Not only does Wild Willie's (Wild Willie and the King Kyle Detectives, 1993, etc.) soccer team ""really stink,"" but the big and evil Chuckle has unofficially changed its name from the Bruisers to the Losers and has falsely accused Willie of K-I-S-S-I-N-G his next-door neighbor, Lucy. As Willie notes in a letter to a friend, his life is ""full of problems,"" and at first it seems clear that he has only one option: to hang his head off the couch, methodically kick the wall with his feet, and watch TV upside-down for the rest of his life. But he soon decides that while he can't change Chuckie, he can put him to good use by bribing him to play for the Losers. This book has many realistic and funny moments: Dad looks up from his newspaper occasionally to say things like, ""Teamwork. That's the ticket""; Mom can see into Willie's head as if it were a window. And although the climax is predictable -- the Losers decide to win without Chuckie's help -- it isn't preachy. A book that succeeds on the strength of its preteen narrator's goofy, appealing, and believable voice.