Never Say Quit

Never Say Quit

by Bill Wallace
     
 

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They're the leftovers. The scrubs. Four boys and three girls. The seven nobody wants. Hot-shot soccer team rejects. So Justine, Randy and Brandon decide to form their own team: The Misfits.

It's not easy finding players, but it is even harder persuading down-and-out Paul Reiner, a former high school principal, to be their coach.

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They're the leftovers. The scrubs. Four boys and three girls. The seven nobody wants. Hot-shot soccer team rejects. So Justine, Randy and Brandon decide to form their own team: The Misfits.

It's not easy finding players, but it is even harder persuading down-and-out Paul Reiner, a former high school principal, to be their coach.

Finally Coach Reiner agrees to help. Rule #1, says the Coach, "You've got to become a team." It's a whole new ballgame as Justine and the gang learn how to turn outsiders into friends.

But the real goal is soon clear: to prove to Coach Reiner that he needs them as much as they need him...

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rejected by the local soccer team, a motley assortment of kids decides to recruit enough members to form their own team. They call themselves the Misfits, intending to describe their racial, economic and emotional makeup. Needing a coach, they draft their former principal, now an alcoholic. In exchange for payment in beers, he takes on their cause and, using self-esteem boosters, pulls the team together. Along the way, he solves (with alarming ease) various problems related to immigration and physical abuse. The pat solutions and cliched wisdom negate any possible credibility. Characters are little more than personifications of social problems, while colorless writing and a predictable plot further weaken this would-be Breakfast Club . Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
Deborah Abbott
Unfairly denied a place on the soccer team, a group of youngsters forms its own team. And a motley crew it is--a Japanese student who speaks little English, a boy who is clumsy, one who is too little, one who is a poor student, and another who can't afford the necessary equipment. The kids bribe their former school principal (who used to play soccer) with beer scavenged from garbage cans. After they have been strictly taught the rules for being a team and have had months of practice, their unconventional coach gets them into league play. What they and the coach learn about themselves, about each other, and about what is important in life makes a fast-paced story. Although the tale has problems--some characters are stereotypical, the principal abuses alcohol and tobacco, the parents seem distant, and there are unnecessary melodramatic touches--it has strengths and provides excellent discussion opportunities. The coach's method of building a team by forcing kids who do not know one another to play and study together is refreshing. There is enough soccer action to appeal to readers who enjoy sports fiction, and the theme of never giving up is laudatory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606066167
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
09/01/1994

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