SOCCER SHOCK by Donna Jo Napoli

SOCCER SHOCK

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Age Range: 10 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

Brainy Adam wants desperately to make the fifth-grade soccer team but doesn't have much chance until star player Grayson offers lessons in exchange for math tutoring--and, more importantly, Adam discovers that a lightning bolt's near miss has left him with the ability to hear the freckles on his knees talking, so that he has an efficient early-warning system on the playing field. The freckles really steal the show here, whether they're telling Adam that the ball's coming his way or the swing's about to break, or just commenting aimlessly on the gum under desks. Despite having to cope with classmate Kim's aggressive pursuit, Adam is feeling fine--until he temporarily skins off Gilbert, his best freckle, and has to face the soccer tryouts without his secret weapon. A well-written story with an affectionate, tolerant cast, a little elementary math and soccer instruction, and a funny premise. Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 10-13)
Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 014036482X
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Dutton
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1991




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