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Soccer Battle
     

Soccer Battle

by Margo Sorenson
 

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Jared's teammates hooted and hollered each time Jose scored. Jared sat in stony silence. He had to force himself to cheer after each goal. TWEEEET! The ref's whistle was drowned in cheers. The Thunder team yelled and clapped one another on the back, bumping fists. Fine, Jared fumed. He'd get this under control. No new guy was going to come on this team and take his

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Jared's teammates hooted and hollered each time Jose scored. Jared sat in stony silence. He had to force himself to cheer after each goal. TWEEEET! The ref's whistle was drowned in cheers. The Thunder team yelled and clapped one another on the back, bumping fists. Fine, Jared fumed. He'd get this under control. No new guy was going to come on this team and take his position away. Not when it meant the play-offs. Not when it meant a chance of making the Olympic Development Program. Tomorrow's practice was going to be different.

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Children's LIterature
Young soccer fans will enjoy reading this fast-paced story about Jared and his efforts to regain his once perfect game. From the title, one would assume that the battle is among two teams, but it's actually more of an inner battle for Jared. Threatened by the talented new kid, Jose, Jared loses his esteemed field position as Jose out-scores him time and time again. As Jared's defensive attitude causes tension, he also loses his focus on soccer by not wanting to practice, and earns a low grade on a major school assignment by not studying. Since many students can probably relate to Jared's stubbornness in these aspects, this would be a good book for any young reader. This is especially so because of the realistic outcomes of Jared's actions. The realization that practice and cooperative team work vital to success finally reaches Jared, as he accepts Jose's offer to practice together. Familiarity with soccer rules and plays will help readers as the many details fill the story. But even those new to the sport will be able to appreciate the universal truths relating to cooperation, teamwork, and the importance of practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756911089
Publisher:
Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Series:
Cover-to-Cover Novels Ser.
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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