S.O.R. Losers
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S.O.R. Losers

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  191 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The South Orange River (S.O.R.) School is big on sports and famous for not losing a game all season. That all changes when the school insists that some seventh-grader non-jocks form a soccer team. The new team is sure that losing their first game 32-0 will put an end to their athletic adventure, but no such luck. their parents insist they try harder. The whole school cheer...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by HarperCollins (first published 1984)
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Lisa the Librarian
I thought the premiss of this book was the worst idea I have ever heard. The students at South Orange River middle school are forced to participate on a competitive school sports team. This is so stupid!!! There are a lot of people who just are not athletic! A whole soccer team worth of these non-athletic students are forced to compete week after week by a community that is obsessed with winning athletic competitions. Even after losing game 35-0 and worse. It almost seems to violate their Consti...more
Ed and his friends are different from the other boys. In a sports-oriented school, they alone are disinterested in sports. They’ve even managed to sneak through one year there without playing any sports!

But now they’ve been caught, and a special soccer team has been organized just for them. Even though they just want to spend time with the things they love – art, music, history, math, etc. – the school refuses to let them by. So Ed and his buddies reluctantly attend practice – and find that it’s...more
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The South Orange River (S.O.R.) School holds the record for its winning teams until this year. School policy states that all students must play on one sports team each year. Ed Sitrow and his cohorts managed to avoid this rule as sixth-graders. Now during seventh grade, they are forced to play on a special soccer team. Coached by Mr. Lester, a history teacher, this team sets new records in non-scoring. They lose their first game 32-0. The boys want to quit but their parents and schoolmates insis...more
South Orange River Middle School has a big sports tradition and a requirement that every student play at least one season of sports each year. Ed and about 11 of his classmates somehow slipped through 6th grade without playing any, but in 7th grade the school creates a special soccer team for them with Mr. Lester – a history – teacher as coach. So, this is a soccer story – sort of. It’s about what happens when a group of kids whose talents and interests are in art, and math, and science, and mus...more
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I'm left wondering why my students didn't quite get the message. They got the piece about how losing isn't actually bad so long as you're having fun, but it took major prodding to help them understand that the other part, doing what your good at is okay and should be encouraged by teachers and parents that they missed. Now I get it, we all need to stretch a little sometimes, but Avi didn't really get that point across since he was working the other one so hard.
I liked this book a lot. It is about a group of boys who are forced to play on a soccer team and lose, and keep on losing, because really they aren't very good. This isn't a book where the underdog comes into save the game, but it is a book that says you don't always have to be a winner. And when you don't win you don't have to feel bad about it. Though this is a short book and a quick read it had a lot of personality.
I liked this book because it had an interesting twist for a sports book. Here we have a group of kids who aren't interested in sports and are avoiding. They are in a school that requires each student to participate in a sport and find themselves on the same team making it the worst team of the whole school. Through every practice and competition they find themselves having fun being the worst.
Sad that nobody but the kids got this. Maybe my husband should read this, as I'd be interested to hear how this works with his ideas of organized (for kids as opposed to by kids) sports.
An okay book. I read it because a teacher was concerned about a line that a student read. I did not find the book inappropriate but I thought most of our students would not relate to it.
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This book really resonated with me from back when gym/phys ed was required for all kids. As a non-athletic child, I dreaded competitive sports!
May 07, 2009 Connie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Connie by: My sister
This book is ehh... i guess pretty good. well, its really good on the first time, but after a while it gets really boring.
If you have read "Romeo and Juliet-- Together and Alive!", you will sure enjoy this part with Ed and the others!
Catherine  Mustread
One of Avi's only sports books, not as good as his historical and animal novels.
i really like avi but i think this book was really boring and bland
I am in the middle of reading this book and it is okay so far!!!!!
OK book...... (but my mom loooovvveeesss it)
Eh...not the best book in the world.
This book is really good.
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Avi is a pen name for Edward Irving Wortis, but he says, "The fact is, Avi is the only name I use."
Born in 1937, Avi has created many fictional favorites such as The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing but the Truth, and The Crispin series. His work is very much desired by readers young and old.
More about Avi...
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Crispin: The Cross of Lead (Crispin #1) Nothing But the Truth Poppy (Tales of Dimwood Forest, #1) The Seer of Shadows

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