You Can't Spike Your Serves

You Can't Spike Your Serves

by Julie A. Gassman, Jorge H. Santillan
     
 

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Alicia's pen pal's cheer squad needs new uniforms, but they don't have the money to buy them. So Alicia decides to raise money for them with a volleyball tournament. She is excited to play herself, but she can't seem to get her serves right. Will Alicia remember that you can't spike your serves?

Overview

Alicia's pen pal's cheer squad needs new uniforms, but they don't have the money to buy them. So Alicia decides to raise money for them with a volleyball tournament. She is excited to play herself, but she can't seem to get her serves right. Will Alicia remember that you can't spike your serves?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Alicia wants to help her pen pal, Jenny, earn money to purchase new pom-poms, and when an Olympic volleyball player comes to school to teach the fourth graders her sport, Alicia comes up with the idea of a tournament to raise the needed funds. Learning the sport is fun, and Alicia, a good jumper, especially enjoys spiking the ball. She discovers how hard serving is without being able to jump, but Reese suggests the perfect technique for her. Manga-style graphics give this book a cutting-edge look and enhance understanding of the text. Short chapters, colorful cartoon illustrations, and engaging subject matter make this title appropriate for those new to chapter books as well as older readers.—Rachel Artley, Watertown Elementary School, TN
Children's Literature - Krisan Murphy
Alicia Gohl, fourth grader at Victory School, is the narrator of her struggle to make the perfect volleyball serve, as well as her challenge to raise money for the school's cheerleading squad. All the students at Victory School are superstars, and Alicia's super talent is jumping. Just when Alicia thinks she will never learn to serve well, Coach Reece shows Alicia how she can apply her jumping talent to help her serve. Between Alicia's diligence to learn to serve and her initiative to raise money by sponsoring a volleyball game, this book models many excellent qualities for young athletes. Eager volleyball players, especially girls, will enjoy reading how Alicia overcomes her serving disasters to become an even better superstar. A helpful glossary of definitions and pronunciations is in the back of the book. Young readers will be attracted to the volleyball history timeline from the invention of the game in 1895 to the 2008 gold medal won by the U.S. men's volleyball team. Every page is illustrated with colorful characters in action. Students in grades three through five will relate to the dialogue, struggle, and victory of Alicia and her friends. The message of perseverance, discipline, and initiative are worthy qualities that shine in this book for young athletes. Students can read more of the "Sports Illustrated Kids" books about Victory School Superstars in this twelve book series. Reviewer: Krisan Murphy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434230805
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Series:
Sports Illustrated Kids Victory School Superstars Series
Pages:
56
Sales rank:
319,501
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

The youngest in a family of nine children, Julie Gassman grew up in Howard, South Dakota. After college, she traded in small-town life for the world of magazine publishing in New York City. She now lives in southern Minnesota with her husband and their three children.

Jorge Santillan got his start illustrating in the children’s sections of local newspapers. He opened his own illustration studio in 2005. His creative team specializes in books, comics, and children magazines. Jorge lives in Mendoza, Argentina, with his wife, Bety, and their four dogs, Fito, Caro, Angie, and Sammy.

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