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Hope Solo: My Story (Young Readers' Edition)

Hope Solo: My Story (Young Readers' Edition)

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The 2015 World Cup champion and double Olympic gold medalist shares her story in her own words, for soccer fans of all ages!

In this young readers' edition of Hope Solo's exciting life story, adapted from Solo: A Memoir of Hope, the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer team gives readers behind-the-scenes details of

Overview

The 2015 World Cup champion and double Olympic gold medalist shares her story in her own words, for soccer fans of all ages!

In this young readers' edition of Hope Solo's exciting life story, adapted from Solo: A Memoir of Hope, the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer team gives readers behind-the-scenes details of her life on and off the field. Solo offers a fearless female role model for the next generation, driven to succeed on her own terms. Young fans will truly be inspired by Hope's repeated triumphs over adversity. Her relentless spirit has molded her into the person she is today—one of the most charismatic athletes in America.

Includes an exclusive Q&A with Hope!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–10—This memoir was adapted from Solo: A Memoir of Hope (Harper, 2012). Starting from her childhood, the athlete gives an account of the difficulties she has overcome-her father's absenteeism and eventual homelessness, poverty, a difficult stepfather. Solo used soccer as a means of escape and eventually came to play professionally, competing in both the Olympics and the World Cup. As the years went by, she built positive relationships with her family and repaired her relationship with her father, who served as a source of inspiration for her as she both struggled and succeeded. The main tension in terms of Solo's career, and the turning point of the memoir, was when she spoke out publicly against getting benched during the 2007 World Cup. She faced harsh team backlash for the next year, even though her comments were mostly directed at her coach at the time. Still, despite a shoulder injury and being ostracized by her teammates (which eventually dissipated after a new coach was brought in), she persevered and helped lead the team to victory. Soccer fans will enjoy the frequent and vivid descriptions of intense play, but even readers who are not familiar with the game will be able to share in Solo's enthusiasm for the sport. Most importantly, her story underscores the importance of the support of her family, albeit an unconventional one. A good choice for students who need to a biography on a strong, influential woman.—Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
Hope Solo is an Olympic gold medalist and was awarded the Golden Glove as the 2011 World Cup's top goalkeeper. She may also be familiar to readers as a contestant on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. But her life has not always been so glamorous. The young reader's edition of her memoir tells about a difficult childhood; her father, who had been in prison, left her family because of financial strain. After not seeing him for over two years, Hope discovered he was homeless. They grew close while she away at college in Seattle. The rest of her family-life was also strained, though she was always able to escape to her grandparents' house when her mother or stepfather got too tough or when her brother got into too much trouble. And there was always soccer. Though, due to her athleticism she played forward for most of her childhood, when she started playing for the Olympic Development Program, she began playing as a goalkeeper. That position was the one that helped the University of Washington's soccer program make its mark, and it is the position that she has played with the U.S. national soccer team since 2000. Though this is the young reader's edition and therefore been revised significantly from her memoir published for adults, it is still better suited for readers ten and older, rather than the eight to twelve age range stated by the publisher. The length and vocabulary would be difficult for many eight-year-olds, and some content, such as her noncommittal, yet romantic, living arrangements with the man she later discusses loving, brings unnecessary confusion for the age group. This compelling story is written in an interesting manner and will be of interest to readers who look up to today's stars of women's soccer. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062220677
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/14/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
130,316
File size:
459 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Hope Solo, one of the most charismatic athletes in America, is widely regarded as the best women's goalkeeper in the world. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, she has been a member of the U.S. national team since 2000 and has appeared on the covers of Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine. A prominent spokeswoman for Gatorade and Nike, she starred on the hit reality show Dancing with the Stars. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Ann Killion is a columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle. She has covered the past ten Olympics and the last three Women's World Cups for SportsIllustrated.com and the San Jose Mercury News.

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