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Why is someone threatening the team's star player?

Izzy thinks that Julia spends too much time cherry-picking and getting all the credit when they score. But when the team is threatened and their home field is sabotaged, the girls must work together to find the answers. Trying to solve the mystery and keep the team in the playoff race, Izzy and Julia find themselves in more danger then they imagined.

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Overview

Why is someone threatening the team's star player?

Izzy thinks that Julia spends too much time cherry-picking and getting all the credit when they score. But when the team is threatened and their home field is sabotaged, the girls must work together to find the answers. Trying to solve the mystery and keep the team in the playoff race, Izzy and Julia find themselves in more danger then they imagined.

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"A very interesting read...offers something for the sports-minded with a little intrigue and suspense thrown in. Highly Recommended."
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"The combination of sports drama and unique mystery story [is] very compelling...an engaging read."
Children's Literature - Monserrat Urena
Izzy and Julia are on the soccer team. They are best friends, but sometimes it is hard for Izzy to ignore the way Julia is always cherry-picking, but, as a good friend, she finds a way to let the bad feelings go. The girls soon discover, however, that not everyone is so forgiving, and someone has decided to show Julia just how much they dislike her cherry-picking. The team's home field is sabotaged. Julia is receiving threatening, untraceable text messages, and to make matters worse the team is not allowed back on their own field. Calls have come in saying that the land is contaminated with lead. This forces the city to close down the field for further investigation. What is even stranger is that these new occurrences might have something to do with a century-old train robbery and buried treasure. It is up to the girls to figure just what is going on. One of the most admirable traits of this book is the author's ability to seamlessly bring together several storylines. The prose is economic and direct. The characters are likable enough, though I often forgot just how old they were supposed to be. There were times when I thought them young, in pre-adolescence. At other times they seemed older, but all in all this is a book that manages to hold the reader's interest to the very end. It is recommended and would make a nice gift for the adventurous soccer player in your life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551437064
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: Orca Sports Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,381,094
  • Age range: 10 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michele Martin Bossley was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Her sixth grade teacher encouraged her to write down the stories she enjoyed creating, but it wasn't until high school that Michele really began to consider writing as a career. She graduated from the University of Calgary in 1991, and began working seriously on writing children's books.

Michele is the author of eighteen novels for young people. Ten of her books have been chosen by the Canadian Children's Book Centre for the Our Choice list. Others have been nominated for the Manitoba and Alberta Reader's Choice Award, and she was runner-up for the 1997 Writer's Guild of Alberta R. Ross Annett Children's Literature award.

Many of Michele's books focus on different sports. As a former athlete, she was involved in synchronized swimming in her teens and competitive swimming in university. She has also coached young swimmers, in addition to coaching her twin sons' soccer and hockey teams, and draws on much of that experience for her books.

A frequent speaker at writing conferences and schools, Michele divides her time between writing and parenting her four sons. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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Ausby drew back his fist. "Back off, pal," he snarled. "I'm armed, but I don't want to use it. Make the little girl give me the bag, and I'll be on my way. If you don't, there's going to be a whole bunch of people hurt here today."

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