The author of Liars Poker and Moneyball tells the story of Michael Oher, a lost teenager who somehow went from the projects in Memphis (in the nations third-poorest zip code, the author points out) to an evangelical Christian high school in the suburbs.
Despite having no home structure (his mother is believed to have more than 10 kids, although no one is sure) and very little education, the school administrators try to find ways to help him. As the story progresses, hes adopted by a wealthy white family (friends of the author, thats how the book got started) and turns out to have amazing athletic skills.
Although hes 65, 350 pounds, hes as quick and agile as a cat. In the school gym one day (it later turns out he often slept in the gym to avoid the long bus ride back to the projects), a coach tosses him a basketball. Instead of driving to the hoop and dunking, he dribbles between his legs a couple of times, turns around and drains a three-pointer from the corner.
As his new parents bring in tutors to make up for his being ignored for a decade by the public school system, he manages to graduate from high school (barely) and go on to play football (with his tutors in tow) at Ole Miss.
A really uplifting story, and its not over; Oher is a sophomore on the Ole Miss football team, named Second Team All-SEC for the 2006 season. Whenever hes drafted by the NFL, hes likely to make many millions a year protecting a right-handed quarterbacks