by Walter Dean Myers, Ross Workman


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For the very first time in his decades-long career writing for teens, acclaimed and beloved author Walter Dean Myers writes with a teen, Ross Workman.

Kevin Johnson is thirteen years old. And heading for juvie. He's a good kid, a great friend, and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey, soccer team. His team is competing for the State Cup, and he wants to prove he has more than just star-player potential. Kevin's never been in any serious trouble . . . until the night he ends up in jail. Enter Sergeant Brown, a cop assigned to be Kevin's mentor. If Kevin and Brown can learn to trust each other, they might be able to turn things around before it's too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062004918
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 197
Sales rank: 784,603
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

When Ross Workman was thirteen, he wrote a fan email to his favorite author. When Walter Dean Myers wrote back and asked him whether he would be interested in writing a book, Ross was amazed—and incredibly excited. Four years later, Ross is seventeen and in eleventh grade. In addition to writing, Ross plays a sport every season: high school soccer in the fall, high school wrestling in the winter, and club travel soccer in the spring. He lives in New Jersey.

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Kick 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
KarenBall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book started with an email from 13-year-old fan Ross Workman to his favorite author, Walter Dean Myers... who responded with a challenge: let's write a story back and forth, each adding a chapter. This is the result! Kevin is the 13-year-old son of a police officer who died in the line of duty, and he's now in trouble. Big trouble. Late one night, he crashed his weeping friend's father's car, with her in the front seat. Then he refused to tell why he was driving or what was going on, and her father is thinking about pressing felony charges (car theft, kidnapping, etc) against Kevin. The judge asks veteran cop Jerry Brown to see if he can help Kevin because of his father's service and the fact that Kevin has never been in trouble before. As the investigation and the friendship both develop, Sergeant Brown suspects something else is going on with Kevin's friend's family... and that Kevin may be holding onto some pretty deep secrets. The chapters alternate, told from Kevin's point of view, and then from Sergeant Brown's. This works really well to keep the suspense going, and to give multiple sides of the same events. Because Kevin is a talented soccer player, his practices and games are part of the story as well, which makes this a great choice for sports fans. Highly recommended for 7th grade and up!
jewelknits on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A 13-year-old soccer player, Kevin Johnson, the son of a police officer killed in the line of duty, tries to help his friend Christy McNamara and ends up arrested. Because he doesn't want to betray the trust of his friend, he clams up and won't explain why he was driving her father's car without permission, and is arrested for auto theft. The judge in the case, Bill Kelly, calls in Sergeant Jerry Brown, an old friend, to work with Kevin-to try to keep him from going to jail and to find out what happened the night he was arrested. Ad he visits Kevin, attending his soccer games and trying to coax him out, Kevin thinks he has found a way to help the police with another case and begins investigating on his own.The beginning of this book shows the exchange of emails between Ross Workman and Walter Dean Myers that started and continued throughout the collaboration process - this was very interesting to me. It was fun to read the excitement in Ross's emails when Walter suggested they work together.Narrated in almost seamless alternating chapters by Kevin (Ross) and Sgt. Brown (Walter), the reader can tell that Ross has great writing potential, and I applaud writers such as Mr. Myers who work to encourage young readers to write as well.The plot was fairly simple and easy to follow, and although there were places where this adult reader thought things could have been more developed and even (for instance, there's a spot where the sergeant becomes unreasonably angry with Kevin during an exchange, and I couldn't figure out why), it seems as though it would be a great read for middle and high school readers, especially reluctant boy readers. QUOTESAll morning I sat around trying to think through what was happening, but I was too scared to concentrate. When the guard came and called my name, I hardly even recognized it. He said I had a visitor in the interview room. I hoped it was Mom. I hoped it was her even though I felt terrible about her seeing me in jail.I don't really get popularity, because most kids who are popular are mean, and the rest of the kids don't even like them.I didn't like people playing dirty. It didn't matter whether it was on or off the field - except this time I could do something about it.Writing: 3.5 out of 5 starsPlot: 3 out of 5 starsCharacters: 3 out of 5 starsReading Immersion: 3 out 5 starsBOOK RATING: 3.125 out of 5 stars
alana_leigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The backstory of this novel is something out of a young bookworm's dream.  Thirteen-year-old Ross Workman sent a fan email to his favorite author, Walter Dean Myers, and then Myers wrote back suggesting they collaborate on a book.  Kick is the result of that collaboration and it's worth reading if only for the knowledge of how it came to be.The basic story centers on teenage Kevin Johnson who tried to do something to help a friend and wound up in deep trouble.  The son of a cop killed in the line of duty, Kevin is one of the star players on his high school soccer team, but any chance at glory is jeopardized one night when he's found at the wheel of a crashed car, a crying female classmate in the passenger seat, and no story that he's willing to share that can explain any of it.  The car belongs to the girl's father and while he decides whether or not to press charges, Sergeant Jerry Brown takes an interest in the case based on the fact that Kevin has no record and his dad used to be on the force.  As the real story unfolds, Kevin and Sergeant Brown learn to trust each other and just maybe this means Kevin can salvage his bright future while not betraying the trust of his friend.Clearly geared towards boys who might not otherwise read unless there's sports or a whiff of trouble, Kick is told from two perspectives passed back and forth -- Kevin's (written by Workman) and Seargeant Brown's (written by Myers).  Knowing the background of the novel, it's really quite an interesting experience to see the back-and-forth perspectives, knowing how the two authors collaborated.  With years of writing for teens, it was a pretty wonderful move on the part of Myers to reach out to a teen for a fresh voice to spark the young man's career, or at least give him material for a pretty fabulous college application essay.  Kick is a good choice from the 12+ boy who might require some sports in his books to make them appealing.  The ending is tidy, but it's better to give hope to kids who make a mistake.  Another fabulous book from Walter Dean Myers.Note: I can't claim total subjectivity on this one, so take what you will from this review.
JackieBlem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Kick" is a very interesting experiment. Not only is Myer's writing FOR teens (as he does so well) he was co-authoring WITH a teen. Ross Workman was 13 when the two began to work on this book together. Told in alternating chapters between Sergeant Jerry Brown, a policeman and Kevin Johnson, son of a slain police officer himself, who is in serious trouble. Brown takes Kevin under his wing and ultimately uncovers the entire story--one of a boy trying to help a friend, not a boy gone bad. Though a little rough in spots, it is an inspiring story both between its' covers and in its' authorship.
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good story, but it kind of fizzled at the end. Kevin is arrested when he has an accident with his friend's car -- even though he and his friend Christy are only 13. A detective is asked to get to know Kevin better and to see if he can figure out what is going on, because Kevin isn't talking. Alternating chapters are told by Kevin and by the detective.
ark76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This review is based upon an corrected galley proof, provided in advance in electronic format.Kick is a collabration between well respected youth author, Walter Dean Myers and one of his readers, 13 year old Ross Workman. I particulary enjoyed the correspondence at the beginning of the book regarding their collaboration and how they worked together. It earned renewed respect for Mr. Myers and his dedication to youth.Mr. Workman brings his perspective as a teenager and his expertise as a travel soccer player to the character development of the main character, Kevin Johnson. Kevin is the son of a police officer killed in the line of duty who finds himself in trouble with the law and in a position where he feels he can't defend himself without betraying a confidence. His immaturity and temper continue to get him in trouble. Jerry Brown is an officer who takes a personal interest in Kevin, trying to help him stay out of jail, become a responsible man and own up to his temper and mistakes. This is a great book for adolescent teen males, in particularthose interested in soccer, or who feel that they are prejudged and not given enough opportunities. Myers becomes preachy at times, but in a meaningful, reall life way that will speak to many young males.
lnommay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book talk:Perhaps what's best about this book can be found on the back cover. "Here is the email that started it all." Ross Workman wrote an email to Walter Dean Myers, his favorite author (Autobiography of My dead Brother, Monster, Dope Sick, Fallen Angels, Lockdown, Scorpions, Shooter, Slam!) His favorite author wrote back, and he suggested they write a story together. He would write the first ten pages and Ross would write the next ten pages; they would write in alternating voices. After hundreds of emails in three years, Mr. Myers and Ross published this book, Kick. Ross wrote the part of a 13 year old in trouble and heading to juvie. He's a great soccer player with a volatile temper. Mr. Myers wrote the part of a police officer assigned to be Kevin's mentor. Read Kick for some exciting soccer scenes and also to find out what it was that got Kevin arrested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ema Dutcher Reading 1st hour Candace Morrison M.A. March 3rd, 2017 Kick I have read many books in my life. One of the books I’ve read is called “Kick.” It is by the authors Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman. This book was inspirational and every book store should have it. There are many reasons middle school student should read this book. The author was very successful when writing this book. The characters were all complex and believable. The main character was Kevin. Kevin was a soccer player and his father died a few years before. Kevin has a short temper and misbehaved. After Kevin and his friend get in a lot of trouble. He has to fix it. Throughout the story Kevin has ups and downs. In the story Kevin and his friend, Christy, crash her dad's car. At first Kevin and Christy don’t tell anyone why or what happened. Kevin has someone help him to work with his case. Kevin went to juvie, but was able to leave. Kevin is a great soccer player and sometimes he loses his temper on the field. He punched a kid because he got mad. All this could get Kevin in more trouble. Will he change? Or, will he stay the same? I think that this book was one of my favorites. It related to me because I play soccer. It wasn’t all about soccer. If you don’t play soccer it’s still a good book, because its not all about soccer. Kevin changed throughout the story. It was confusing at some parts and a little boring. If you read the whole book it all comes together. This book should be sold everywhere. This author should continue to write books. This is a must read for middle school students. I personally learned a lot from this book. As a soccer player and middle school student I relate to it a lot. If you are looking for a good book, pick up Kick at a library.
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Bballer21 More than 1 year ago
Teenagers usually turn to family or friends when getting into trouble. But in “Kick,” a story about a young teenager who loves to play soccer, Kevin has to make a choice to let his friend get in trouble or to take the blame himself. His mentor, Police Sergeant Brown, helps Kevin stay on the right track and out of the juvenile center. Kevin was a bright student who loved to play soccer, but one day he made the wrong decision, one that would send him to the juvenile center. Kevin was stopped by the police for stealing a car. He was asked by his friend Christy to meet at the park. Kevin met her, but was asked not to question her on what was going on. Christy was having problems at home with her parents. She could not take it anymore, so she talked Kevin into meeting her. Christy had taken her parent’s car, but when the officer arrived, Kevin was behind the wheel of the car. Kevin was arrested and had serious charges filed against him. Kevin was a great soccer player for his high school. Sergeant Brown asked, “Just what are you good at?” Kevin said, “I don’t know. Soccer, I guess.” (pgs 16-17) In order for Kevin to play with his soccer team, he would have to keep up his grades up and stay out of trouble. Christy’s father wanted to press charges against Kevin for stealing his car and kidnapping his daughter. Christy would not even open her mouth to help Kevin. She would not tell her dad that she was the one to take the car. Kevin would keep quiet and take the rap for something he did not do. Sergeant Brown was working on Kevin’s case, trying to make sure he stayed out of trouble and out of the juvenile center. Kevin did not like the juvenile center. He was anxious to go home to his family and ready to get back on the soccer field. Sergeant Brown really liked Kevin and wanted to help him. Sergeant Brown knew Kevin’s father, who was on the police force with him. He knew Kevin did not have a man to look up to or a mentor in his life. Kevin had a lot of support from his family and friends. Kevin did not understand why Christy was silent and let him take the rap for something he did not do. When Kevin approached Christy, she told him what was going on with her mom and dad. Her dad hit her mom and her mom needed to go to a hospital to get mental help. Christy would meet up with Kevin a few days later to tell him that her father would not be pressing charges against him for stealing his car. “I have some good news. My dad talked to Sergeant Brown last night and said that he wasn’t going to press any charges.” (pg 181) Kevin was really happy that he would not be going to the juvenile center. I rate this book as 9 out of 10. It was a really interesting book. I could relate to it, because I love to play soccer. It also was an experience that any teenager could learn from. It teaches you to be trustworthy and help your friends and family even if it hurts someone you love. Sometimes you have to make a choice so that it will help everyone out for the good and not the bad. Make wise choices and don’t be afraid to take the rap for something you have done and always trust in people who want to help you.
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Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and inspiring, Kick is a book that sure to become a favorite of many teens out there who love sport related reads with a touch of mystery. Kick tells the story of Kevin Johnson and Sergeant Brown and the bond they began to form a unquie bond. Kevin is the typical young man. He loves soccer more than anything, and he's a pretty good student as well as friend. Though, everything changes the night Kevin is arrested for taking a car without permission. Soon enough he lands an offense on his previously clean record, and the touch, sensible, and somewhat sweet Sergeant Brown enters Kevin's life with hope that he'll be able to get Kevin's life back on track again. Little do they know that everything is soon to change yet again, that soon they will have a great friendship. But will it be able to take the heat of a possible future court date as well as the secrets and confessions that keep tumbling out about that fateful night? Only time and more pages can tell in this read that will leave Myers fans cheering for Kevin and Sergeant Brown every step of the way! The best part of Kick is hands down the characters because both were likable and relatable. Kevin was the average teen boy, one that I'm sure boys and girls alike will have no problem relating to, and while Brown was tough on the edges on first, it was easy to see he was a softie at heart. One of the things I loved most about Sergeant Brown and Kevin was the friendship they began to form over the course of the book, because not only was it touching but inspiring as well to see Kevin began to look up to Brown as his mentor and step in father figure so to say. While the execution of the premise were a bit average and predictable, I had an easy time falling into the story, because I enjoyed learning more about soccer, the lives of the characters, and the legal process with every page. Also, I felt both Myers and Workman did a great job of leading up to the big reveal of what happened that night as the book progressed because it had just the right amount of tension and suspense to keep me intrigued. Lastly, the most inspiring aspect of this book would have to be the fact that Walter took Ross (a teen fan of his) on to write this novel with him after exchanging several emails. It was originally what got me interested in this book, and the final outcome was decent overall, because while Kick had its choppy parts at time because of the alternating perspectives, it was easy to see the talent Myers has and Workman is sure to accumulate plenty over time with his stories as well! In all, Kick is a promising debut from this writing duo, and I look forward to reading more by each, especially if they will be writing together! Grade: B
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