Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThere's plenty of tenderness in this down-to-earth story about an average boy who wants to be more than average. When a new coach introduces soccer at school, Jeremy sees his chance. As in most rousing sports stories, team effort and friendship are the things that really matter, but the practices and games are clippingly handled and carry those themes. Jeremy has more talent than he knowsnot just for accurate kicking but for loyalty, perception and forgiveness. He has to be strong to stand up to his best friend Lloyd, a sports nut who ``gets crazy and says mean things'' when he competes. Although the author never settles whether girls are welcome or not on the motley team, he is sensitive to Jeremy's need for encouragement and warmth from his father and coach. (812)
School Library JournalGr 3-5 Jeremy is no athlete, or so he believes. But soccer is for everyone, and when the new gym teacher introduces it to Jeremy's fourth-grade class, Jeremy finds that he can not only hold his own but also that he can help win the big game against the school's best. Jeremy's problem comes from friends like Lloyd, who plays for nothing but winning; the conflicts between the boys is the basis of the plot. Other than that Jeremy is given a nice family and an ordinary life; there is even a sister with whom he fights, in this case an older one. Competently written, yet the story is unlikely to hold the interest of any but the easiest-to-please, especially since it involves a sport that is hardly new to many schools today. Robert Unsworth, Scarsdale Junior High School Library, N.Y.
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
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This book was so interesting..but i didn't like the way Lloyd was treatin Jeremy when it comes to playing sports...but I like the way Josie was so self confident and the way she likes to play tackle football... I like this book a lot. And i also love spots, especially FOOTBALL, I KNOW ITS THE Best!!.