Empowerment. Goal-setting. Positivity. Oh yeah, and sports too.
Killion has distilled the best of the best moments and biographical information into an easy-to-read and exciting look at the players and moments in women’s soccer. Inspirational quotes from the players start each chapter, and it’s not difficult to imagine readers taking them to heart. The book goes beyond the basic statistics of the players (presented at the end of each chapter for easy reference) to introduce readers to their stories, both highs and lows. Although the tone of the book is positive, it does not shy away from the darker moments in players’ lives. Abby Wambach’s substance-abuse issues, Brandi Chastain’s family losses, and Bri Scurry’s brain injuries are examples of the realism injected into story and are openly acknowledged and discussed. The final quarter of the book examines the history of women’s soccer and serves as the perfect hook to pull readers into watching a few games. Young readers will love this action-packed, uplifting look at the women of the National Women’s Soccer League and the moments that turned the league into the nation’s obsession so much they will leave this book dog-eared from repeated readings. Sports fans will be overjoyed, but the superhero-comics crowd might also be pleasantly surprised by these modern-day wonder women.
A must-have for any biography section. (Nonfiction. 8-12)