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Soccer Scoop

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Mac Williams, goalie for the Cougars, is known as much for his upbeat game chatter as for his outstanding saves. But when an anonymous artist starts making fun of him with a weekly cartoon, Mac is anything but upbeat. To make matters worse, he suspects that somebody close to him is the cartoonist. Would one of his friends really betray him-or is there someone else who ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Jared Shilts
Plot: Meet Mac, a goalie for the Cougars soccer team. Mac has a special way with his words. He and his friends love to play soccer and Mac tries his best to help the team. One day, the school news article depicts Mac as a cocky know-it-all. Mac is torn apart by these accusations and tires to find the cartoonist that made a fool of him. By the conclusion of Soccer Scoop, Mac finds out that his words can hurt others and he betters his ways.

Characterization: Mac at first is a run of the mill youngs
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Kate Schwarz
Nov 09, 2016 Kate Schwarz rated it really liked it
What a great sports book--just what my sporty son needed to pull him back into the reading habit. (That and all the for-older-readers nonfiction picture books I could find in our library system.)

Mac is a big talker of a goalie, but a good one, and is used to getting a lot of praise. When the student newspaper has a string of anti-Mac cartoons in it, he's dismayed and mad. He gets to the bottom of it but also has to confront how others might feel hearing his constant string of critiques during g
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Medford Children's Library
Sep 27, 2007 Medford Children's Library added it
Recommends it for: sports fan
Mac Williams is an avid and passionate soccer player for the Cougars. Some of the players on the team think he is bossy and egotistical. One day the comic in the school paper decides to make fun of him. Due to its popularity, the comic begins making fun of him weekly. Could it be one of his own friends? Mac begins to think of ways to figure out who is doing this to him. The joke isn't funny anymore and it is interfering with his goalie performance. Matt Christopher is a very popular writer for ...more
Hani Barghout
Jun 11, 2011 Hani Barghout rated it liked it
This book is a great book. It talks about a great goalkeeper, called Mac. He is really good, but he acts strangely during games. He is the captain of the team, but he yell so loudly that all the players can hear him. He always shows great attitudes, but he doesn't have a self control. He has to have the enough strength to handle his anger. I recommend this book to any sports lover.
124chris
Mar 14, 2013 124chris rated it it was amazing
A very good sports book wiht a good mix of game play and other interactions. Some of the soccer terminoligy was a little strange and not what is regurlarly used but over all a good bok for someone who likes soccer like I do. It does have some nice drama wiht the cartoonist leading to an exciting end.
Sean Castellanos
Sep 22, 2015 Sean Castellanos rated it really liked it
This book is about a kid who is a goalie who gets made fun of in the school news paper I liked this book because its about soccer. I think you will like this book if you like solving mysteries and like soccer I also think this book teaches you a lesson to not go against your friends.
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Sep 02, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
I liked the fact that it was part mystery, part sports story. Looking at reviews, they mentioned how some of the language is silly for today but it was really only one kid who used weird phrases (dolled up, spiffy, etc) and better old school phrases than new ones that make it inappropriate.
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Matt Christopher is the writer young readers turn to when they're looking for fast-paced, action-packed sports novels. He is the best-selling author of more than one hundred sports books for young readers.

Matt Christopher is America's bestselling sports writer for children, with more than 100 books and sales approaching six million copies. In 1992, Matt Christopher talked about being a children's
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