Soccer Sabotage
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Soccer Sabotage

3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Nadia is playing for her local soccer team, and they have made it all the way to the national tournament--against some very determined opposition. Unfortunately, Nadia's challenges don't just come from her opponents but from her teammates as well. After their coach is injured in a suspicious accident and the threats against the team mount, it is up to Nadia and her younger...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Orca Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2009)
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I received this book from Library Thing early reviewers. This is one book from an interesting graphic novel series that combines fiction with facts (Graphic Guide Adventures). Brief blurbs with soccer information appear throughout the book. Some sections with soccer instruction are better woven into the story than others but the sections that are not do not really disrupt the flow of the story. The factual information about soccer is fairly basic and would not be useful to children who are exper...more
Not as strong on the educational content as some of the other offerings in this series, but still a good read. I didn't finish it with the feeling I could play soccer, though, like I did with skateboarding after reading Ramp Rats.

The Orca rep at ALA gave me a copy of this one when I'd raved about the others in this series--I love how information gets slipped in so that kids don't even realize they're learning things.
Apr 22, 2012 Mal added it
it was mystical. it had a lot of mysteries in it. it was a graphic novel about a soccer championship.
May 06, 2009 Shel added it
O’Donnell, L. (2009). Soccer Sabotage: A graphic guide adventure. Custer, WA: Orca Book Publishers.


Devin, the little brother to the team captain of the Lions soccer team tags along as an assistant coach to the Under-18 Canadian National Championships. While at practice, their coach is seriously injured and Devin suspects a foul play. (Ha! I’m hilarious)

While presenting a mystery, this graphic novel—one in a larger series—pauses the narrative occasionally to explain some of the prope...more
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SOCCER SABOTAGE would be perfect for reluctant readers. It tells the story of a sister playing for the soccer championships and her brother as the water boy for the team, told in graphic format. When the team's coach is pushed down the stairs and hospitalized, Nadia takes over as coach and Devin goes sleuthing to find out who is behind the sabotage. The illustrations are a bit too "campy" for me, but I don't think they will bother the intended audience. I like how the author combines a sports st...more
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For SLJ.
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