Maddox, Jake. Soccer Step-up. (Jake Maddox JV Girls) Capstone Publishers 2017 96p $18.99 ISBN 978-1-4965-3675-4 ms/jr Sports VG-BN
The middle-school girls’ soccer program is canceled due to budget cuts. The older girls on the team get a chance to try out for the high-school JV team. Lack of self-confidence, concern about fitting into a high-school program, and a “mean girls” attitude on the part of the high-school students make for a hard transition. By using their leadership skills and reaching the realization that they are better working together than individually showboating, the team comes together for a win. A hi/lo book for middle-school readers, this will appeal to all middle-school girl soccer players.
The series Jake Maddox JV Girls contains four titles about girls sports at the middle-school and JV levels. The hi/lo format, fast action and positive message about teamwork will resonate with middle-school girls. Strongly recommended for middle-school collections, as books on girls’ sports are not as prevalent as are fiction books about boys’ sports.
Summary: When middle-school girls’ soccer is canceled due to budget constraints, the girls get a chance to try out for the high-school JV team. For the three that make the team, it is a difficult transition, but teamwork wins the day. Grades 5-8.
Soccer-Fiction, Teamwork-Fiction --Lois McNicol