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Saving the Team (The Kicks) Hardcover – May 7, 2013

4.8 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Kicks Series

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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
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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 (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A girl named Devin Burke moves from Connecticut to California. She is in 7th grade and loves to play soccer. She doesn’t know anybody there. She gets on a school soccer team, and realizes that they’re not very good. She makes friends with several girls on the team; Emma Kim, who is klutzy but very nice, Jessi Dukes, who is funny and outgoing, but never got an A in her life until Devin helped her, and Zoe, who is shy but really good at soccer. She also meets Mirabelle, a mean girl who is super competitive, and is a bit full of herself. She helps her team get better, and eventually leads her team against the best team in the league.

This story teaches people to have good sportsmanship. In the story, good sportsmanship helps Devin make friends on the field, and it helps her team to succeed. I think this is a very good lesson because you will definitely be happier with your team. I would recommend this book to whoever likes soccer. It might help you learn something.

Katie, 10 years old
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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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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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My daughter LOVES these books by Alex Morgan and cannot wait for the 3rd one to ship in March! It takes a little while for her to get into each story line but once she does she can't put the books down!

The fact that she's watched Alex play soccer and that my daughter also plays select soccer makes her feel the books are written just for her and she loves it!
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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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Alex Morgan is a wonderful author, all of her books inspire people to the extreme. Devin is a person we all would love to be like. If you are looking for a book to help pursue your dreams, this is the book for you.
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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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