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By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Soccer player faces divorce, bullies in fast-paced novel.

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This lively, touching middle school soccer story is full of fun, whether you're a soccer fan or not. At times, it moves with the breakneck speed of a soccer game -- complete with sudden halting stops of defeat. The sneaky and hilarious way author Kwame Alexander introduces "weird" yet cool vocabulary words is a delightful part of this realistic look into middle school life.

While somewhat lighter than Alexander's The Crossover, Booked still deals with serious life issues for middle schoolers, including bullying, racism, divorce, and education. Kids will find it relatable, and parents and educators will love the positive messaging about family, friendship, and learning.

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