Playing with the Boys (Pretty Tough Series #2)

Playing with the Boys (Pretty Tough Series #2)

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by Nicole Leigh Shepherd
     
 

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New girl Lucy is desperate for friends. She tries out for Beachwood High soccer, but despite her amazingly accurate kick, fails to make the team. When the Coach points out that varsity football is looking for a new kicker, Lucy is skeptical. Football? Isn’t that a boys’ game? But on the gridiron Lucy discovers that she feels strong—in control for the… See more details below

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New girl Lucy is desperate for friends. She tries out for Beachwood High soccer, but despite her amazingly accurate kick, fails to make the team. When the Coach points out that varsity football is looking for a new kicker, Lucy is skeptical. Football? Isn’t that a boys’ game? But on the gridiron Lucy discovers that she feels strong—in control for the first time since her mother died. She loves football. She actually wants to play! (She also wants to hang out with super-cute quarterback Ryan Conner. But that’s just icing on the cake.) Too bad no one else wants her on the team. Not the boys’ coach, not her teammates, and especially not her overprotective dad. Will Lucy cave in to the pressure? Or will she prove she’s pretty tough after all?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Karen Galenis
"Sometimes where you think you'll fit in the least is where you'll fit in the most." Uprooted from her normal Ohio home and dropped down in a luxurious Malibu beach front condo, Lucy Malone feels anything but lucky. Her sure fire plans to "fit in" at a new school are quickly dashed when she does not make the girls' soccer team. Encouraged by the soccer coach and her two friends Charlie and Pickle to try out for the boys' varsity football team, Lucy quickly learns that, "You never know what you can do until you do it." While mostly a light, romantic, sports novel, the author does tenderly deal with Lucy's grief over her mother's death and Lucy's rebellious reactions to an overprotective single father. If you want a quick read to curl up with by the blazing fire or relax with by the pool, this book would be a great choice. Reviewer: Karen Galenis
VOYA
AGERANGE: Ages 11 to 15.

This predictable story revolves around fifteen-year-old Lucy, transplanted from Ohio to Malibu after her mother's death. Attempting to make friends, she tries out for the school soccer team but does not make the cut. She is an excellent athlete, however, and when the boys' varsity football team's kicker is sidelined, the soccer coach convinces Lucy to try out. Despite knowing nothing about football, Lucy makes the team. She must now show her coach, teammates (who do not want a girl on the team), and her over protective father (who forbids Lucy to play) that she deserves her position. She must also deal with vindictive cheerleaders. Before understanding her potential and realizing who her true friends are, Lucy alienates her soccer friends and her one true friend on the football team. Unlike Catherine Gilbert Murdock's Dairy Queen (Houghton Mifflin, 2006/VOYA June 2006), a solid coming-of-age story about a girl playing football, this novel is a fluff piece. The stereotypical gruff football coach quickly softens. Lucy has the proverbial crush on the cute quarterback. Her actions alienate her friends. The football scenes are devoid of excitement. Tigelaar's handling of the major issue-Lucy's father's unilateral decision to remove life support on her terminally ill mother and the impact of her death-has no depth. Although Lucy shows some growth, the remaining characters are static in a harmless, mindless, happy ending story. Reviewer: Ed Goldberg
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440634260
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/10/2008
Series:
Pretty Tough Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
186,982
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

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