Friday, July 15, 2011

Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman

This book was written in alternating chapters by Myers and a seventeen-year-old boy, Ross Workman, who wrote Myers a fan email.

Workman writes from the point of view of Kevin Johnson, a thirteen-year-old, who is enormously talented athletically, but has a difficult time controlling his temper and may be headed for juvie.

Myers writes the alternating chapters from the point of view of Sergeant Brown, a police officer assigned to Kevin's case.

Kevin is a striker on his school's soccer team and he's good. He wants to prove how good he is in his school's quest for the State Championship.

But before the quarterfinals even begin, Kevin ends up in jail - for something he says he never did. The biggest problem he has though, is he won't say what really happened.

Kick is a really fast read that is part mystery, part romance, and a lot about sports (especially soccer). It's a book about friendship, and growing up, and opening yourself up to accept the help of others.

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