charlie, the main character, seems like a normal kid, plays backup linebacker for his school team and not the most popular kid in school, but when it comes to football, he is a genius. Anna, Charlie’s best friend and the granddaughter of the owner of the L.A. Bulldogs, is a bossy girl who may not seem like it, but knows everything there is about football. Joe Warren, the owner of the L.A. Bulldogs, is a hip and jubilant old man who would do anything in the world to see the L.A. Bulldogs make the playoffs. In this story, Charlie goes to a Bulldogs preseason game with Anna, and they go sit in the owner’s box with Joe Warren. During the game, Charlie makes a suggestion about a player that could help the team. Little did Charlie know, he would be setting himself up for a once in a lifetime opportunity! I loved the author’s writing style because it made everything so vivid to me, like when Jack “Sack” Sutton came up big when he made some unbelievable plays to win some very close games for the Bulldogs. I could connect with situations that Charlie was in, like when his teammates give him a hard time about something. Overall, this book was really well thought out, well written, and well put together and I always had trouble putting the book down! I’d definitely recommend this book to middle schoolers, more specifically, ones who enjoy underdog stories or sports stories. I recommend this not only because it was very intriguing , but also because it was very inspiring. What happens to Charlie after his first successful player suggestion? You’ll have to read to find out!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Noah Levine

    Fantasy League by Mike Lupika was an amazing book that the theme was to be yourself and when you are yourself you can accomplish anything. I believe that an idea the author wanted me to take away from this book would be that you don't have to be athletic and super aggressive to be an awesome athlete. It compares to the world because lots of people know that they are smart and intelligent but they don't want to try being active and becoming and athlete because they don't want to get hurt. In this Fantasy League by Mike Lupika was an amazing book that the theme was to be yourself and when you are yourself you can accomplish anything. I believe that an idea the author wanted me to take away from this book would be that you don't have to be athletic and super aggressive to be an awesome athlete. It compares to the world because lots of people know that they are smart and intelligent but they don't want to try being active and becoming and athlete because they don't want to get hurt. In this book, the main character, Charlie is very smart and he is on the football team but wants to stay on the sideline because he doesn't believe he can do what he wants to do. The genre of this book is sports and it takes place at the LA. Bulldogs stadium, at Charlie's, his best friend Ana's house, or at school. The main action in this story is when the LA. Bulldogs make it to the Superbowl because of charlies intelligent football mind. The author does make me feel like I am living in the book because he uses many great adjectives to describe the setting. Charlie the main character feels so believable because he seems like an everyday 12 year old boy. I believe that the books strengths were the ideas the author came up with and how the described them so magnificently. Some weaknesses on the other hand would be how at some points in the story, I got lost but after a page or so, he made it all clear again. What I like about Mike Lupika's writing style is the way he can move from one setting to the other and one conversation or place in time to the other. Once in the book he blends the night before the Superbowl and the day of super well. There is nothing I dislike about his writing style. He writes his book so flawlessly. I would recommend this book because the book is so well written and it drags you into the book so well. I think that anyone would like this book even if they don't like sports. It is more than a sports story, it could fit into anybody's selection of books. I believe this because it has so many different parts in the story that has a different genre. Lots of people go up to the book and say, "sports, no" but when you start reading it, it isn't all sports. it's so many things! Next time you go to the library to get a book, look for Fantasy League and go read it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cole Clawson

    The book I read was Fantasy League by Mike Lupica. In this book, it does really shows you how if you share your opinions, people will listen, because it just might help them out. This is probably one of Mike Lupica’s best yet; but that would be saying that it’s one of the tallest midgets in the literature world. In this realistic fiction novel, a fantasy football genius, Charlie Gaines, gets his shot in the real world when the owner of his hometown LA Bulldogs, Joe Warren (AKA his best friend’s The book I read was Fantasy League by Mike Lupica. In this book, it does really shows you how if you share your opinions, people will listen, because it just might help them out. This is probably one of Mike Lupica’s best yet; but that would be saying that it’s one of the tallest midgets in the literature world. In this realistic fiction novel, a fantasy football genius, Charlie Gaines, gets his shot in the real world when the owner of his hometown LA Bulldogs, Joe Warren (AKA his best friend’s gramps) listens to his football brain. Mike Lupica does a great job of creating the characters of this story to be very believable. By the first two or three chapters, you already feel like you know Charlie and his friend, Anna, personally. Another strength of this book is the level of it’s complexity. It isn’t very complex, which makes it a fun and easy read. I do have some criticism for this book, though. This book was very predictable, like many other books written by Mike Lupica. I also feel that it was very much like plots of most his other books. “The underdog comes through in the end” or “the kid who doesn’t make the team becomes a star” are some common ones he uses in almost every book. By a quarter of the way into the book you already know what’s going to happen. For example, when Charlie tells Mr. Warren about the skills of Tom Pinkett, you know almost immediately know that Tom Pinkett is going to lead the team to victories, because that’s just the way Lupica’s books go. But I will give him some credit because he did add in failure I never thought would come from Jack Sutton, a player Charlie picked up from his retirement. Overall, I think that Mike Lupica’s Fantasy League is a great choice for 4th grade to 8th grade readers that love the game of football, because in my opinion, even though it may be very predictable and like many other of Lupica’s books, this is one of the most interesting football stories. Also, if you like to read other books by Mike Lupica, I think this is a great read for you. Overall, I think Mike Lupica has earned a 3 out of 5 stars.

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