Shoot-Out (Comeback Kids Series)

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What happens when a star player ends up on the worst team? He either learns to lose or he stops playing the game he loves. These are the choices facing Jake, who has gone from champion to last place, testing his sportsmanship every time his soccer team gets waxed. It is his teammate Kevin who shows Jake that being a good captain means scoring and assisting off the field as much as being the star player on it.

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Overview


What happens when a star player ends up on the worst team? He either learns to lose or he stops playing the game he loves. These are the choices facing Jake, who has gone from champion to last place, testing his sportsmanship every time his soccer team gets waxed. It is his teammate Kevin who shows Jake that being a good captain means scoring and assisting off the field as much as being the star player on it.

The latest in #1 bestseller Mike Lupica?s Comeback Kids novels is a cheer-worthy ode to the one sport played by more kids across the country than any other?in the summer of the next World Cup.

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An enjoyable sports story with lots of action
Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
Twelve-year-old Jake is a soccer star who loves the game, but when his family moves to a new town, he is forced to leave the championship team he played on for a new team—a losing team. Jakes really hates to lose. Of course, there are worse things, Jake realizes, when he learns that his withdrawn new teammate Kevin is coping with his mother's recent death. Their coach charges Jake, a star player, with the responsibility of helping Kevin connect with the team, even though Kevin initially rejects all Jake's attempts. Jake tries to find a way to befriend Kevin, and to redefine what being a winner really means. With lots of sports action, as you would expect from sports columnist and ESPN commentator Mike Lupica, this is an appealing choice for sports fans, especially boys. Lupica nails the relationships, the dialogue and the slang, as Jake and his buddies—and his supportive, soccer-playing mom—tease each other in a good-hearted way and learn what true sportsmanship is. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—In Mike Lupica's latest addition (Philomel, 2010) to his Comeback Kids Series, Jake has gone from being on a star soccer team to his new school's horrendous one. He tries to have a good attitude and do the best he can while boosting the morale of his teammates. However, Kevin, one of the team members, won't have anything to do with Jape, and he won't even really play the game. Jake's coach urges him not to give up on Kevin, who has recently lost his mother to cancer. While the story is a bit didactic and is resolved too neatly, the sports aspect is exciting. Keith Nobbs's narration is expressive and well-paced. A good choice for reluctant readers and those wanting more contemporary books than those by Matt Christopher.—B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara Public Library System, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142418444
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/14/2011
  • Series: Comeback Kids Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 94,924
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Lupica

Mike Lupica is the author of many novels for sports fans. His columns for the New York Daily News are syndicated nationally, and he is a regular on ESPN's The Sports Reporters. Partial to the little guys, Mr. Lupica enjoys coaching youth basketball. He lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, with his wife and their four children.

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