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On the west bank of the Mississippi lies the New Orleans neighborhood of Algiers. 

Short on hope but big on dreams, its mostly poor and marginalized residents find joy on Friday nights when the Cougars of Edna Karr High School take the field. For years, this football program has brought glory to Algiers, winning three consecutive state championships and sending dozens of young men to college on football scholarships.

Although he is preparing for a fourth title, Head Coach Brice Brown is focused on something else: keeping his players alive. An epidemic of gun violence plagues New Orleans and its surrounding communities and has claimed many innocent lives, including Brown’s former star quarterback, Tollette “Tonka” George, shot near a local gas station.

In Across the River, award-winning sports journalist Kent Babb follows the Karr football team through its 2019 season as Brown and his team - perhaps the scrappiest and most rebellious group in the program’s history - vie to again succeed on and off the field. What is sure to be a classic work of sports journalism, Across the River is a necessary investigation into the serious realities of young athletes in struggling neighborhoods: gentrification, eviction, mental health issues, the drug trade, and gun violence. It offers a rich and unflinching portrait of a coach, his players, and the West Bank, a community where it’s difficult - but not impossible - to rise above the chaos, discover purpose, and find a way out.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

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©2021 Kent Babb (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Belinda C.
  • 2021-10-21

I Loved this Book!

Excellent narration and well written. I can't wait for the movie and I pray for all of those who's life snippet was shared in this book.

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  • KFinn
  • 2021-09-15

Great read for anyone who loves sports

Thai is a great read for anyone who loves sports. I’m a basketball guy but the story, coaching, kids, parents, and team dynamics all transfer over to any team sport.
Highly recommend!

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  • Cameron
  • 2021-08-26

It’s true…

Read it and read it again. Like coach Brown says… It’s the little sh*t.

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  • Grey L. Seymour
  • 2021-08-22

Excellent book written by a superb author

Kent Babb takes a story of an inner city coach and football program and brings to life the struggles of players who grow up in the harsh environment of New Orleans.
The book is extremely well written by Kent and read buy Ryan.
I look forward to your next book Kent.

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  • Tyler H.
  • 2021-08-21

Incredible story and writing

Oh and extremely well written and thoughtful story. Also well narrated moving in and out of various tones. Far more than football.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-08-21

Awesome and heart warming story

Loved the heart warming story depicting the struggles and triumphs of the New Orleans (Algiers) high school, Edna Karr Football Team. The narration and descriptions were captivating and intriguing eventhough the language was raw. This book was more than a typical football classic story. I recommend it to all who believe in the spirit of human triumphs and hope.