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Soccer Scoop: Who's making a fool of Mac?
     

Soccer Scoop: Who's making a fool of Mac?

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by Matt Christopher
 

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Mac is the best goalie on his soccer team -- and he's not afraid to let everyone know it. Then somebody on the school newspaper creates a new comic strip that caricatures Mac and his performance on and off the field. Mac wants to put a stop to it, but no one seems to know who the cartoonist is. He thinks it must be someone on the soccer team itself, because the strip

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Mac is the best goalie on his soccer team -- and he's not afraid to let everyone know it. Then somebody on the school newspaper creates a new comic strip that caricatures Mac and his performance on and off the field. Mac wants to put a stop to it, but no one seems to know who the cartoonist is. He thinks it must be someone on the soccer team itself, because the strip is too tightly connected to the team for it to be an outsider. But his suspicions lead to one dead end after another. Can he discover who the artist is before the comic strip gets out of hand?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Mac could not keep his mouth shut. As the Cougar’s goalie he continually told his teammates what to do. Some appreciated his commentary, others did not. Cartoons started appearing in the school’s weekly paper, all of which were making fun of Mac, although no names were used. Mac was determined to find out who was drawing the cartoons and started blaming his friends. Mac was not sensitive to other people’s feelings, although his friends were sensitive to his feelings--and Mac always believed he was right. One boy who was always getting slammed by Mac remained loyal to his teammates, although he was accused unjustly by Mac. Soccer fans might enjoy the play-by-play descriptions in this fast read which is part of “The New Matt Christopher Sports Library,” but nothing is learned about true friendships. Mac never grasps the importance of listening to other people and the cartoons are more cruel than funny. Reviewer: Janet L. Rose
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5When a cartoon appears in the school newspaper making fun of Mac's "motor mouth," the boy tries to find out who is responsible. This is one of Christopher's typical play-by-play sports stories with an upbeat ending and simple vocabulary and sentence structure. However, the plot is not particularly memorable. Mac has the bravado and confident personality often necessary for a successful goalie, but with all of his bragging, readers will wonder how he has any friends. Conversation between characters doesn't ring true and slang such as "You look spiffy" or the reference to a girl getting all "dolled up" for a dance sounds like phrases from the `40s or `50s rather than the `90s. Consider this for purchase only if more sports stories by Christopher are needed.Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316049160
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
11/16/2008
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
705,025
File size:
239 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Matt Christopher is the best selling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.

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Soccer Scoop 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the great books by Matt Christopher. I highly reccomend it if you like journalism or soccer. In fact, I reccomed it if you like a good book
Amy Monahan More than 1 year ago
Mac is the best goalie on his soccer team. He's always talking to his teammates and then a cartoonist puts a picture of him in the school newspaper. Will Mac ever find out who did it? Read this book to find out who did it.
John Fuller More than 1 year ago
I liked the description that this author put into were the goalie dived. I myself am a keeper, and I feel the same pressure this character is standing in the penalty box, petrified of the crowd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yup
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the cover because I am a goal keeper myself. And i loooooooooooooooooooove soccer. I hope you do. Love the book. Peace out
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know how the book is but if u r looking for a long book dont get midnight mystery its only 30 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heheh....if Link was on i would totally push him in and dunk him.....*has a cream tankini on that has a blue trim*
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pgs r there?
TRACY Lubke More than 1 year ago
I hated this book to wordy
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