Breakaway [NOOK Book]

Overview

Twelve-year-old LJ knows her place in the world is on the soccer field. When she's out there scoring goals, everything's right. But lately her competitive spirit has been getting the best of her, and she begins to alienate all her friends. Popular girl Tabitha, who spends most of her time on the bench, would give anything for LJ's confidence and ability on the soccer field. Meanwhile, LJ secretly admires Tabitha's world of money and friends. So when it's LJ on the bench instead of Tabitha, she figures out a few ...
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Breakaway

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Overview

Twelve-year-old LJ knows her place in the world is on the soccer field. When she's out there scoring goals, everything's right. But lately her competitive spirit has been getting the best of her, and she begins to alienate all her friends. Popular girl Tabitha, who spends most of her time on the bench, would give anything for LJ's confidence and ability on the soccer field. Meanwhile, LJ secretly admires Tabitha's world of money and friends. So when it's LJ on the bench instead of Tabitha, she figures out a few things she never expected, and realizes that sometimes it takes more skill to make others look good instead of yourself.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Montalbano, who played soccer as a child and in college, taps into her love and knowledge of the game in her fast-paced debut novel. Initial descriptions of 12-year-old Lily's passion for soccer can be a little much, but the prose soon lightens ("Lily mentally lumped the dads at the game into two categories: Berries and Nuts. The Berries were the one with BlackBerries in holsters.... The Nuts were the dads who took the game way too seriously"). Lily is determined to lead her team to victory in the league championship, which they lost in the finals the year before. Her plan to impress a coach who's scouting for a select team backfires when she hogs the ball, resulting in a two-game suspension. Lily's interactions with family members and with two very different friends are as credible as the on-field action, as she learns the importance of teamwork in all aspects of her life. A crackerjack, play-by-play account of the season finale brings the story to a winning ending. It's an ideal pick for readers more interested in scoring goals than boyfriends. Ages 9–12. (May)
Children's Literature - Kirsten Shaw
Twelve-year-old Lily James lives and breathes soccer. Nothing feels more natural to her than moving down the pitch with the ball at her feet. When she learns that the state select coach is coming to the game just to see her, she knows she has to impress him—her dream is on the line. But when she blows her chance and is benched for the remainder of the season because of her selfish behavior, she learns that there is more to life than just being the best, like a loving family and good friends. Montalbano provides a great lesson about humility and forgiveness as Lily struggles to come to terms with her failure and her friend's success. Breakaway is a welcome addition to sports literature written especially for girls. Readers will want to be familiar with the sport, as technical jargon is used throughout the book, but it is not a necessity. This is a story any girl that wants to be the best in anything she does can relate to. Reviewer: Kirsten Shaw
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Lily, 12, is the star of her soccer travel team. When her coach notices that her temper tantrums and self-centeredness prevent her from being the team player she could be, he benches her. There are several didactic monologues interspersed among some excellent play-by-play action scenes as Lily learns to overcome her disappointment and gain a better perspective. Montalbano brings a bit of humor to the story by describing parents of players as either "Berries or Nuts"—those who occasionally glance up at a game between texting on their BlackBerries and those who are overly obsessed with their child's performance on the field. Even though Lily's thorough transformation appears to be a bit abrupt, soccer-playing readers will recognize some of her traits either in themselves or in others and enjoy this tale of friendship through teamwork.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Twelve-year-old Lily is a soccer dynamo. Along with her best friend and teammate Vee, she longs to be chosen for the state select team. The volatile combination of Lily's short temper and single-minded focus on personal success not only causes her to be suspended from her team, however, but also costs her that coveted spot on the state team. Under the gentle guidance of her coach, Lily's forced inactivity leads to her reevaluate her goals both on and off the field. Montalbano's love of the game is clearly evident in the detailed, technical descriptions of each play. Her depiction of youth sports tackles fanatical fans, overbearing parents and jealous peers. While the action is fast-paced, the story line takes a few detours, with several intriguing subplots that are hinted at yet remain unexplored. Although readers may find this frustrating, how Lily learns to manage herself and her game remains compelling and provides a valuable life lesson for both her and readers. Perhaps a sequel is in order? (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101187685
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/13/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 228,786
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 152 KB

Meet the Author

Andrea Montalbano lives in Bronxville, New York.
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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Love it

    This book is insparational.my favorite book of all time.this is a book worth reading

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

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    Lily was born to play soccer, or at least that's how she felt the first time she kicked a soccer ball. She's good at it too, the best on her team. But when she finds out the hard way that what she thinks is best for her isn't always best for her team or her family and friends, she must work to earn back everyone's trust.

    Breakaway by Andrea Montalbano is a great book for any girl who loves to play soccer or even watch from the sidelines. Lily's confidence in her ability to play the game is a good primer for girls to learn how to recognize their skills and use them. Her struggle to look outside herself and learn how to recognize what others have to offer will resonate with anyone who's ever heard the phrase "there is no 'I' in the word team." I recommend it for girls aged 9 to 12.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Me like!

    I, myself play soccer. I really liked reading this book. I is something I can relate to a lot. I am not as competitive as Lily, my dad says that I am like Vee. This book is something I eally recommend. If you want realistic fiction, this would be my top choice.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    She takes a shot and she scores!

    This book was a very good book. I really like the way it is written and makes you feel as if this book relates to you. I was very glad that I had choose this for my first book club meeting because it was indeed a score!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Best book ever

    It was so fanstastic i could not put it down!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Great!

    This book is easy to relate to i am a soccer player so i can connect

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2011

    Awesome!!!!!!

    Totally worth reading. One of the best books EVER!!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Breakaway

    This book is very interesting and is easy to relate to

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Happy

    Cool and really good and realistic

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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