The Option

From the Series The Red Zone

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

On any other team, Gary Jayo would be a starting quarterback. But because he plays for the Troy Central High Trojans, he lives his life in the shadow of Shane Hunter. Shane is a high school football superstar, and he doesn’t mind rubbing it in Gary’s face.

After Gary records a video of Shane driving drunk, he decides that even a star QB isn’t scandal-proof. He hatches a plan to expose Shane and take the starter’s spot. But will Troy’s head coach try to protect his top player? And when Gary discovers the cause of Shane’s dangerous behavior, will he change his mind?

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.4
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF059060, YAF011000, YAF058080
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 600
ATOS Reading Level 4.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 166515
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Author: Herman Brown

Herman Brown is the author of the third book in Darby Creek's Red Zone series, The Option. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.



“These books can be effortlessly advertised to boys reading below grade level who still maintain an interest in contemporary topics. This series will be an easy selection to stock on school shelves.” —VOYA