SIDELINED by Trevor Kew


Age Range: 11 - 14
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In this action-filled sequel to Trading Goals (2010), Vicky Parker enjoys being a key player on her school’s soccer team. Changes are on the horizon for 14-year-old Vicky both on and off the field, though. When Vicky learns that her coach will be selecting an elite group to travel to England to play in an international girl’s soccer tournament, it places enormous stress on her friendship with teammates Marjan and Parm. Marjan and Vicky enlist the help of Neville, high-school senior and star soccer player, to improve their soccer skills. As Vicky’s time with the quiet Neville becomes more romantic than sports-oriented, Marj’s escalating jealousy threatens to destroy their friendship. While struggling with first crushes and friendship woes, Vicky’s home life begins to undergo considerable changes. Vicky is surprised to discover that her mother has a new boyfriend nearly a decade after Vicky’s father left, and she’s uncertain about Dave’s role in her life. Kew does an excellent job segueing between the high-intensity sports-action sequences and the more fragile emotional scenes. Vicky’s endeavors to balance her fledgling romance, soccer aspirations and a changing family structure will resonate with readers. (Fiction. 11 - 14)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-55277-550-9
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: James Lorimer
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2011


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