by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Book Summary From Goodreads: From star soccer player and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan comes the first book in an empowering, fun-filled middle grade series about believing in yourself and working as a team.Twelve-year-old Devin loves to play soccer. If she hadn’t just left Connecticut to move across the country, she would have been named seventh-grade captain on her school soccer team.
But now that Devin is starting seventh grade in Kentville, California, all bets are off. After all, some of the best players on the US national team come from California. She’s sure to have stiff competition. Or so she thinks.
When Devin shows up for tryouts, she discovers that the Kentville Kangaroos—otherwise known as the Kicks—are an absolute mess. Their coach couldn’t care less whether the girls win or lose. And Devin is easily one of the most talented players.
The good news is, Devin quickly makes friends with funny, outgoing Jessi; shy but sweet Zoe; and klutzy Emma. Can Devin and her newfound friends pull together and save the team from itself?
Breview: She was running as fast as she could. Her friend Kara and herself were like on a string attached together. Kara passed it high high, she flicked her head forward in aim of the goal, she hit it, and ggooaall!! Her friends lifted her up and chanted her name but it was really a dream. She woke up and looked at her sister.
It was the first day of school and her dad was going to drive them to school. She opened a picture of her friend and saw the outfit she had described in her text. Her hair was in a long brown pony tail. Then her mom yelled up to her that she had to go to school early to get paper work done . She started to eat breakfast and got on their way. Soccer tryouts was today on the first day of school.
About the author: Alex Morgan became the youngest member of the US women’s national soccer team in 2009 and competed in the 2011 FIFA World Cup. She was the first overall pick in the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer draft and landed a spot on the US Olympic women’s soccer team in 2012. At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, held in London, Morgan won her first Olympic medal, a gold, with the American team. The team beat Japan, 2–1, in a match watched by nearly 80,300 fans—the largest soccer crowd in Olympics history.