Shots on Goalby Rich Wallace
It's soccer season, and sophomore Bones Austin and his team are struggling to make it to the district play-offsagainst all odds. To make matters worse, Bones has a crush on the girlfriend of his best friend, Joey. Bones and Joey are forced to learn a little something about teamwork, even when hard times seem to be tearing them apart. Rich Wallace returns to Sturbridge, Pennsylvania, in his stunning follow-up to Wrestling Sturbridge, in Knopf Paperback for the first time.
Friends and soccer nuts since grade school, Barry and Joey bring new life to a team that was 2-11-1 last year, but their relationship is undergoing a power shift. Joey's need to dominate is getting on Barry's nerves, on the fieldwhere his reluctance to pass the ball is costing gamesand off: He cuts in on Barry's pursuit of Shannon, a luscious schoolmate. The more the buddies drift apart, though, the harder Joey plays, and through a series of exciting games he takes the team to a climactic try at the local league championship. Meanwhile, Barry arranges to be alone with Shannon at a party, and Joey retaliates by getting him fired from the inn where they both work. The friends' rift is healed by an exchange of knuckles and twin attacks of common sense. Wallace's teenage charactersall involved in athleticsare drawn from life and mostly likable; adults stay in the background, but Barry enjoys an unusually close relationship with his savvy college-age brother, Tommy, a font of good advice. Thanks in part to occasional descriptive asides, Sturbridge takes on a distinctive character, too: It's a small, ethnically diverse, sports-focused town, limited in its opportunities but not as confining as it seemed in the previous book. Engrossing fare.
- Random House Children's Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.80(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.69(d)
- Age Range:
- 10 - 15 Years
Meet the Author
Rich Wallace lives in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. He has worked as a sportswriter and news editor, and is now the coordinating editor of Highlights for Children magazine. He coaches his sons' youth sports teams year-round, including soccer, basketball, and track and field.
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I Think that it was a great book. I like mainly how the relationship between the boys dies and then comes back it was just a good book. The suspense was what kept me reading. Good Job.
I really enjoyed this book Being a teenager and also on the high school soccer team and dealing with home stress and school (Such as boys homework and Spanish) It was good to see the other people that are out there just like me and that have a related situation. Yes the book dose have language that is not for younger kids!
This was a very good book, I enjoyed this book very much and helped me understand different things. Since I will enter highschool next year. I would recommend this book to my friends and teenagers. I think if you are a teenager or a young adult, you should read this outstanding book.
My 11-year-old son brought this book home from the school library. I was shocked at its' content. It contains material unsuitable for young readers. It contains the following: considerable profanity, references to cross dressing and transvestites, and even refers to 'doing it' and 'screwing.' This is just to caution you in the event you care about what your child reads.