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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Series: Spectacular Sports
  • Library Binding: 64 pages
  • Publisher: 21st Century (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822587548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822587545
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4–8—With a plethora of first-rate soccer books capitalizing on the anticipation of World Cup Soccer 2010 in June, Stewart and Kennedy have risen to the occasion. Covering the history of the sport as well as amazing, wild, and weird goals, they include a multitude of meaty, one-paragraph profiles of male and female stars and organize them chronologically from the late 1800s to the present. The writing is enhanced with historical photographs and reproductions of several players' soccer cards from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Readers will pick up tidbits of conversational facts such as how the phrase "Bend it like Beckham" originated and how Pele helped to popularize soccer in the United States. The authors show a great respect for goalkeepers as well as the scorers throughout the narrative. Even though there are at least two new series of books published this spring, including Rosen's "World Soccer" and Heinemann's "World Cup," a large amount of information is contained in this slim, engagingly readable book. Consider where one book will suffice, rather than a series.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Following the same attractively designed format as the authors’ Long Ball: The Legend and Lore of the Home Run (2006), Swish: The Quest for Basketball’s Perfect Shot (2009), and Touchdown: The Power and Precision of Football’s Perfect Play (2009), this well-written book explores the nuances of scoring in the world’s most popular sport. A quick history of the game lays the groundwork with details that may be new to even hard-core fans. The second chapter jumps right into the good stuff with descriptions of 10 of the most famous goals, just begging to be marveled over again and again on YouTube. Also included is a rundown of the best male and female scorers from the early twentieth century to the present and weird anomalies and amusing anecdotes from soccer lore. The records section is scanty, but that has more to do with the relatively statistics-free nature of the game. A strong choice to dovetail with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but with plenty of staying power well beyond that. Grades 5-8. --Ian Chipman

More About the Author

Mark L. Stewart (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Mark L Stewart is an American writer and editor of magazines, books and web sites. He is best known for his books on sports, history and popular culture. Stewart was born on July 7, 1960 in New York City. He has published over 250 books, written nearly 1,000 athlete profiles in the print and electronic realm, and developed marketing and public relations materials for clients ranging from Denny's and Pizza Hut to Sesame Street and Woodstock '94. Stewart is the managing editor of Edge Magazine and a principal of JockBio.com, a popular sports information site that posts full-length athlete biographies.

Early career
Stewart's first publishing job was managing editor of Racquet Magazine (1988-1992), an upscale tennis publication. He continued to edit magazines throughout the 1990s and 2000s, focusing on business publications in the Sports Product, Footwear, Consumer Electronics, Telecommunications and Outdoor Recreation industries. He also pursued numerous freelance assignments during this time, many of which focused on sports and popular culture. His corporate clients included BMG, Zurich Reinsurance, Radio Spirits and the National Basketball Association. He wrote the copy for the NBA's 1992 sales catalog and created the slogan "I Love This Stuff."

Stewart published his first book in 1993, The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Baseball Cards (Crown Books). In 1994, Stewart helped International Masters Publishing create its popular Sports Heroes, Facts & Feats continuity product. He oversaw a team of 38 freelance sportswriters that produced more than 500 gatefold athlete profiles.

Also in 1994, Stewart was hired by Grolier to author the All-Pro Biography book series of authorized biographies. The series was aimed at reluctant readers, and featured athletes recounting the challenges and triumphs of their childhoods. Among the athletes Stewart worked with on the series were Dan Marino, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Barry Sanders, Isiah Thomas, Chris Mullin, Martin Brodeur, Tony Meola, Jeff Gordon and Florence Griffith-Joyner. With his reputation established as a sports author in the educational publishing field, Stewart continued to produce sports books for Grolier, Franklin Watts, Children's Press, Millbrook Press and other companies in the field. He also wrote books under the pen names Rachel Rutledge and Caleb MacLean.

Black Book & JockBio
In 2002, Stewart entered into a partnership with two publishing professionals with whom he had worked for nearly a decade on a number of projects, Ron Jaffe and Mike Kennedy. They named their company Black Book Partners LLC. In 2003, Black Book Partners launched JockBio.com. Each week the site posts a new, comprehensively researched and professionally written biography of a popular athlete. By 2009 JockBio.com was drawing more than a million readers a year.

In 2004, Stewart worked with All-Pro defensive end Simeon Rice on his autobiography, Rush to Judgment. The no-holds-barred account of life as a football star was well reviewed in various publications, including Sports Illustrated. Also in 2004, Stewart and Kennedy collaborated on Hammering Hank: How the Media Made Henry Aaron. Both books were published by the Lyons Press. Lyons later published Mummy Dearest, a book spawned by the TV series Mummy Road Show. Stewart and Kennedy worked with scientists Jerry Conlogue and Ron Beckett, the stars of the show. In 2008, Stewart and Kennedy partnered with two more scientists, Jeffrey Garside and Amy Tilmont, on a six-book series for NASCAR, published by Lerner Books. They are also co-authors of the award-winning Lerner titles Long Ball, Swish, Goal, Score and Touchdown. These titles explore the history and culture of a sport from the perspective of its "quintessential" or signature moment.

Since 2005, Stewart has authored more than 100 books in the Team Spirit series by Norwood House Press. Each Team Spirit book covers the history and culture of a professional sports team. The series expanded into college football and hockey in 2009. Stewart continues to edit magazines, including the lifestyle publication EDGE, with a circulation of 80,000, primarily in New Jersey. Among the public figures he has interviewed in recent years were NBC's Brian Williams, Dr. Mehmet Oz, artist Peter Max, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Stewart also edits the sports business web site LicensingOutlook.com.

Personal
Mark Stewart lives in Monmouth County, New Jersey overlooking Sandy Hook and the Atlantic Ocean. He is married to Sarah Converse Wilson, whom he met at Duke in 1978. They have two children, Mariah (1992) and Rachel (1995). His daughters attend Wake Forest University and Episcopal High School (Alexandria, VA) respectively. Stewart serves as board secretary for Monmouth Hills and the Twin Lights. Both are National Historic Landmarks.

Family background
Mark Stewart was raised in a publishing family. His grandfather was Lester Markel (1894-1977), Sunday Editor of the New York Times for more than 40 years. Stewart's first name MARK and middle initial L (which is not an abbreviation) create a phonetic version of "Markel." Stewart's parents, Jack (1919-1999) and Helen (1918-1990), were also publishing executives. His father worked at the Times for more than 30 years, and was head of the Book Division before it was sold. Stewart's mother, who worked professionally as Helen Markel, was the Articles Editor for The Ladies Home Journal and McCall's during the 1960s and 1970s, and wrote for several other magazines, including Sports Illustrated. His stepmother, Linda Stewart is a syndicated travel writer.

Education
Mark Stewart went through the Ethical Culture School system and graduated from the Fieldston School in the Bronx, NY in 1978. He attended Duke University and graduated with a degree in History in 1984.

Other Notes

* In 1971, Stewart played the title character in The Story of Zachary Zween, the film version of the beloved 1960s children' book.
* Stewart's first job in journalism was the 1978 McCall's tell-all interview of Joan Kennedy. He served as the technical assistant on the project.
* From 1980 to 1982, Stewart resided in the penthouse at 133 East 64th St. in New York City--the infamous apartment later occupied by financier Bernie Madoff.
* Stewart is an active member of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) and PFRA (Professional Football Researchers Association).
* Since 2000, Stewart has written more than a million words for numerous web sites.

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Soccer is simply one of those insanely exciting games whether you are playing in your backyard or in front of a jam-packed stadium in front of thousands of crazed fans. Ball games, by no stretch of the imagination, are a new invention. Archaeological digs have uncovered more than 1,000 playing fields, including some that are an amazing 3,000 years old. The Aztecs and the Mayans played and Spanish explorers introduced the game to King Charles I. In England they considered the rubber ball devilish and later kings banned the games because of numerous injuries. History notwithstanding, soccer was eventually claimed to have been invented in England. It was slow to take off in the United States, but when it did, look out!

Team sports foster not only cooperation, but also competition. In 1930 the World Cup was born and if a player could score a goal, it would forever be known as the "crowning moment in a player's career." Fans are certainly not immune to the excitement of watching World Cup games. Both player and fan can attest to the fact that "nothing beats the feeling of watching the ball ruffle the back of the net." In this book you'll read and "experience" some of the greatest moments in the history of soccer.

You'll read about the ten best great goals, including the very unusual "Hand of God goal" scored by Diego Maradona and you'll find out just why Brandi Chastain "tore off her jersey and dropped to her knees." You'll read about what it takes to become a "great goal scorer," you'll meet some of the best players in history, your eyes will widen when you read about some wild `n wacky goals, and will get a chance to look at some World cup scoring records.
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My soccer-loving son loves this short book. It's not a very long book, but he has flipped through it multiple times.
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