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Gr 5-10-This memoir was adapted from Solo: A Memoir of Hope (Harper, 2012). Starting from her childhood, the athlete gives an account of the difficulties she has overcome-her father's absenteeism and eventual homelessness, poverty, a difficult stepfather. Solo used soccer as a means of escape and eventually came to play professionally, competing in both the Olympics and the World Cup. As the years went by, she built positive relationships with her family and repaired her relationship with her father, who served as a source of inspiration for her as she both struggled and succeeded. The main tension in terms of Solo's career, and the turning point of the memoir, was when she spoke out publicly against getting benched during the 2007 World Cup. She faced harsh team backlash for the next year, even though her comments were mostly directed at her coach at the time. Still, despite a shoulder injury and being ostracized by her teammates (which eventually dissipated after a new coach was brought in), she persevered and helped lead the team to victory. Soccer fans will enjoy the frequent and vivid descriptions of intense play, but even readers who are not familiar with the game will be able to share in Solo's enthusiasm for the sport. Most importantly, her story underscores the importance of the support of her family, albeit an unconventional one. A good choice for students who need to a biography on a strong, influential woman.-Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Meet Hope Solo—Soccer Sensation

In this young readers' edition of Hope Solo's exciting life story, adapted from Solo: A Memoir of Hope, the Olympic gold medalist and starting goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer team gives readers behind-the-scenes details of her life on and off the field. Solo offers a fearless female role model for the next generation, driven to succeed on her own terms. Young fans will truly be inspired by Hope's repeated triumphs over adversity. Her relentless spirit has molded her into the person she is today—one of the most charismatic athletes in America.

A huge player in the Summer 2012 Olympic Games, Hope shares her inside story in her own words, for soccer fans of all ages!

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Signed poster and exclusive all-new Q&A with Hope Solo!

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062220659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062220653
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

One of the most charismatic athletes in America, Hope Solo is widely regarded as the best women's goalkeeper in the world, An Olympic gold medalist, she has been a member of the U.S. national team since 2000, and has appeared on the covers of Sports Illustrated (twice) and ESPN: The Magazine. At the 2011 World Cup, FIFA awarded her the Adidas Golden Glove as the tournament's top goalkeeper. A prominent spokesperson for Gatorade and Nike, she starred on the hit reality show Dancing with the Stars. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2012
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This edition is for young readers, adapted from Solo:A Memoir Of Hope, which I found Fascinating and Inspiring throughout. Hope Solo, a fearless female role model, shares her inside story with details of her life on-and-off the field. An olympic gold medalist and goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer team, with a highly respected reputation and an outstanding athlete in America. Her relentless spirit, her motivation, and determination to succeed not only inspires all women, but also her young fans who wish to follow her footsteps. A Remarkable player in the 2012 Olympic games, who glowed with achievement as she fulfilled her dreams. This impressive book includes Questions and Answers with Hope, and a signed poster. Enjoyable, Entertaining, and Highly Recommended for young readers!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kesler Madden on April 1, 2013
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I loved this book because of the detail and being able to relate to what she went through.
I would recommend this book to soccer players and people that like drama.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Clements on December 11, 2012
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It was a birthday hit in September 2012. Unfortunately Ms. Solo ran into some bad publicity in October and now my Granddaughter is looking for a new role model on the U. S. Soccer team.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2012
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The book is for my daughter and she is currently doing a report for school. She plays soccer and loved this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 16, 2014
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This book makes you feel grateful for the way your life is.Hope had a very tough life and everything in this book makes you feel good about every second of life.I suggest this book for all ages and people who love soccer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By oh snap on February 4, 2014
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This is such a great book. It goes through her hardships and losses. It is so sad and exciting at the same time, like I am Hope Solo herself. I loved it, and you should read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 14, 2014
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If you love soccer like I do this is the book.It's sad,fun,and inspiring.One day I hope I go to the Olympics just like Hope Solo did. She is my inspiration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By grace on May 17, 2014
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Great book for young readers and soccer players. I absolutely loved this story and it is truly inspiring. Hope solo is such a great role model.
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