Soccer is a Kick (The High Fives)

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Chris, a member of the High Fives--a club consisting of five boys from Bressler Elementary who are members of the new soccer team--is ready to call it quits when his pushy father nearly ruins his game

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Grade 4-6-- Set in Colorado, this book's main characters--among them a girl, an African American, and two brothers who are part Sioux--are the 5th- and 6th-grade members of a soccer team called the Tornadoes. While the soccer terminology and strategy are accurate, the number of stereotypical characters and a too good to be true ending diminishes the book's quality. Chris, 11, overcomes personal, family, and other problems to score a game-winning goal as time runs out. After these heroics, he turns to a member of the defeated team--a formerly bitter enemy--shakes his hand, and tells him, "I think you're a great player." Pretty good composure, although he showed little of it in the early part of the book. Stereotypes include Chris's father, who takes the term "Little League Parent" to a new low; an egghead, nonathletic type who talks like a computer and is nicknamed Gadget; and a minority player with a chip on his shoulder. With so much of this type of sports fiction available, it would be refreshing to see an author come up with a different approach to this genre. --Tom S. Hurlburt, Rio Rancho Public Library, NM
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Sixth-grader Chris Morton desperately wants to win the respect of his overbearing father, a former athlete, and chooses soccer as a way to excel. He's good, too, except when Mr. Morton attends the games. Chris becomes confused when his father yells out instructions, and mortified when he argues with the referee. Chris also hates the unattractive athletic shoes his father urges him to wear, which invite derision from members of an opposing team. Ultimately, though, Chris is forced to confront his parent and, aided by some teammates, he quells the taunts of his adversaries by winning a championship game. In this first book of the High Fives series, anyone who is not a hardcore soccer enthusiast may be put off by the numerous technical terms and play-by-play activity. As for characterization, Chris's best friend Stretch is more admirable and consistent than Chris, who exhibits such incongruities as stealing from the father he fears and heaping praise on a relentless bully. Dealing with intimidation is an identifiable theme, however--one that may help to increase the book's appeal. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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