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Soccerland

Soccerland

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by Beth Choat, Robert Beck
     
 

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That’s what Flora Dupre promised her mom before she died of cancer. Flora and her mom had created a place called Soccerland, an escape world in which they’d ignore the beeping cancer machines and just talk soccer. And now Flora’s dream of playing for the U.S.A. just might be coming true. Flora’s received the invitation of a lifetime: the

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That’s what Flora Dupre promised her mom before she died of cancer. Flora and her mom had created a place called Soccerland, an escape world in which they’d ignore the beeping cancer machines and just talk soccer. And now Flora’s dream of playing for the U.S.A. just might be coming true. Flora’s received the invitation of a lifetime: the chance to try out for the Under-15 U.S. Girls’ Soccer Team at the International Sports Academy.

But at the academy, the level of talent is like nothing Flora’s ever seen before. She struggles to hold her own as she grapples with new positions, injuries, the world’s most frustrating coach, and contempt from other players who would love to see her fail. But Flora is a big, strong Dupre girl — and she’s not going to go down easy.

“Superbly written.” — Doug McIntyre, ESPN The Magazine

“Choat’s examination of the dedication, effort, and sacrifice needed to become a national-level player is riveting and inspiring. Readers will be rooting for Flora as she struggles to achieve her goals. — Kirkus Reviews

“A dazzling and expert portrait of the life of the young elite athlete.” — S. L. Price, Sports Illustrated

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Flora Dupre loves soccer, and before her mom died of cancer, she made a promise that one day she was going to play for the U.S. Women's National Team. She dominates the team at her secondary school, but she is not being challenged, and she longs to play with more seasoned players than those in her little Maine town. She gets her chance when her coach tells her that she has been invited to Colorado for a two-week National Team Identification Camp, where she quickly finds out that things are quite different in the big leagues. The head coach seems to have it in for her with constant criticism; a clique of mean girls makes fun of her large stature; and she feels very alone in the pool of 100 girls who are just as determined as she is to get one of the few spots on the Under-15 national team. Choat's background in sports journalism is obvious. While soccer action takes precedence over any deep character development, readers will enjoy following Flora's new friendships, budding romance, and changing relationship with her father. Themes of sportsmanship and the mental and physical aspects of training are subtly woven into the story line. John Feinstein, Tim Green, and Mike Lupica have broadened the availability of engaging sports fiction with male protagonists; this is a solid purchase for collections looking to expand female representation in their sports-themed novels.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Fourteen-year-old Flora struggles with her dual role as star soccer player at her rural Maine high school, dreaming of playing for the U.S. Soccer Girl's National Team, and her family's centuries-old tradition of potato farming. The need to succeed at soccer and honor the memory of her mother, a fellow soccer enthusiast, engulfs Flora in the two years following her mother's death from cancer. When the invitation to attend a two-week National Team Identification Camp for her age group at the International Sports Academy in Colorado arrives, Flora eagerly accepts. Once there, she quickly realizes that being the best player at her high school is completely different from working and competing with equally skilled peers. Flora must deal with bullies, a fledgling crush and demanding coaches. Choat's examination of the dedication, effort and sacrifice needed to become a national-level player is riveting and inspiring. She explores barriers to success a young female athlete can face, from coping with competitors' taunts to self-esteem and family issues. Readers will be rooting for Flora as she struggles to achieve her goals. (Fiction. 12 & up)
Ian Chipman
With the singleminded determination that a lot of young athletes will relate to, Flora Dupre is interested in one thing and one thing only: playing in the Olympics and World Cup as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team. She’s by far the best soccer player in the not-exactly-talent-fertile state of Maine, but when she’s asked to the tryouts for the Under-15 Girls’ Soccer Team, she encounters all sorts of physical and mental challenges that she has never dealt.....
Kim Dare
Gr 5-8–Flora Dupre loves soccer, and before her mom died of cancer, she made a promise that one day she was going to play for the U.S. Women's National Team. She dominates the team at her secondary school, but she is not being challenged, and she longs to play with more seasoned players than those in her little Maine town. She gets her chance when her coach tells her that she has been invited to Colorado for a two-week National Team Identification Camp, where she quickly finds out that...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761462491
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Series:
International Sports Academy Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
720,513
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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Meet the Author

Beth Choat has been a sports journalist for nearly two decades. She has written for Sports Illustrated for Kids and been a staff journalist for Sports Illustrated, ABC Sports, and three Olympic Committees. She has covered world, Olympic, European, and national championships from the inside, where she has observed and been told first-hand what it’s like to be a young, female, world-class athlete. Beth Choat’s expertise is sports; her passion is the empowerment of young women. She lives in the desert Southwest with her husband.

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Soccerland 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Kareny More than 1 year ago
This book is a terrific read for girls who are interested in sports! There are not many books out there which appeal to young female athletes and this book is well written. It is appropriate for young readers, and could be placed on a summer reading list as an easy read with potential for a great in-class discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I checked it out in my schools library cuz im obsessed with soccer, and it was great! I want to play for the national team too, so it was great! Ibfelt like i was actually there. It talkes about real life situations and stuff to. Great book, A+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book because it was a truman for this year. I am not a big soccer person, but i love it. You should read it too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I play club soccer and i think its amzaing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I have read it twice and i still felt the second time like i was in the book! I really hope she Beth Choat will write another book just like this amazing soccer story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended. A great read. My favorite read in a while.
ellisonWM More than 1 year ago
About a moody 14-year-old girl from Maine who gets to go to soccer camp in Colorado for two weeks as she aspires to be on the national team. An illness back home means she must decide weather to stay or not so she responds to her cousin about body waste. Then she get hurt. When girls call her names she resorts to physical attack in the chest and does not get in trouble. Real classy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like I was in the book the whole time! A great read for anyone with dreams the seem impossible!
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ShortySportsStar More than 1 year ago
What she has to go through is so realistic that i feel that i'm right next to her the whole time!