The John Curtis Patriots were an unlikely football dynasty. A small, nondescript, family-run school, buildings constructed by hand by the school's founding patriarch, no stadium of its own. The team plays an old-school offense, and head coach J.T. Curtis insists on a no-cut policy, giving every kid who wants to play a chance. As of 2005, they'd won 19 state championships in Curtis's thirty-five years of coaching, making him the second most winning high school coach ever. Curtis teaches players how to transcend their natural talents, to play with purpose, respect, dignity, perseverance, and teamwork, showing them how to be winners not only on the gridiron, but in life. Hurricane Katrina would put those lessons to the test. Hurricane Season is the story of a great coach, his team, his family, and their school -- and a remarkable fight back from tragedy. It is a story of football and faith, and of the transformative power of a team that rises above adversity, and above its own abilities, to come together and prove what they're made of. It is the gripping story of how, as one player put it, "football became my place of peace."
“Thompson shapes a moving scene in which one player, then a trickle more, and then nearly 50 arrive in a steady stream of cars for their first post-hurricane practice. It has an effect similar to that of seeing the miles-long line of cars waiting to visit the spectral baseball field that Kevin Costner carved out of his Iowa corn in Field of Dreams.” -The New York Times
“Thompson personalizes the Katrina tragedy in a way all sports fans can relate to. You don’t even have to be a sports fan … It’s not often a non-fiction sports book will put a lump in your throat.” -Montreal Gazette
“The scenes of the hurricane, its aftermath and the difficult season will move even the stoniest of hearts. ‘Friday Night Lights’ in crisis mode, this book packs an undeniable emotional punch.” -Publisher’s Weekly
“One unforgettable season” -Entertainment Weekly
"Hurricane Season is a powerful book about who we are, and who we each strive to be. It is also the song sung by real people succeeding to complete the mission each has been called to, often against seemingly impossible odds. I think this is a beautiful read for parents of both boys and girls, and I believe it's an especially powerful book for parents, mentors, and teachers of boys and young men." -Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys
"The concept of 'overcoming adversity' is certainly nothing new in the world of sports. Here, though, we see a truly extraordinary example of boys and men facing raw trauma and striking back with both passion and purpose." -Jeffrey Marx, author of A Season of Life