Sunday, October 31, 2010

Kickers Book 3: Benched by Rich Wallace

Ben gets a red card for dangerous moves.  Does this mean his team will fail?

Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers sent me a hardcover copy of this book for review (thank you).  It is currently available in the market and is written for ages 7-10.

It's soccer league play-off time and the Kickers are looking for a tournament spot.  But when Ben plays rough, he ends up benched.  If he's benched, how can he help his team?

Mr. Wallace writes a fast paced story that will keep young ones reading.  He knows about the sport he's writing about, and he also knows the temperament of nine-year-old boys.  He expresses Ben's disappointment well and makes Ben think about what he can do from the bench. 

It's written for middle schoolers and I'm sure they will relate to Ben and his problems.  They'll also learn some solutions to use if they find themselves in the same position.

This is good reading for any active child because it will grab their attention.  Check it out at your local bookstore, it's on sale there now.  And happy reading!

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