Monday, May 19, 2008

Tim Tharp. KNIGHTS OF THE HILL COUNTRY

The Kennisaw Knights in the hill country of Oklahoma are on their way to a fifth undefeated season of football. Football and the football legends of the past are about the most important things in this small Oklahoma town. Since Hampton Green is the star linebacker, he feels the pressure of finishing the season on a high note. But things are changing during his senior year. He becomes friends with a girl that makes him begin to realize that there might be more important things in life than football. When Hampton begins to question the ways things have always gone, he encounters resistance from his best friend and other players on the team. Will he be able to begin thinking for himself?
I really enjoyed the way the author created the setting and mood of this small town. You could feel it in the characterization, particularly with the dialect. He was most certainly familiar with the way people speak in small town Oklahoma (and some places in Texas) otherwise, he couldn’t have pulled it off so well. There were times when I felt like I was listening to some of my relatives talk. He really brought this small town to life.
Bottom line: if you like football, you’ll love this one!