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Playing with the Boys (Pretty Tough Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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?






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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 Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/10/2008
  • Series: Pretty Tough Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 111,101
  • Age range: 10 - 15 Years
  • File size: 253 KB

Meet the Author

Nicole Leigh Shepherd is the author of the Pretty Tough novels. She loves sports and believes in empowering and motivating young women to embrace their athleticism while encouraging them to lead active, healthy lifestyles.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

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    In Playing With The Boys, we are introduced to Lucy. Lucy lives

    In Playing With The Boys, we are introduced to Lucy. Lucy lives with her father and is forced to move to Los Angeles. She lost her mother and her father wants to get away from all the memories so he drags Lucy across the country.  Lucy's father forced her to move to Malibu right after her freshman year of high school. She's heartbroken to leave her best friend and the house where everything reminds of her mother.  Lucy; She tries out for the soccer team but doesn't make it, so the soccer coach suggests Lucy try out for the football team as a kicker, because their kicker recently got injured. Lucy agrees to try out and things seem to be looking great, she has friends from soccer, and now she is going to play football. But Lucy isn't always so Lucky... Many things start to go wrong for Lucy because of the choices she makes. The book is very well written, and seriously cute. Now some things Lucy does just got very annoying, and made her seem very shallow. The ending proved Lucy wasn't all that bad, but just made some dumb mistakes. I really enjoyed the football aspect of this book, it is very interesting to see female players because it's not something I've ever witnessed before in real life.      

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2008

    A reviewer

    The courage the main character Lucy had is infectious. Even though she had many obstacles, she overcame them to become a great role model. Football is a hard sport but playing with an all boys teams is even tougher. This books shows that standing up and facing your fears will get you what you want. As a female football player myself, this book is hope that the all female team I play with will not have a short life.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2011

    Love this book

    I completly was in love with this book when I started it. It might sound really weird but i couldn't put the book down. I read and read till I finished it. I probly read for hours and finished it in a day or two. You have to read this book if you really love sports or drama little myster.I am 100% that you will love this book! I hope enjoy it because I know I did.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Great book

    Lots and lots of drama
    Age 10-16

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Awesome Amazingly Fantastic!!!!!

    This book was amazing!!! I cant find the first one though:( i would reccomend this book to anyone whos a die hard athlete or likes sports BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Annoynmos

    I loved this bookto death read it in one hour

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Must read

    Best book ive ever read! Muat buy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    A Brave and OUTSTANDING Book

    i love how Lucy is a super brave girl that never gives up! This book is BEAUTIFULLY written. I love how in the end when u think she is going to fall for the all American footballl quarterback jock but something better happens. Lucy is a girl that never gives up and goes for her dreams. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Awesome

    Really sad ti see it end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Football advice for me?

    I am twelve and I love books about girls playing football because I want to play to but last year I didn't try out becuse I didn't know if I wa any googd at it. But I really do love it an really want to play. Any advice please comment

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Press here

    I totaly luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv football and this is like the perfect book for me and my step sisters who of course luv the sport but i dont really have the money to buy this book. Why does it have to be $10 ??? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Great

    Was amazing. Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Great

    This book is a major must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Loved

    This is such a good book! I wish there was another one, like a saga. I LOVED THIS BOOK! So good. I recommand this book for everyone that likes football cause u were a lot about it and that knows a lot about life. Cause this shows how teenagers act when they are older at times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Incredible

    Great bookloved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    ANOTHER

    If you love this book then you will love the book catching jordan i just finished it and i love it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2011

    AMAZING

    This book is the best book i have ever read it tells people that girls can do anything guys can do. i love this book. i hope you agree with me and read it :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2011

    A fun read!

    I loved this book! I stayed up all night to finish it. I think it is sooooo good because it is very realistic. This is a book that every girl should read!

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

    Amazing!

    This book was awesome! It shows girl can play with the boys!

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    cant wait!

    my friend just read this book. shr said it was awesome. dieing to read it and many more.

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