Alex has wanted to be a member of the Longhorn Lightning soccer team for as long as he can remember. But after his embarrassing performance at last year's tryouts, he's notsure if the risk is worth the reward. When a new friend offers to help him practice, Alex is tempted to try again. Can his new friend help him make the team, or will Alex's second chance also be his last?
About the Author
Who is Jake Maddox? Athlete, author, world-traveler – or all three? He has surfed in Hawaii, scuba-dived in Australia, and climbed the mountains of Peru and Alaska. His books range from the most popular team sports to outdoor activities to survival adventures and even to auto racing. His exploits have inspired numerous writers to walk in his footsteps – literally! Each of his stories is stamped with teamwork, fair play, and a strong sense of self-worth and discipline. Always a team-player, Maddox realizes it takes more than one man (or woman) to create a book good enough for a young reader. He hopes the lessons learned on the court, field, or arena and the champion sprinter pace of his books can motivate kids to become better athletes and lifelong readers.
Mike Ray is the founder of Ink Tycoon, LLC and a freelance illustrator with over 10 years of experience. Although Mike specializes in vector illustration, but is well versed in all forms of digital illustration as well as traditional mediums. Over the years, he has put together an eclectic catalog of work. Mike designed a series of children's books for Slim Goodbody, the “Superhero Of Health”. His work has been spotted in HBO’s Party Down and the film Thor (2012) as well as a variety of commercials. He has also accumulated nearly 2,000 images on stock art sites and has created branding for an impressive list of sports teams, including the Coventry Bears in the UK. Mike is a native of Detroit who now makes his home in Greenville, SC.
Table of Contents
Coach Palmer What did you say? Front-yard foes Park practice Just for kicks Team effort Uninvited guests Tryouts A team divided Scrimmage Sportsmanlike.
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