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Saving the Team (The Kicks) [Kindle Edition]

Alex Morgan
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From star soccer player and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan comes the New York Times bestselling first book in an empowering, fun-filled middle grade series about believing in yourself and working as a team.

Twelve-year-old Devin loves to play soccer. If she hadn’t just left Connecticut to move across the country, she would have been named seventh-grade captain on her school soccer team.

But now that Devin is starting seventh grade in Kentville, California, all bets are off. After all, some of the best players on the US national team come from California. She’s sure to have stiff competition. Or so she thinks.

When Devin shows up for tryouts, she discovers that the Kentville Kangaroos—otherwise known as the Kicks—are an absolute mess. Their coach couldn’t care less whether the girls win or lose. And Devin is easily one of the most talented players.

The good news is, Devin quickly makes friends with funny, outgoing Jessi; shy but sweet Zoe; and klutzy Emma. Can Devin and her newfound friends pull together and save the team from itself?

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-This formulaic story follows 12-year-old Devin, who has just left her friends and soccer team behind, moving cross country with her family. There is a lot of expected angst in the beginning of the story. Will she like her new school? Make new friends? And since California is known for producing superstar soccer players, will she even make the team? While quickly learning the ropes at her new school and instantly making friends-and perhaps even gaining a boyfriend-the plot twist is revealed: Devin's new soccer team isn't great at all-in fact, it is downright bad. Throw in a bossy/bully older teammate as cocaptain against Devin, and the rest of the blanks will be easily filled in by most readers. Despite its predictability, the novel conveys some solid messages about teamwork and assertiveness. Purchase where there is a demand for sports stories with strong female role models.-Lisa Kropp, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

In the Kicks series opener, gifted seventh-grade soccer player Devin Burke is trying to adjust to California life and a new school while missing her best friend Kara and her soccer team back in Connecticut. Things improve after she joins the Kentville Kangaroos girls’ soccer team—nicknamed “The Kicks”—and befriends teammates Jessi, Emma, and Zoe. But the Kicks are disorganized; cheerful Coach Flores emphasizes fun over winning (or even improving); and there’s a talented but mean fellow player, Mirabelle. But when Mirabelle transfers to soccer powerhouse Pinewood, it’s an opportunity for Devin to get Coach and her team on board with building skills, spirit, and confidence—hopefully before the fast-approaching rematch with Pinewood. U.S. women’s soccer team player and Olympic medalist Morgan’s enthusiasm for the game is evident throughout this light and lively contemporary read. Though there are some predictable story elements, Devin is an appealing protagonist whose peppy first-person narrative incorporates abundant soccer details, along with familiar themes of making friends and the value of teamwork. Appended glossary includes game-related terms. Grades 4-7. --Shelle Rosenfeld

Product Details

  • File Size: 1130 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00ERNVU8W
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NHR7C0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,866 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Alex Morgan! May 11, 2013
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It is great to have a quality 'Girls Team Sports' fiction book for the 8 and up set to recommend! Elementary school libraries could help fill a gap in their collections with this title! Also, nice to have a 'girl' protagonist who is good in Math!! Alex Morgan's 'character, 'Devin' provides young girls with a new type of role model; One who is refreshingly smart, a helpful team-player on and off the field, and a positive problem-solver.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter and I both read this. February 27, 2014
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What a great story, we had the opposite experience on our home team, a girl from california came to play soccer in new york, she went from practicing daily to once or twice a week, she couldn't come to grips with how different it was around here and I was worried for the main character because I know the girl from california has more talent, but it wasn't pure talent that made her fit in, you just have to find what works for you, cannot wait for the 3rd book to release.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is a great little story with a main character that is both realistically portrayed and fully built. Devin is clever, good at maths, very good at soccer and quite a clever problem solver. While easily the `star' of her team, Devin is fully aware of the team nature of the game, and works diligently to help her teammates succeed on the field and off.

It was refreshing to see a young girl who was aware of and worked at sportsmanship, while the coach was less demanding, the contrast between that and the overzealous types that are all too familiar was a nice break and gave the kids a bit of opportunity to self-motivate. This would be a good addition to any girl's library, written by an author with a solid understanding of sports excellence and teamwork.

I received an eBook copy from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review and inclusion in the Children Read week at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saving the Team (The Kicks) April 10, 2014
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Alex Morgan is a GREAT soccer player role model for my daughter. She LOVES this series of books and hopes that Alex Morgan will continue to write. These are easy and fun to read. A must have for the young girl soccer fan and player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 8 year old Niece Loves Them! February 18, 2014
By Shawn
Got this for my niece for Christmas. She would call me daily to update me on her progress in the book and tell me the lessens in the book. ie. a girl didnt do well in her class so she couldnt play, so she worked hard and got a better grade on her test and got back on the team.
I didn't read the book before hand, so no first hand experience, but my little one was 1) excited to read through this book and is already onto the next one 2) telling me the lessons in the book and 3) Asking for more

So what else could you want in a book?
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5.0 out of 5 stars ⚽The amazing kicks book!⚽ February 15, 2014
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This is the only fiction soccer book I ever read!It is my stile !Its series is one of the best I ever read!It is very inspiring too!I did a move from the book in a very important soccer game!We scored a goal from that move!Alex Morgans note really helped me!I hope their are many more Kicks books!I love them !⚽⚽⚽⚽
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter loves it! February 7, 2014
By Ghawk
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My daughter thinks of Alex Morgan as a hero and it has made her actually very interested in professional soccer. If only there was a Woman's major league soccer team in the SF Bay Area for her to see on a regular basis. Anyways, she finds the story fantastic and very inspirational and just purchased the 2nd book herself which she is getting into.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute story January 23, 2014
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My daughter is 7. I think this might be a little bit higher reading level like for 8-10 year old but she still likes the story,
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Alex Morgan became the youngest member of the US women's national soccer team in 2009 and competed in the 2011 FIFA World Cup. She was the first overall pick in the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer daft and landed a spot on the US Olympic Women's Soccer team in 2012. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, held in London, Morgan won her first Olympic medal, a gold, with the American team. The team beat Japan, 2-1, in a match watched by nearly 80,300 people--the largest soccer crowd in Olympic history. THE KICKS: SAVING THE TEAM is Alex's first book for young readers.

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