Sabotage Season

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The Kicks’ championship hopes are being sabotaged in the second book in a series that celebrates confidence and teamwork, from star soccer player and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan.

Things are going wrong left and right for the Kentville girls’ soccer team, and Devin’s sure the girls from their rival team, the Pinewood Panthers, are behind the many mishaps. Can Devin get to the bottom of the mystery and stop the sabotage before her team’s ...

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Overview

The Kicks’ championship hopes are being sabotaged in the second book in a series that celebrates confidence and teamwork, from star soccer player and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan.

Things are going wrong left and right for the Kentville girls’ soccer team, and Devin’s sure the girls from their rival team, the Pinewood Panthers, are behind the many mishaps. Can Devin get to the bottom of the mystery and stop the sabotage before her team’s championship hopes disappear for good?

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When the Kentville Kangaroos started coming together, Devin became confident that the soccer team that she co-captained had a real chance for the championship. And then things, bad things, began happening that made her wonder if it was bad luck or dastardly sabotage. As she searches for answers—and playoff victories, she learns things about herself, her teammates, and the game of life. A trade paperback and NOOK Book original by Olympic women's soccer gold medalist Alex Morgan. Editor's recommendation.

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"[The] lively first-person narrative incorporates plenty of soccer and daily-life details while highlighting themes about the importance of teamwork, good sportsmanship, and maintaining perspectiive about what matters—from playing your best to friendship."
Children's Literature - Bonita Herold
Devin, co-captain of her soccer team, realizes that the Kentville Kangaroos may make the playoffs. At the start of the season, that possibility seemed hopeless, so the turn-around makes her pretty excited. When teammates show up late for practice, she is concerned but not overly so. The tardiness does not affect the next game. But when she is called to the office before a game and her bag goes missing from the locker room, she begins to wonder about her bad luck. It takes another friend, Jessi, to point out that sabotage may be behind it—especially when there is a third, more serious incident. But who would want them to lose so badly? Could it be Mirabelle, the ex-teammate who called the rest of them losers? Jessi is convinced of her guilt. But what would be her reasoning, other than revenge? The Kangaroos are not exactly major players. As co-captain, Devin has to put on a happy face and get her teammates to concentrate. To advance their standing, she begins to breathe, think, and speak soccer—to the detriment of her friendship with her long-term best friend. In this mystery surrounding a middle-grade soccer team, Morgan makes a goal as she figures out how to get the team to come together—and maintain friendships in the process. If anyone knows her way around a soccer field—and a girl's locker room—it is Morgan, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist. Book two in the "Kicks" series. Reviewer: Bonita Herold
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 4–6—The Kentville Kangaroos, a California middle-school soccer team, return. Devin is a cross-county transplant, but as a serious student and zealous cocaptain, she aims to lead her team to victory through drills, hard work, and extra practice. The Kicks find themselves unexpectedly within reach of the playoffs. Then minor troubles crop up, and they can't help but suspect sabotage. Through her nightly video texting with her Connecticut buddy, readers follow Devin's interactions with boys, soccer, a little sister, and other distractions like an exploding soccer ball, damaged team materials, and scheduling mix-ups. Devin's narration sounds artificial, but overall this book is a good choice for girls looking for mysteries or stories about sports or friendship.—Glynis Jean Wray, Ocean County Library, Toms River, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Team co-captain and eighth-grader Devin returns (The Kicks: Saving the Team, 2013) for another tale of soccer teamwork, this time with a little sleuthing thrown in. The Kentville Kangaroos started off the season poorly, but they find themselves in contention for a playoff berth. This opportunity sends Devin into overdrive as she plans practices, researches drills and watches the team rankings with an eagle eye. When more than one suspicious problem occurs, all eyes turn to Mirabelle, ex-teammate and ex–best friend of one of the Kangaroos. A gym bag goes missing, a practice field reservation is cancelled, and even a fake email from the coach is sent out. The girls bring their observations to the league director, who rebuffs them. Taking matters into their own hands, the girls plan their detective work and their revenge. But will they identify the saboteur in time to focus on the playoff game? Can they even concentrate as the boys' team comes to watch them play? Morgan's new soccer series is wholesome and simple. She portrays the mindset of a committed young soccer player well, bringing readers in on dreams and plans. Although formulaic, the story's fast pace and plot buildup will appeal to female athletes. (Fiction. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442485761
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Series: Kicks Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 100,067
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Morgan became the youngest member of the US women’s national soccer team in 2009 and competed in the 2011 FIFA World Cup. She was the first overall pick in the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer draft and landed a spot on the US Olympic women’s soccer team in 2012. At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, held in London, Morgan won her first Olympic medal, a gold, with the American team. The team beat Japan, 2–1, in a match watched by nearly 80,300 fans—the largest soccer crowd in Olympics history. She now plays for the Portland Thorns FC in Oregon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Great book

    This book is a great book for tweens and great for soccer lovers

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Five star rating is a tribute to author Alex Morgan relating to

    Five star rating is a tribute to author Alex Morgan relating to children with soccer sports interest.  My great niece age 10 years 5th grade student checked out the first book at school library.  As an active soccer player, she really enjoyed reading the first book with favorite sport.  Her Barnes & Noble holiday gift card was used to purchase Series Book #2.  Series Book #3 with March 25, 2014, release is preordered  to continue with her soccer reading interests.  

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Great

    This book is so good i couldnt put it down this book made me be able to feel it to

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Amazig book(I play soccer)

    I bought it last week and finished it today ITS THE BEST BOOOOOOOKKKKKKKK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Book

    Love the first one.

    Follow me on instagram at #alexmorgan1313

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Its terrible

    Eww

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