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Love Puppies and Corner Kicks Hardcover – February 4, 2010
From School Library Journal
Grade 5–7—Andrea loves soccer, words, her two best friends, and her life. Unfortunately, she must go to Scotland with her parents, where her father will be an exchange teacher at Dunnotar Academy. Andrea has to deal with her crush and her schoolwork even as she tries to impress the tough girls on the soccer team. Meanwhile, the stutter she thought she'd conquered has come back, but she has techniques for coping with it. Andrea is a likable character with whom kids will identify. Her escapades are full of realistic choices and humorous consequences. However, the portrayal of Scottish culture is slight. An entertaining read for those who enjoyed Lauren Myracle's Luv Ya Bunches (Abrams, 2009).—Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ
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"This is a great book for students who can relate to being in a new school." -Library Media Connection, starred review
Top customer reviews
"The book, 'Love Puppies and Corner Kicks' by R.W. Krech is a great, humorous book.
"Andrea has all she could possibly want in New Jersey. She's the lead scorer of her soccer team, she has great friends and she can't wait to start a new school year. Then, the bomb is dropped. She and her family are moving to Scotland. For a year. Soon, Andrea is faced with experiences like living with her principal, wearing a raincoat that bursts into flames, sneaking into a haunted castle, being a member of the notorious Tough Girls Football Club and secretly crushing on the incredibly cute Stewart McCombie. Even with all this, Scotland might be okay if she could just control the little problem that she fears most of all ...
"I would totally recommend this book to anyone who loves humorous five-star books with cute vocabulary words, a sweet ending and, of course, love puppies."
Her father says it's a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity. Her mother insists it will be wonderful and memorable. But Andrea knows the truth. There is no way she can survive in a country that worships a revolting food like haggis. And at first, it looks like all of her worst fears are bound to come true. The first girl she meets is a full-on weirdo. There is no girls' soccer team at the lower school of Dunnotar Academy. And the icing on the cake? Her stutter has gone critical - totally out of control. If Andrea's going to make it, she's going to have to survive a burning raincoat, a haunted castle and the cutest boy she's ever met. It's going to be a long year.
Love Puppies and Corner Kicks is a sweet, funny story about adjusting to life outside of your comfort zone. There is nothing earth-shattering or new here, but there really doesn't need to be. The target audience - girls in the 11 to 14 age range - are sure to enjoy Andrea's triumphs and sympathize with her struggles. This is a fun read; quick, quirky and perfect for tweens.
Yes, it is a pretty predictable book, but it is still cute. It is great for girls 4-6 grade or any kid who struggles with stuttering. As an added bonus, Andrea uses a lot of large vocabulary words and gives the definitions, so kids should learn a thing or two as well!
Andrea has to learn another language, or so it seems, as well as learn how to "fit in". BUT, she has one thing on her side...she is a phenomenal soccer player.
While navigating the angst of growing up, meeting new people, having a crush, and putting up with her younger sister, Andrea must keep all things together - before it gets the better of her.