Soccer Chick Rules

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Tess’s love in life is soccer. When she finds out that all sports at her school will be cut unless the community votes for a tax levy, Tess will do anything to rally votes. She’s even joining forces with a cheerleader to help spread the word and raise funds. Throughout the campaign to save soccer, Tess is playing her heart out on the soccer field and struggling to make passing grades in her classes. But if the levy doesn’t pass, will it all have been for nothing?

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Overview

Tess’s love in life is soccer. When she finds out that all sports at her school will be cut unless the community votes for a tax levy, Tess will do anything to rally votes. She’s even joining forces with a cheerleader to help spread the word and raise funds. Throughout the campaign to save soccer, Tess is playing her heart out on the soccer field and struggling to make passing grades in her classes. But if the levy doesn’t pass, will it all have been for nothing?

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“FitzGerald takes a serious subject—school finance problems—mixes it with plenty of action-filled sports, and frosts the whole thing with best friends and rivals. The result is just what kids, especially girl jocks, want: a fast-moving, true-to-life, amusing take on middle-grade life.”—Booklist

 

“Girl jocks are the natural audience for Soccer Chick Rules, but it will also appeal to a wider readership. Its hopeful, but realistic, ending sends an important message to any girl with a passion or a cause.”—School Library Journal

VOYA - Jennifer Rummel
Sports = life for Tess. She is a soccer chick whose school may or may not be having sports teams in the near future because of potential budget cuts. Tess joins the committee under cheerleader classmate Olivia's direction to spread the word about the upcoming school budget vote. Normally Tess would never take directions from Olivia, but Tess finds that she is willing to do what it takes to support the vote, from canvassing the neighborhood to finding a perfect place for the haunted-house fundraiser. Tess divides her time between the committee, her soccer team, and other aspects of middle school life. Having fun in simple day-to-day activities makes Tess a delightful character with plenty of colorful sidekicks. Her best friend, Ibby, who is a germ freak; her friend Bo; Mark, her sometimes annoying older brother; and his potentially new girlfriend, Jillian, who does not like Tess, all add their own humor to the story. With all the pressure that Tess feels, it is no wonder that she makes up some rules along the way. Without a romantic interest for the main character, some girls might think twice about reading this sporty book, but it is just perfect for those tom girls out there. The soccer sequences from the book include practices, scrimmaging the boys' team, two very important games, and Tess running many laps for being late to practice in this great addition to libraries.
Children's Literature - Melissa Hower
Tess Munro, a thirteen-year-old soccer chick, finds her self in the middle of a dilemma when she learns that all sports programs at her school will be abolished if a tax levy isn't passed. Tess lives for sports, and, quite frankly, only attends school for the extracurricular activities at the end of the day. She and her friends work hard to fight for their true love, sports. The students work together to convince the community that sports programs need to continue to be offered at school. They make yard signs and develop a fundraising project, but things don't always go as planned. They encounter quite a few bumps in the road as they journey through local politics. While dealing with the stress of possibly losing school sports, Tess is also gearing up for the soccer game of her life. The author offers a realistic plot, terrific character development, and humorous dialogue to capture the interest of middle school students. With a bittersweet ending, this book provides a great lesson—never, ever give up!
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Tess Munro, 13, loves soccer. When school sports funding hinges on getting a tax levy voted in, she works hard to make it happen, but her fundraising activities go awry, and she makes an enemy of an imperious classmate. Jillian hates her after her soccer ball hits Bo, on whom Jillian has a crush. When Tess's team suffers its only loss of the season, she vows to win her last home game, which is on the same day as the election. Her team wins the game, but the levy is voted down. In an abrupt but satisfying ending, Tess raises funds for a pay-for-play team and earns Jillian's friendship. Seven "soccer chick rules" are dispensed throughout the novel. Although they work well to highlight Tess's motivation, they would be more effective at the beginning or end of chapters. Girl jocks are the natural audience for Soccer Chick Rules, but it will also appeal to a wider readership. Its hopeful but realistic ending sends an important message to any girl with a passion or a cause.-Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Late in this cleverly titled story, Tess Munro, a passionate all-around athlete, is told by her brother that she has a one-track mind. But Tess, an eighth-grade girl, knows that her mind actually runs on two tracks: beating the soccer team that defeated hers, and making sure that the school levy, designed to fund after-school activities including student sports, passes in a community vote so that she can continue to do what she loves. FitzGerald's story, which mixes soccer realism with vanilla-flavored characterizations, basically runs down those same tracks, as Tess struggles to meet her goals. The personal conflicts have a good sportsmanship-like quality, which is to say they lack heat. What interests FitzGerald, and what she portrays well, is an expression of the sheer joy of athletic competition and the hard-breathing fray of the game. Consequently, it's a story that will largely appeal to female athletes, though its life message, which involves trying your best and not giving up, is applicable to all. (Fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312376628
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 297,860
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Dawn Fitzgerald’s first novel, Getting in the Game, was published to glowing reviews. Finally, sports fiction for middle-grade girls! Dawn FitzGerald lives in Ohio with her husband and two children. She teaches high school English and—as Coach Fitz—coaches the girls’ varsity soccer team.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    Soccer Rules!

    In this book a girl named Tess goes through many hard times to find a way to get a levy passed.To find out if tess can do it read this amazing book!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2008

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

    This book was the best book I have ever read!! I was so good!! If you are a girl or boy who likes science and politics this is the book for you!! You have got to read it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2007

    Great book!!!!!

    This book was awesome for anyone who loves sports and has annoying brothers. I recomend this book to anyone. especially middle schoolers. AWESOME BOOK! thanks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

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    Tess Munro loves sports, but most of all she loves soccer. Tess lives in a small town. The board who controls the sports at her school decides to ask the town if they will keep paying extra taxes so the kids will able to have sports. Tess and her friends have to keep their fingers crossed and hope that the levy will pass. They will also have to sacrifice their Saturdays to advertise the cause in hope of winning. I think this is a good book because it really let you into the characters lives and explained their ideas and feelings in a unique way. I also liked the story line and liked how Tess wasn¿t afraid to speak her mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    Good Book

    Tess Munro is an average high school girl who lives for sports. The story takes place at Tess¿ high school. It all starts when the town decides to take away sports at her local high school. But Tess is not willing to go down without a fight. With her arch-enemy Olivia Fletcher and her friends Ibby Bloom and Bo Tauber, Tess is determined to save the sports. Will sports stay or go? I think Soccer Chic Rules is not like many other books. It isn¿t like hero¿s saving the world, but it has a fair amount of humor. I can say that the characters are funny and have special personalities. Otherwise, They¿re your normal, every day teenagers. If you love books full of action, like me, it may seem a little boring. Otherwise, it¿s a great absorbing story, and you will never want to give up quickly after you read this book.

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