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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Kicks (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442485701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442485709
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

My daughter loves this book!
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This is a great little story with a main character that is both realistically portrayed and fully built.
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She LOVES this series of books and hopes that Alex Morgan will continue to write.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anne Lewis on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bobbie Mohney on 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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I read every night to my two kids and let me tell you, some of the children's books out there today (especially those geared towards girls!) are really bad. My daughter loves everything girly including fairies, princesses, and ponies. She naturally picks out princess-type books for use to read and many times I've had to stop in the middle because there was an entire chapter dedicated to describing the clothing the fairies were wearing.

Not so with "The Kicks" series-what a breath of fresh air! My daughter also plays soccer and she was intrigued to read a book about a girls soccer team, but what I love most of all was the lesson that was taught throughout this book. The main character, Devin, finds herself in a tough situation and being laughed at by other classmates making fun of her soccer team. Did she give up? No! She stood up to the bullies and came up with plans to make the team stronger. This book left such a lasting impression on my daughter that I can now remind her what Devin did in the face of all her problems and that helps her try to solve her own problems too.

Thank you, Alex Morgan, for writing such a wonderful series of books! Morgan's writing is funny, thoughtful, and has great character development. I found myself looking forward to reading the book as much as my daughter did. This week, my daughter had to dress up as a book character for a school parade...who do you think she went as? Devin, of course-pink headband and all! I definitely recommend this series for any child or adult.

p.s. My 5 year old son enjoyed the book as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By twilightgirl on July 6, 2014
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I love this book. I love the glossary of soccer terms so that even if you don't play soccer you can understand and enjoy reading this book. Can't wait to read book 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt Rodriguez on July 15, 2014
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My 10 year old soccer star loves the books. We have the complete series.
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By A mom on July 15, 2014
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My daughter says it was a good book. She is 10 and said its ok for her age and younger. My 12 year old thought it was too little kid in the writing.
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By 20 on June 25, 2014
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This book was amazing. I learned a lot about teamwork and leadership. Also when you move away from your best friend.
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By Mikeela on May 19, 2014
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I bought this for my daughter who is an avid reader and soccer player. She's eight, at a higher reading level (about 5th grade) and enjoyed it.
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