The Million Dollar Kick

The Million Dollar Kick

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by Dan Gutman
     
 

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Whisper Nelson hates sports--all sports--with a passion! So when by a fluke she wins a chance to kick a goal past a professional soccer star for a million-dollar prize, she is torn. Should she try it and risk humiliation, or just forget the whole thing and save what dignity she has left? But the Million Dollar Kick might be Whisper's big chance not only to win a

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Whisper Nelson hates sports--all sports--with a passion! So when by a fluke she wins a chance to kick a goal past a professional soccer star for a million-dollar prize, she is torn. Should she try it and risk humiliation, or just forget the whole thing and save what dignity she has left? But the Million Dollar Kick might be Whisper's big chance not only to win a million dollars, but to regain confidence in herself.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dan Gutman's The Million Dollar Kick does for soccer what his The Million Dollar Shot did for basketball. Whisper Nelson, a seventh grader living in Oklahoma City, enters a competition to create the best slogan (the Million Dollar Kick Contest at the Donut City) and wins "the chance to take a single shot against the Kick goalkeeper Carmen Applegate for a million dollars." Once again the author works into the story line a plethora of tips and facts about the game, making this a book for reluctant players and soccer fans alike. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Would you attempt to kick a soccer goal that could win you a million dollars? This question seems an easy one to answer, unless, of course, you are Whisper Nelson. Whisper, an alienated eighth grader, feels like an outsider, at odds with her peers, her family and society's values. When she accidentally wins a contest that has her vying for a million dollars, she must wrestle with her fear of failure and her aversion to attention. Once she decides to attempt the kick, her life begins to turn around. She makes friends with others who have felt the same insecurities and who offer her advice about how to improve her skills as a soccer player and how to gain self-confidence. Her growth as an athlete and a person is complete by the end of this engaging book. Readers will find themselves routing for Whisper and identifying with her feelings. The author has created believable characters and has crafted a fast-moving and engrossing plot. The tale also includes a healthy discussion of several social issues, such as the role of sports in our society and our increasing neglect of the environment. A multi-faceted book such as this should not be missed. 2001, Hyperion Books for Children, $15.99. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer:Michele Gable
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Seventh-grader Whisper can't stand soccer. Her little sister is the family sports star. However, Whisper is the one who is tapped for a contest promotion and she must try to kick a goal past the town's leading professional star in front of a whole stadium full of soccer fanatics. The prize is one million dollars, but Whisper isn't sure the potential humiliation is worth it. She suspects that no one in her family really believes she can do it. Her classmates don't offer much support either. It seems her only ally is Jesse, a self-styled "computer nerd," and Whisper doesn't know if she wants to be seen with him, even if he has created a laptop simulation that could help her succeed. Gutman paints a sharp, funny portrait of middle-school society. The dialogue rings true and the various cliques and subgroups will strike a familiar chord with adolescent readers. This is an exciting sports story with a compelling message about individuality and self-confidence, as well as a touch of romance.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423100829
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
09/15/2006
Series:
Million Dollar Sports Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Dan Gutman is the author of many novels for children, including four other Million Dollar books: The Million Dollar Strike, The Million Dollar Goal, The Million Dollar Kick, The Million Dollar Shot; the Funny Boy books; and Virtually Perfect (winner of the Nevada Young Readers' Award a Virginia Young Readers' Award nominee). He lives with his family in New Jersey.

Visit his website, www.dangutman.com

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Million Dollar Kick 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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The Million Dollar Kick is about Whisper Nelson. In third grade she vowed to never play sports again. She won a contest and got a chance for a million dollar kick. Will she get it? Read the book and find out. This book reminded me of a time when I had a penalty kick and I scored two!
Dan Gutman gives very good details and information about the people and the soccer field in his books. I like Dan Gutman because he makes good books about sports. I think all of my friends would love The Million Dollar Kick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! Dan Gutman really won the MLS Cup with this outstanding book. I found it a quick read that parents could read to their kids but enjoy it just as much. Maybe even more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What would you do for a cool million dollars? In the book The Million Dollar Kick Emily doesn¿t have any friends. She enters a contest with 5,000 kids competing in soccer. On her way back home she finds a high school student that will be her tutor. And when that day comes her dreams will come true. I would recommend you to read this book. It was so good that I wanted to skip all the pages until I got to the end. I would strongly recommend this book to kids who love to play soccer. It amazed me in the first few pages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How would you feel if you got a million bucks just for kicking a soccer ball into a net? Thirteen year old Whisper Nelson, who hates sports and has only played soccer once in her life, knows what it feels like. Her sister, Briana, entered her in a soccer contest to take a shot against world famous goalie, Carmen Applegate. Whisper doesn¿t care because she thinks that it¿s a million to one chance that she¿d be picked, until the phone rings. It¿s the people that were holding the shot against Carmen Applegate to tell her that she won the contest. Whisper doesn¿t believe her ears. She runs to tell her mom who suggests that they could go to the high school soccer practice for help. The next day they went and asked the coach to teach Whisper, but the coach said no. She said come back again tomorrow to ask one of the girls to coach. So the next day, they went and asked, none of the girls said yes. That afternoon a girl from the team showed up at the front of their door and said that she would coach. So Whisper accepted. After a lot of work, Whisper got much better. A month before the big kick she stops and thinks ¿Do I really want to do this?¿ She thinks if I don¿t I will regret it. The day of the big kick she hears that Carmen Applegate was injured. Who¿s the backup? When they get there Whisper steps out onto the field. She sees her coach in the net. They walk up and shake hands. Finally, its time for the shot.Whisper backs up a few steps and one to the side. She runs, she shoots, the goalie caught the ball, but she was past the line so Whisper gets to take another shot. She sets up, runs, she shoots, its good. GGOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!!!!! ¿Million dollars for Whisper Nelson!¿ shouts the announcer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was my suit because if you play soccer you can learn some of the tricks Elle and/or Jess Kirby taught Whisper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book I read was The Million Dollar Kick by Dan Gutman. It¿s about a girl who doesn¿t like sports. She wins a contest that if she scores a goal she will win a million dollars. She gets a trainer and learns how to kick a soccer ball. While she learns how to kick a ball she discovers that she has an interest in art. The day comes when she has to shoot the ball against the greatest goalie in the league. Will she score? Read and find out! I would recommend this book to a friend because it¿s an exciting book to read.