by Thomas Cochran

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Once in a while you get a second chance. For Travis Cody this is one of those times. His team, the Oil Camp Roughnecks, is facing the Pineview Pelicans for the state championship. Travis will have forty-eight minutes head-to-head with rival Jericho Grooms. Forty-eight minutes to redeem himself for letting Grooms break him on the play that cost the Roughnecks an undefeated season. Forty-eight minutes to prove he isn’t a quitter.

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ISBN-13: 9780152022006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/08/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 768,991
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

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Roughnecks 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Travis Cody is senior at Oil Camp High School, and plays football for the Oil Camp Roughnecks. Travis and hid team do very well during regular season and only loose one game, but the one game that they lost was to the Pineview Pelicans their rivals. The reason that they lost to the Pelicans was because Travis missed hi block on a two point conversion and Jerico Grooms, one of the best nose guards in the state of Louisiana from Pinevewe, tackled the fullback stopping the two point conversion causing the Roughnecks to loose seven to six. Travis gets lucky though and gets a second chance to beat the Pelicans in the State Championship game. Throughout the day Travis performs his daily rituals before a game. Like in the morning he eats toast, and then he reads the paper, ect. After the town pep rally the team heads down to the football field to prepare for the games. This book had some things in it that I liked and it had some things that I didn¿t like. One thing that I liked about it was how the author made it so that Travis was telling the story which gave you a better understanding of what Travis felt. One thing that I didn¿t like about the book was how the author went into every little detail of Travis¿s day which got boring. Another thing that I liked about the book was when the author talked about the game that the Roughnecks lost. I didn¿t like how the author only talked about one play out of the whole state game, and he didn¿t even tell you who won the game. Thomas Cochran is the author of the book and it is not part of a series. This book kind of reminds me of the movies Friday Night Lights because the team in the movie is good too. If you are a person that likes a lot of detail and very little action than I think that you would like this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Travis Cody an Oil Camp Roughneck football player and his team made it to the championship against a team they lost to during the regular season. The Pineview Pelicans a team that plays dirty and they got a very good player Jerico Grooms. Last time the two teams played Jerico made Travis mess up, and Travis cost his team the game which also cost them an undefeated season. Now that Travis and his team have to play them in the championship Travis has a chance to redeem himself. Travis has also being getting home calls and the callers have been telling him why did you cost us the game. Travis has also had one person who has encouraged him and that is his brother Glen. Glen has been telling him to not worry about what happened last time be good when it counts. He got to play good now so you¿ll have to find out if Travis redeems himself. To tell you some likes I had about the book. One thing was that I liked was the way the author had the people were telling him that he isn¿t good and he better do better next time. Another thing is that I liked the way the author explain the way his brother talked to him and told him to forget what people were telling him. One dislike I had was that the author didn¿t explain how Jerico made Travis mess up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever stepped out onto a football field on Friday night? The feeling you get is unimaginable. The feelings you get while playing the game knowing that all the practices you went through has finally paid off. Well in the book Roughnecks it tells you how that feeling is and shows you the hardships a player deals with. It starts off with Travis (the main character) waking up and him talking to you about himself and what Oil Camp the town he lives in, and how they are all about football. Where it means everything to them. He then goes into how good the football team is and how they are on their way to state. The team¿s only loss came to the rival town Pineville and their all-state football player in Jericho Grooms. Travis is an average football player as well but nothing compared to the monster Grooms. He¿s very athletic but is kind of sensitive when it comes to things about his family and his girlfriend Nita. He¿s sensitive to the fact about his family because he only has his mother and his brother left. He lost both his grandfather and father in an accident that deals with the oil refinery in Oil Camp. This is all a problem for Travis but the main problem is the game he had before with Grooms and how he blew it in the final seconds, which resulted in Oil Camps only loss in the season. The whole town wants revenge on Pineview and wants to beat them in the state championship game. And everywhere Travis goes he is reminded of how he blew the big game against them the first time and if he will be able to overcome it or crash and burn under the pressure again. All of this and still he has to deal with his family and his girlfriend. Cochran shows the true meaning of what it¿s like to play high school football. It shows how the coach treats a player and how the coach pushes you to be better than you already are. He also shows the team aspect of the game. Like how close the team has to be in order to be good. While I was reading this book it reminded me of a game on Friday night, and how close you are to your friends on the team. If you ever played football and know how it feels to be a football player this book is a must read for you. If you ever saw Friday Night Lights and liked that you probably like this book because it¿s about the same. Will Travis finally redeem himself against rival Pineview? Will he win the state championship for Oil Camp? Will he win a state title? Something his father and brother never did. If you¿re a fan of football this book is a must read for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas Cochran¿s novel Roughnecks is a story about a long tradition of football greatness in Oil Camp, Louisiana. It goes through the daily game day routine of the main character Travis Cody, who is the starting center and defensive tackle. He has a tough task in the 1AA state championship trying to handle the all-state nose guard, Jericho Grooms. He goes through many rituals and events like he does on every game day. The state championship is on a Saturday so his usual schedule is a little out of whack because he has to try to fit in working at the gas station. He still does his best to keep his schedule as similar as he can by wearing the same double cotton turtleneck to asking Beep for a comb at the pep rally. The Negatives on this book are that it would be hard to relate to if you don¿t have any interest in football. It¿s easy to lose interest in this book because it takes place within one day. Cochran did a good job of showing the emotions and the pressure that high school football brings on the players. I couldn¿t really relate to the book because it was based on a lineman. I really lost interest because you wouldn¿t think of a lineman being the ¿stud¿ of the team. Other than that though, I thought the book was well written and brought back a lot of memories of my last game. I would recommend Roughnecks to someone who likes football.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Roughnecks is a wonderful Highschool Football story. Travis Cody makes a mistake in perhaps one of the most important games of his life, the district championship against the Pineview Pelicans, but is given a second chance in the Louisiana state championship game, where Oil Camp will again face the Pelicans. Knowing that not many second chances come in life, Cody does his best to prepare himself to face Jericho Grooms, A sure division one college signee. Cody has to do a lot of soul searching to decide whether he has what it takes to beat Jericho Grooms. His Job is simple keep Grooms occupied long enough for a play to develop. I would recomend this book to anyone who has ever played football. As a football player you can relate a lot to Cody in the Roughnecks. Even if you have never played football though, Thomas Cochran has done a wonderful job of writing this book, and i would recomend it to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like books about Football and you would love Roughnecks by Thomas Cochran. This book takes place in an Oil Camp, a small oil-mining town in North Louisiana. It brings you through the last day of Travis Cody¿s senior football season, right before he plays his last game. He is a good football player that is trying to get a scholarship to college so he can keep playing football, the game he loves. But there is one problem. He has to play the whole game against his districts best player, Jericho Grooms. Can he lead his team to victory and win the state championship against his team¿s archrival the Pineview Pelicans. You have to read to find out. Roughnecks is a great book that is very well written. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes football and enjoys reading about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was written decently, although the informative form of writting got boring after a while. The ending of the book was a real let down. There was no CLIMAX in this book. One play in a game and it's over! Even so...he had good character development
Guest More than 1 year ago
Roughnecks is a realistic book and anyone who has played high school football can relate.I liked the story because it brought me into the book and made me remember all the pressures and injuries and people when you are a high school athlete.This book is not for everyone though...if you are not into a third person piont of view throughout a whole book then this book won't pull you in like it did me. One main character's life (Travis Cody) is what the book is about. Most of the book is the main character's flashbacks.Some would say that Roughnecks leaves you hanging, but they are wrong.They either didn't connect with the book or don't have a passion for football.I highly recommend this book to anyone who plays football,has a love for football, or has never played high school football at all and wants to find out what an impact it makes on an athletes life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!! I am a football manager and that's how it is!! It was fun for once to see it from a guys point of view though! I would totally tell anyone to read this book!! It's GREAT!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Roughnecks was a book about how a Football Player overcame a past mistake to become a better football player and a better person. I loved it because It really showed the tension showing up to a football game and how sometimes people won't let go of certain mistakes no matter how good you get. The only part I disliked was how the ending was so unclear. We learn that he achieves what he wanted by pancaking him first play and the play goes off. But I wouldn't be so frustrated if they had done the whole game. But that could lead up to a sequal. Well that's all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the best book I have ever read. I have been going to the Penn High School football games for the past two years.This year will be the start of the third. And the first year they got to the semi-state and then were defeated 7-9. It was there only loss of the season. The next year they lost to Ben Davis the second game. But this only made them stronger. The went on the the state finals but ended up facing BD again and lost by a much greater margin. But anyway I read the book in 3 days on my trip to Indy and back home. I could understand where the players were coming from and it really touched me. I was going through the same thing. I had actually experiecned it. It was like I could feel what the characters were going through. Even though i didnt play on the football team it just made it a reality and it felt like I was right there on the field with them. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read. I really hope he writesmore books. I know i will read every one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! It's true too. I am a football manager and this is how it is. It's a great first novel and I hope he writes more!