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Tyra Fraser hates her life. A family move from sunny Florida to an army base in the cold north of England leaves her lonely and angry. Outgoing Tyra hopes to fit in by playing soccer for the school team, but the girls' team is terrible, and the coach is too focused on the boys' team to do anything about it. Tyra wants to turn things around, but before she can do that, she...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published April 18th 2007 by Kingfisher (first published April 2007)
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Mar 01, 2013 Taylor added it

Kickoff is an amazing realistic fiction book, written by Jenny Oldfield who goes by the pen name of Donna King. Donna King was born in Ferrybridge, Yorkshire.
The story takes place in Raimy Fernbridge, Yorkshire, England. The main character is Tyra Fraser outgoing, determined, and loves soccer. Tyra faces many challenges throughout the story for example she has a special ed sister, and her soccer team won’t accept her. My Favorite chacter is Tyra becaueshe loves soccer and never changes to fit...more
Judged by the Cover: It is bugging me but…it’s okay

The cover for Kickoff was well…a soccer ball… That is about it, sure it has “meaning to the story, but really couldn’t have been a little more creative.

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Kickoff is about Tyra Fraser who used to live in Tampa (in the U.S) and had to move to the U.K because of her Dad’s job (He’s in the military!). She’s really into soccer, but she has to deal with a new school having no friends and a sister who is ADD and autistic. Alica (who expects to...more
This book certainly kicks off frm the beginning . The story starts with tampa bay butterfies star tyra fraser moving with her army officer dad , mom andher hyperactive kid sister shirelle from sunny california to gloomy london , fernbridge .Tyra finds it hard to adjust to her new life what with the uniforms , rules , the accent , the limelight stealing self absorbed alicia and posse , school was hard .The only thing tyra looked forward to was -soccer ....The girls team of fernbridge get a new co...more
Maggie Fouberg
Tyra Fraser's dad is in the military. That means moving alot, their latest move was from sunny Florida where Tyra's best friend lives, where she was star of the soccer team, and where she was happy, to cold rainy England where all the girls hate her and where her possibly autistic little sister is going crazy. The only uplook for Tyra is soccer, the coach is really nice and can see the talent in her when everyone else just thinks she's a know-it-all showoff. Tyra's one friend in England is the...more
Tyra is like any regular tween aged girl who has to move away from where she was comfortable living. The book Kick-Off is written by Donna King. Tyra was living in the bright sunny weather of Florida! She had to move to the UK because her dad is in the military. When she gets there she will get a very rude awakening. Then she finds out that the girls in the schools want to have a soccer team! Tyra used to play soccer back home in Florida. When Angelica (a teammate) is mad because Tyra becomes ca...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Tyra's an Army brat, and her father has been relocated to England. Now she's leaving her best friend behind and must start over again.

On the first day of school, she meets Alicia. Instantaneously, Alicia feels threatened and uses her popularity to make Tyra miserable.

When she hears about the school soccer team, Tyra perks up. She thinks it might be a way to fit in. Unfortunately, Alicia was the star of last year's team. But as the season goes on,...more
Erin Behr
The book Kickoff by Donna king is about a girl named Tyra Fraser whose world was just turned upside down. Moving from sunny Florida to rainy England means that Tyra has to deal with a new school, no friends, an annoying little sister who has major issues. The only thing that seems to cheer Tyra up is the schools soccer team-who hasn’t won a game in years! With a new coach and Tyra’s amazing soccer skills, means that the Fernbridge girls finally have a chance to win a game. But one of Tyra’s team...more
Liz W
This book was a great book. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars because I think it could have been a little better but it was really good. Anyway this book is about a girl named Tyra. Tyra just moved from sunny Florida to rainy England. Now she has to go to. New school with no friends. On the first day of school Tyra has meet a girl named Alicia and she isn't to bad but once soccer starts and Tyra takes the spotlight from Alicia Alicia gets mad. The new soccer coach is determined to get the team to work...more
Kristen Kelley
The typicalness that is moving to a new country, where you have to deal with annoying weather, being socially outcasted, and family issues. This is how the character Tyra Fraser feels; all of us, at one point or another, can identify with this kind of discomfort. This story gives decent insight on how to attack changes that come at a person full speed ahead.
May 04, 2009 Irene rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People around the age of 10-13
Recommended to Irene by: Nobody
This book was fun and interesting, and from it I learnt that when you commit to a team. It really changes your life and you then have to stick to it. On the first day of school there’s a girl called Alicia she acts like those mean girls in the movies. So always think twice about trying out for a team. With the team Tyra got trophies for her self and the team, and later on she got to play against good players. For Tyra she’s in a new school and she’s trying to fit in so soccer was a good opportun...more

I read KICKOFF by Donna King. It is a book about a girl, Tyra who moved from Tampa Bay, Florida to England for her dad's work. She gets bullied at school by Alicia but is really good at soccer. Her soccer team needs to work together to win the season and tournament. But, Alicia is working against her team. They also have a new coach who is actually trying to help the team improve. Tyra thinks that with good coaching, the team can pull together and win. But will they be able to?

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Stephen enjoyed this and recommended it to me. Story is good and an enjoyable 2 hour read. Has some nice lessons such as teamwork (even if you don't like your teamates), challenges of being a kid when your parent is in military, sibling with add.
i havew to say that this book is so funny. there are things that would happen in real life. and somethings that if did happen in life. people would laugh at and make a joke of it. i read it about three times i loved this book so much.
It could just be that I am more advanced for this book then it's target audience, but I got it when I was. I feel like there was only soccer and there was very little plot line, but hey that's just me. Overall it was worth my time.
Mar 25, 2008 Debbie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: soccer fans
Tyra Fraser's dad is in the army and has just been transferred from sunny Florida to rainy England. Tyra hates her new school and misses her best friend and her soccer team. Normally very friendly, Tyra is shocked when her new classmates take an instant dislike to her. She hopes to fit in by playing soccer for the school team, but the girls' team wasn't able to win a single game the previous year. To make matters worse, Alicia, a popular girl who hates Tyra is also on the team and is determined...more
Ryann Yamaura
This book was so amazing I read it for class and thought it was awesome! Donna King writes the perfect book! I don't even play soccer but I think it is a great book. The book helped me understand soccer even more and also had drama so it was the perfect book for me! It helped me more understand the sport that most of my friends play but I don't really know about it. I hope that there are more books like this so I can learn more about other books! I am so happy I read this book. I couldn't put it...more
Tyra Fraser moves from Florida to England with her father, mother and troubled, younger sister. Outsider,Tyra, and rival insider, Alicia, vie to be captain of the girls soccer team. Tyra leads the team to a winning season, eventually taking the Yorkshire Schools Cup. Along the way, Tyra must earn the respect of her teammates and overcome injuries inflicted on her by Alicia and her cousin. The story is a bit predictable, but features a main character with character who consistently takes the high...more
Tyra has to move from sunny Florida to gloomy England.
All doesn't go well.
I recommend this to any soccer lover.
I really loved Tyra in this story because she doesn't change to fit in, being the only American at school.
This is a story of
dealing with problems, soccer, facing bullies, leadership, and hard work.
The theme of soccer was very appealing to my kids. Braden said he would give it four stars. He didn't know I skipped over some parts like a few swear words and one junior-high flirtatious exchange of words. It wasn't anything too offensive; just shielding since the kids are younger than the book is written for. The fact that it was written about a girl playing soccer didn't seem to bother the boys at all. There was a theme of teamwork, friendship, understanding and compassion taught through the...more
Aug 10, 2010 Renee rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 4th-6th
3.5 When Tyra’s family moves from Florida to England, there are many changes but one thing that doesn’t change is Tyra’s love of soccer. She makes her new school’s team but is at odds with Alicia who constantly snubs Tyra. Tyra struggles to focus on the game, after she learns that her family might move back to Florida to get better care for her 5 year old sister (who has ADD and possibly Autism). Girls who like soccer will enjoy this book.
feux d'artifice
I found the writing overly childish, the plot simplistic, and the characters a good imitation of cardboard figures. Nevertheless, I zoomed through this whole itty bitty MG novel because OMG FEMALE ATHLETES WHO ARE SERIOUS ABOUT SOCCER AND PLAY MATCHES AND TEAMWORK AND RIVALRY AND FRIENDSHIP YAYYYYY. I'm such a sucker for women's sports stories, you have NO IDEA. <3
This was a fun, short read. It is more of a middle-school book, but it was entertaining. There was, of course, some good lessons, like not giving up, etc. Tyra just moved to England and tries to fit in by joining the soccer team. However, one girl seems to have it in for her. Kickoff was good, not memorable though.
Arshia Zehra
Just soooo AWESOME!!!........i really couldn't put the book was just sooo wonderful!.....Donna King is a great writer.....i am definitely looking forward to reading more novels written by her!..=)
Jul 27, 2008 Kelsey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Soccer Players (or anyone) 8-13
This book was a little bit young for me, but it was still really good. It made me want to start running to get in shape for soccer. (And yes KK, I know I should've already been doing this :[)
this a good book for people how like soccer and it's for boys as well even though the main charecter is a girl it shows young talent and how someone strives to acheive her goals. a very nice book.
Solid sports story but with lots of elements that often get mixed up. Not a lot of emotional growth and the changes for both the main and secondary characters are not always realistic.
i loved this book so much because i love soccer. i understood the rules that shse was talking about. i read it a while ago so it is for younger children but it was still good.
I'm reading this book with one of my classes. It's about a middle school girl who moves to a new school and joins the soccer team. I don't like it, but my students do.
I absolutely loved this book! Donna King became my favorite author after I read this amazingly awesome book, about a teenage girl and her love for the sport of soccer!
Gayathri Mudigonda
This book was OK.....I liked the story but it didn't really take me inside the character's world. I would have liked it better if the story was a little different.
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Donna King is a pen name for best-selling author Jenny Oldfield.

Jenny was born and brought up in Harrogate, Yorkshire, she says that even as a child she wrote stories and made tiny books, complete with illustrations. At school her favourite subjects were English, although she preferred creative writing to comprehension, and Art.

Jenny went on to study English at Birmingham University, where she did...more
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