Parents' Guide to

S.O.R. Losers

By S. K. List, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Radical thinkers take on school sports.

Book Avi Sports 1984
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Be aware: Page 41 and 57 inappropriate for kids

At Page 41 the 7th grader says that he had a wild notion that they were going to talk about SEX..and at page 57 the boy says “ I believed in Santa Claus too,once..” Definitely not appropriate for a 9 years old. Be aware!
age 9+

i cant find it

the kids are lazy but great book

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Avi creates a funny story about kids outside the in-crowd -- with almost no allies. Taking on the sacred cow of school sports, Avi slyly postulates a close-knit band of radical thinkers who have better things to do than play soccer, and then imagines what might happen to their unlikely, unwilling team in a town where athletics is all. It's all about reverse psychology. The triumph is that it works -- for the central characters and even a little for their tormentors.

His caricatures of parents and school administrators are pointed enough to resonate with kids, but not so sharp they're harsh. In the darkest hour for the 11 uninterested players, when no one seems to understand, the reader is entirely engaged, as frustrated and annoyed as the teammates. As he sends up the relentless image of the all-around kid, Avi keeps his criticism good-humored by relying on the realistic voice of his young protagonists, and reasonable by trusting their honesty. This book goes a long way toward airing a widespread but overlooked issue.

Book Details

  • Author: Avi
  • Illustrator: Richard Scarry
  • Genre: Sports
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: January 1, 1984
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 90
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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