Most Valuable Player (Ellie McDoodle Diaries Series)

Most Valuable Player (Ellie McDoodle Diaries Series)

by Ruth McNally Barshaw
     
 

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Poor Ellie. When her friend, Mo, suggests they try out for soccer together, Ellie doesn't know her own father has just been named the coach! To make matters worse, Ellie can't seem to get her head (or her feet) around the game. She'd much rather be solving word problems and doing other brain-bending quizzes in the Journey of the Mind club. But when both teams have

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Poor Ellie. When her friend, Mo, suggests they try out for soccer together, Ellie doesn't know her own father has just been named the coach! To make matters worse, Ellie can't seem to get her head (or her feet) around the game. She'd much rather be solving word problems and doing other brain-bending quizzes in the Journey of the Mind club. But when both teams have their tournament on the same day, will Ellie choose soccer or school? This lively story, told in words and doodles, will have kids cheering on the sidelines for Ellie!

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Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Ellie McDoodle has just joined the soccer team, and her Dad is the coach. But there's a problem: she has never been a good athlete, doesn't have much interest in soccer, and would rather be competing in mind games and puzzles with her friends at her school's "Journey of the Mind" club. How Ellie becomes a valued member of the soccer team, while still continuing her other interests, is the main theme of this rather loose collection of vignettes, scenes, word puzzles, games, and projects. There is no doubt that many of the puzzles and projects are interesting, and that the themes of teamwork, respect, and tolerance that run through the book are admirable. There is also a minor theme centering on a child with Down's syndrome, and it is handled quite well. Unfortunately, these ideas are presented in a scatter-shot method, without chapters or a standard plot. In fact, the many puzzles and projects inserted into the novel often serve to break up the narrative flow. Straddling the line between graphic novel and the traditional novel, it uses a comic-book font that some readers may find annoying. Told in first person, this book, which is part of the "Ellie McDoodle" series, mixes comedy and realism with sometimes jarring effects. Nevertheless, readers who have liked other books in the series will probably enjoy this one as well. Although this book bears a relationship to a girl's version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it should not be confused with it. Reviewer: Leona Illig

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599904276
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Series:
Ellie McDoodle Diaries Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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