SOCCER SCOOP by Matt Christopher

SOCCER SCOOP

Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Christopher (see review, above) was treading water with this routine sports-story- cum-mystery. Someone is sending snide cartoons to the school newspaper featuring a motor-mouthed soccer goalie. Soccer goalie Mac Williams is determined to find out who is behind them. He complains to the principal, who shrugs it off as a First Amendment issue; Mac gathers circumstantial evidence, then falsely accuses a) Dougie, his best friend, b) Jimmy, the paper's sports reporter, and c) Billy, a teammate. The culprit is Billy's girlfriend, who, offended by Mac's remarks about her fellow's play, hoped to teach Mac a lesson. By the next page, everyone laughs it off. This is a decidedly minor effort: Even the sports action is vague and remote when it's not at Mac's end of the field. Readers may have trouble keeping the cast of similar-sounding characters straight, and the mystery is solved only after some heavily contrived stratagems. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-316-14206-9
Page count: 133pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1997




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