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Saving the Team (The Kicks Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 178 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Age Level: 8 - 12 Grade Level: 3 - 7


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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.

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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: 1134 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NHR7C0
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,324 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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I applaud Alex for this initiative. She has always shown humility and reached out to those little girls screaming for autographs because she once was one. There are many lessons in this little book, which I bought for my granddaughter. First, is sportsmanship. Second is humility and not trying to be the leader or end of all things but be yourself. Another is that each of us has frailties and shortcomings, which make us unique and human. Everyone makes mistakes but its how you deal with those mistakes in life that counts. Know that there are strong willed characters and bullies who will try to push you in directions you don't want to go (Mirabelle). Be strong, be yourself and side with what your heart tells you is right. Give 100% in all you do whether working on developing personal relationships or in a field of endeavor.

On a 40,000ft view, I think its important to recognize Alex herself for taking time to develop this concept while leading up to the Olympics, closing the book deal with S&S, writing, edits, etc. and promotions all while still playing at the highest international level and attending awards for her performance on the field. This shows character and should not be so easily dismissed. You need to be cognizant of the role models for yourself and loved ones. Who do you want influencing your little girls: Miley Cyrus or Alex? In a broken, sick world, we need heroes who aren't afraid to do the right things. For someone with so much praise and expectation already heaped upon her strong shoulders, it would be easy and unfortunately normal to expect Alex to fall for the media hype and worldly influences. Instead, she remained steadfast following her family values and ignored the syren's call from pop culture.

I wish Alex continued success off the field as well as on the field and look fwd. to her next book.
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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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Our granddaughter is 7 and she is soaring right through the book. She was the major scorer on her soccer team this year and she loves "running" in Alex's shoes!
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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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My daughter loves Alex Morgan and this book was fun for her to read. She enjoyed it and read it really quickly. I'll be looking for more books from Alex.
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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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