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Great Reads for the World Cup

    The Soccer Fence

    The Soccer Fence - Phil Bildner

    Each time Hector watches white boys playing soccer in Johannesburg, South Africa, he dreams of playing on a real pitch one day and after the fall of apartheid, when he sees the 1996 African Cup of Nations team, he knows that his dream can come true.

    PICTURE BOOK Bildner, P.
    Happy Like Soccer

    Happy Like Soccer - Maribeth Boelts

    For soccer games Sierra rides a bus out of the city to fields that are nicer than the "lot" in her neighborhood, but so her auntie can be at her last game, she asks Coach Marco if the team might play in her neighborhood on a day her aunt does not work.

    PICTURE BOOK Boelts, M.

    Goal! - Mina Javaherbin

    In a dangerous alley in a township in South Africa, the strength and unity which a group of young friends feel while playing soccer keep them safe when a gang of bullies arrives to cause trouble.

    PICTURE BOOK Javaherbin, M.
    Soccer Star

    Soccer Star - Mina Javaherbin

    Dreaming of becoming a soccer star so that his mother won't have to work so hard, Paulo helps care for his little sister and prepares for his soccer game, but when a teammate is injured, Paulo's sister may be just who the team needs to win.

    PICTURE BOOK Javaherbin, M.
    Betty Bunny Wants a Goal

    Betty Bunny Wants a Goal - Michael Kaplan

    When a young rabbit quits soccer after a disappointing first game, her family encourages her to keep trying.

    PICTURE BOOK Kaplan, M.

    Dino-Soccer - Lisa Wheeler

    Plant-eating dinosaurs face meat-eating dinosaurs in a soccer match.

    PICTURE BOOK Wheeler, L.
    Pinkalicious: Soccer Star

    Pinkalicious: Soccer Star - Victoria Kann

    Pinkalicious and her soccer team, the Pinksters, play their first game against the Ravens, but when the ball is kicked off the field, Pinkalicious chases it and is picked up by Goldilicious for a trip around the world.

    EASY READER 1 Kann, V.
    Captain Awesome, Soccer Star

    Captain Awesome, Soccer Star - Stan Kirby

    Second-grader Eugene McGillicudy finds that he can tap the power of Captain Awesome without wearing the costume, as he scores a goal for his soccer team.

    Soccer on Sunday

    Soccer on Sunday - Mary Pope Osborne

    Jack and Annie search for the fourth secret of greatness for Merlin the Magician in Mexico City at the 1970 World Cup Games. They hope to learn something new from soccer player great, Pele.

    Horrid Henry and the Soccer Fiend

    Horrid Henry and the Soccer Fiend - Francesca Simon

    Moody Margaret thinks she is a better soccer player than Horrid Henry. Henry thinks Margaret is wrong. When Miss Battle-Axe forces them to play against each other for a fabulous prize, Henry will stop at nothing (no matter how horrid) to prove he's a soccer champion.

    Ellie McDoodle: Most Valuable Player

    Ellie McDoodle: Most Valuable Player - Ruth McNally Barshaw

    Ellie loves the Journey of the Mind club and struggles to keep from failing miserably on her soccer team, but when both groups have tournaments the same day, she musters her team spirit and tries to succeed at both.

    Go for the Goal

    Go for the Goal - Fred Bowen

    Josh joins an elite travel league soccer team on which the individual members are all talented but not playing well as a team, so their coach suggests that they do some team-building exercises.


    Shoot-out - Mike Lupica

    Jake must leave his championship soccer team to play on a team with a losing record when his family moves to a neighboring town.

    The Kicks: Saving the Team

    The Kicks: Saving the Team - Alex Morgan

    After moving to California, seventh-grader Devin is afraid she will not make the soccer team but finds, instead, a team so bad that she is compelled to take the lead and turn it into something the players and coach can all be proud of.

    Squish: Captain Disaster

    Squish: Captain Disaster - Jennifer L. Holm

    Squish, comic book fan and grade school amoeba, is made captain of his soccer team and following the example of his favorite superhero, must figure out how to turn a losing streak around without losing his friends.

    Goal! Science Projects with Soccer

    Goal! Science Projects with Soccer - Madeline Goldstein

    CHILDREN 507.8 G655 2010

    Soccer - Mary Pope Osborne

      CHILDREN 796.334 O81 2014
    Play Like a Pro: Soccer Skills and Drills

    Play Like a Pro: Soccer Skills and Drills - Sarah Dann

      CHILDREN 796.334 P722 2014
    US Women Win the World Cup

    US Women Win the World Cup - Brian Trusdell

    An overview of the American victory at the 1999 Women's World Cup, looking at the short history of the tournament up to then, how the 1999 event boldly expanded attendance, and the tournament's legacy.

    CHILDREN 796.334 T873 2015

    U.S. Men's Team: New Stars on the Field

    U.S. Men's Team: New Stars on the Field - Illugi Jokulsson

    Tells the story of the U.S. Men's National Team, from the formation of U.S. Foot Ball Association one hundred years ago to the recent success of the Men's Team.

    CHILDREN 796.33409 J749u 2014

    Goal! - Sean Taylor

    Where there's a ball . . . there will always be someone who wants to play soccer. Whether in Tanzania or Togo, Burma or Brazil, children love soccer. GOAL! celebrates the sport's power to bridge cultural divides and bring together the many and diverse people of the world.

      CHILDREN 796.344 T246 2014
    Soccer in North America

    Soccer in North America - Mike Kennedy

    An introductory look at the soccer teams and their fans of countries in North America.
      CHILDREN 796.334097 K36 2011
    Alex Morgan

    Alex Morgan - Illugi Jokulsson

    Gold medal winner and Athlete of the Year, one of the most exciting players on the scene, Alex Morgan has rocketed into the top echelon of world soccer stars.

    CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY Morgan, A. 2015

    Hope Solo: My Story

    Hope Solo: My Story - Hope Solo

    Hope Solo, Olypmic gold medalist and goalie for the US women's national soccer team, tells the exciting insider details of her life on and off the field, in her own words.


    Abby Wambach

    Abby Wambach - Jon Fishman

    Abby Wambach shot to fame in the United States soccer scene. She also became a leading scorer on the US Women's National Team.

    CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY Wambach, A. 2014

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