The Losers Fight Back: A Wild Willie Mystery

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Detectives Wild Willie, King Kyle, and Lucky Lucy have just discovered their next case. What secret strategy brings soccer triumph? This case is an urgent one, because the Bruisers—Lucy and Willie's soccer team—haven't been living up to their name. In fact, big, rotten Chuckie Herman has started calling them the Losers. They need help, fast.

There's a complication, though. WIllie and Lucy can't be seen together in public. Chuckie has been singing the K-I-S-S-I-N-G song, and—how ...

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Overview

Detectives Wild Willie, King Kyle, and Lucky Lucy have just discovered their next case. What secret strategy brings soccer triumph? This case is an urgent one, because the Bruisers—Lucy and Willie's soccer team—haven't been living up to their name. In fact, big, rotten Chuckie Herman has started calling them the Losers. They need help, fast.

There's a complication, though. WIllie and Lucy can't be seen together in public. Chuckie has been singing the K-I-S-S-I-N-G song, and—how humiliating!—kids might begin to think that Lucy is Willie's girlfriend.

It's a challenging situation all right, but if anyone can figure out how to avoid gossip and boost the Bruisers out of their slump, Willie, Kyle, and Lucy can. Maybe they'll even teach Chuckie a thing or two.

With some help from his detective partner King Kyle in Cleveland, Wild Willie and his friend Lucy figure out how to turn their soccer team into winners.

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Gr 2-4-In this sequel to Wild Willie and King Kyle, Detectives, Willie and his friend Lucy turn their losing soccer team into a winning one, but not without some mishaps along the way. They know they need ``One Big Guy,'' and the logical choice is bully Chuckie Herman. He plays-but not without a price. First, they must give him their allowances, and then he insists that they do his chores if they want to keep him on the team. The story is written in an engaging style and includes many humorous asides. Joosse provides a few words of wisdom from guiding adults such as their coach, who explains that soccer is a team sport, and from Willie's mother, who tells him, ``with payola, you have to keep paying more and more.'' But the bon mot comes from Willie, who says, ``Winning isn't much fun if you never get to play.'' The black-and-white cartoons, several per chapter, add interest to the events and the antics. In contrast to soccer titles by Matt Christopher, Dean Hughes, or Tommy Hallowell, The Losers Fight Back offers no play-by-play descriptions of games, but young readers will enjoy the humorous tale just the same.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
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  • ISBN-13: 9780440911401
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999

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