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3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  365 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
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
Jan 01, 2012 InkBitten rated it it was ok
Shelves: clare
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.

What’s up?

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
Dec 09, 2013 Sofia rated it it was ok
perfect book! just kidding i didnt really liked it!
Jimmy Tang
Nov 17, 2014 Jimmy Tang rated it liked it
One of my kind of books that is able to be reread over and over with the same amount of joy as before is Kickoff by Donna King. The best part about this book is that it's written in a way that makes you feel like you're living the life of the main character Tyra. I'm able to relate to Tyra in various if not every obstacle she encounters throughout the book. Not only that, but also it's written about soccer. The minute I saw the typical black and white soccer ball on the cover, I just knew that I ...more
Maggie Fouberg
Oct 16, 2012 Maggie Fouberg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realistic-ficton
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
Erin Behr
Jan 27, 2013 Erin Behr rated it it was ok
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
Jalil Lewis
Apr 15, 2015 Jalil Lewis marked it as to-read
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Jan 04, 2013 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
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,
Apr 24, 2009 Shriya rated it it was amazing
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
May 04, 2009 Irene rated it liked it
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
Nov 19, 2012 Claudia rated it really liked it

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?

I liked this book

Liz W
Jan 12, 2014 Liz W rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2008 Debbie rated it liked it
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
May 13, 2013 Ryann Yamaura rated it really liked it
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
Sep 01, 2010 Mashell rated it liked it
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
Sep 07, 2009 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009, young-readers
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
Aug 10, 2010 Renee rated it liked it
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
Oct 02, 2010 feux d'artifice rated it liked it
Shelves: mg
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
Jul 30, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
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.
Jan 23, 2014 Taylor rated it it was amazing
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.
Kristen Kelley
Jun 02, 2014 Kristen Kelley rated it really liked it
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.
Allen Johnson
The book I read was Kickoff by Donna King. I liked the book because I like soccer. The main setting of the book was at Germany and the main characters are Tyra and Alica. The main conflict is that the two main characters don't like each other. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes soccer. I would recommend this because the people who like soccer should read this book.
Jul 02, 2014 Steve rated it liked it
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.
Arshia Zehra
Jul 15, 2011 Arshia Zehra rated it it was amazing
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!..=)
Sep 01, 2016 Hanna rated it liked it
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.
Apr 09, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing
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.
Uwimana Glorious
Nov 11, 2015 Uwimana Glorious rated it it was amazing
it is about a girl who plays soccer and also baby sits the kids. her and her other friend has a crush on their soccer coach which is very strange cause like your not supposed to have anything to do with your coach.
Sep 06, 2011 Carly rated it it was amazing
wonderful story about soccer...for all the soccer fans out there! found this in mrs. johnson's class library
May 20, 2010 Kerensa rated it really liked it
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.
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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
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