SOCCER CHICK RULES by Dawn Fitzgerald

SOCCER CHICK RULES

Age Range: 10 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Late in this cleverly titled story, Tess Munro, a passionate all-around athlete, is told by her brother that she has a one-track mind. But Tess, an eighth-grade girl, knows that her mind actually runs on two tracks: beating the soccer team that defeated hers, and making sure that the school levy, designed to fund after-school activities including student sports, passes in a community vote so that she can continue to do what she loves. FitzGerald’s story, which mixes soccer realism with vanilla-flavored characterizations, basically runs down those same tracks, as Tess struggles to meet her goals. The personal conflicts have a good sportsmanship-like quality, which is to say they lack heat. What interests FitzGerald, and what she portrays well, is an expression of the sheer joy of athletic competition and the hard-breathing fray of the game. Consequently, it’s a story that will largely appeal to female athletes, though its life message, which involves trying your best and not giving up, is applicable to all. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-59643-137-7
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2006




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