From School Library Journal
Gr 3-5–In Ball Hogs, which centers on teamwork, fourth-grader Ben plays soccer with his nemesis, Mark, whose consistently arrogant remarks irritate everyone on the team. Eventually an argument between the two boys over a four-square game during recess brings realistic emotions to a head. Ben and Mark begin to examine their behavior, bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion. In the second book, Ben learns to concentrate on learning some new skills, yet to be patient with himself when he makes an inevitable mistake. Pen-and-ink illustrations augment the enjoyment of the short chapters. Each title concludes with soccer tips for novices. Readers who look for play-by-play action will relish these beginning chapter books.Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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About the Author
Rich Wallace is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including Wrestling Sturbridge,
an ALA-YALSA Best of the Best Book for Young Adults; Shots on Goal,
a Booklist Top 10 Sports Book for Youth; Perpetual Check;
and the Winning Season series. He coached soccer for several years, beginning when his older son joined a team in kindergarten.
Rich Wallace lives in New Hampshire with his wife, author Sandra Neil Wallace. You can visit him on the Web at www.richwallacebooks.com.