Kick

Kick

by Walter Dean Myers, Ross Workman

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Kick by Walter Dean Myers, Ross Workman

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: 131,536
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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
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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