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3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  571 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
For the very first time in his decades-long career writing for teens, acclaimed and beloved author Walter Dean Myers writes with a teen, Ross Workman.

Kevin Johnson is thirteen years old. And heading for juvie. He's a good kid, a great friend, and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey, soccer team. His team is competing for the State Cup, and he wants to prove he has
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by HarperTeen
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Have you ever thought of writing a fan letter to your favorite author? Maybe you should. When Walter Dean Myers received a fan letter from high school student Ross Workman, he suggested they write a book together. Really. The result is Kick, a story told in two voices. Myers wrote the chapters from the point of view of a seasoned police sergeant who agrees to mentor a troubled young kid, and Workman wrote the alternating chapters giving voice to the young kid. Kevin Johnson is arrested after dri ...more
Hivan Escutia
Nov 16, 2012 Hivan Escutia rated it really liked it
The Title of my book is Kick. The author is Walter Dean Myers. The book was published in 2011 and it is a fiction book.The main character is Kevin. His a kid whose on probation trying to put him in Juvenile Detention Center. He has a really bad temper. His desire is to play soccer. Another important character would be Sergeant Brown he's the one who will decide if Kevin cam handle being in a normal school of if he has to go to Juvie. Kevin is a kid who got in trouble with the law. He was driving ...more
May 11, 2015 aibrahim4 rated it really liked it
Kevin is a kid that gets arrested for crashing a car. He doesn't want to go to juvie, but he won't tell why he 'accidentally' crashed the car. When Sergeant Brown hears about Kevin, he decides to help Kevin. Kevin is a football player, and his team is preparing to play in the league, but because of the arrest, he might not be able to play. Read this book which is about hope, perseverance, and fate.
Joey Bryan


The book Kick was a very well written book. It has a good plot, two amazing main characters, and a feel to it that makes you on the edge of your seat. One of the main characters is a young soccer player, Kevin Johnson, who is convicted of a crime and is sent on parole. His parole officer is the other protagonist, Sergeant Brown. These two seem like they would not be able to work with out each other. That is why they help the purpose of the book which is to entertain. I do find this book ente
Dec 04, 2016 Jamiri added it

The book, Kick , is about a 13 year-old boy named Kevin Johnson. He was a teenager headed to juvenile hall. Kevin had potential to be a great teenager, and was a star striker Highland New Jersey, soccer team. His team were competing in the state cup, and Kevin wants to show people that his true potential and how good he really is. He has never been in serious trouble before, until he tried to help out a friend. He was driving a car without a license and crashed into a light pole.Kevin is on prob
Keira Francis
Nov 04, 2014 Keira Francis rated it really liked it
Kevin Johnson is a thirteen year old star soccer player for his team in New Jersey. He has his moments when he goes over the top when he gets angry, but he never goes too far. Until one night. When Kevin winds up in jail his life changes. And somehow, all he can think about is the State Cup his team is competing in in a few weeks. Kevin knows he can't miss that game, he is one of the best on his team. Will he behave or get too overwhelmed and make a bug mistake on the field.
Sergeant Brown has b
Jun 19, 2015 MacK rated it it was ok
Walter Dean Myers has long been my go to recommendation for young men who don't think books still matter to them. So seeing that he'd tried his hand at a soccer player's story, I was quite hopeful.

The story of Kick is in keeping with Myers talents (a gifted kid on the brink of trouble, trying to hold himself and his family together against an urban/sporty backdrop). But the execution is uneven. His co-author (teenage writer Ross Workman) is just finding his voice and occasionally lapses into tan
Christopher Harris
Oct 01, 2016 Christopher Harris rated it really liked it
In my opinion, Kick is a well executed book that I could relate to my own personal life in different ways. It starts out with an officer and his typical day job. However, the case he took this time was the investigation of a man who committed the crime is the son to an ex-officer in the force. The authors Walter D. Myers & Ross Workmen used this book with a unique feel of two main characters. What I mean by this is that throughout the story, the perspective of the two characters change somew ...more
Abdulrahman Boutaleb
May 31, 2015 Abdulrahman Boutaleb rated it really liked it
Kevin was a preteen that just wanted to help a friend out, but his intentions turned bad to the police after he was caught in a car with his friend, so he was taken to detention center where he was awaiting his trial, then he was lucky enough to have counselling from sergeant brown. He was closely watched. He made a couple mistakes at first, but then grew to be a good kid. this book is about development, forgiveness and friendship.
Mar 28, 2011 April rated it it was ok
Kick is a very brief story about soccer and a kid in the wrong place at the wrong time. In collaboration with an actual young adult, Ross Workman, Walter Dean Myers has co-authored a story which is sure to be a hit with the athletic, male reluctant reader set.

Read the rest of my review here
Ernesto Abrego
Sep 03, 2015 Ernesto Abrego rated it it was amazing
What I think about this book is that it shows a teens life when there in a hard situation like Kevin. Also im really enjoying this book because Its about a teen who is trying to reach his dream to become a professional soccer player.
Lee C
May 31, 2014 Lee C rated it liked it
Walter Dean Myers is a fantastic writer. I have read a few of his books, but this book is not the best. Kick is not a terrible book, however it could be a lot better. If you were to ask me if you should read it, I would say that you should give the book a chance.
Mar 03, 2015 Shervin rated it really liked it
Kevin wants to just enjoy his life being part of the soccer team but one day he gets himself into a lot of trouble helping a friend so he has to go to the court then he tries to get out of the situation as well as winning the state cup. This is a story of courage, family, and passion.
Josh Newhouse
Feb 09, 2011 Josh Newhouse rated it liked it
2/3 in it's a 4 star book... A real pageturner... But the ending was very anticlimactic... No real drama , made it all feel a little pointless... An interesting experiment but disappointing... However I did read a preprinted... Maybe final book was touched up... Big fan of Myers...
Britt, Book Habitue
Not a bad story. Not spectacular, but not bad.

Recommended for middle school boys, especially if they like soccer.
Luis Avila
Feb 23, 2017 Luis Avila rated it it was amazing

The name of my book is called Kick written by Walter Dean Myers, and this book has really inspired me because it's about soccer and I myself love to play soccer. The book is about this boy which is the main character named Kevin and in the book Kevin made one mistake in his life which caused him to end up in jail but the good thing is that the officer that looked in his case was like family relative. The officer tried helping him to not stay in jail for life. After that the officer does help him
May 07, 2017 Cole rated it really liked it
The police spotted a car swerving down the road that was out of control and crashed into a pole. The driver was a 13 year old boy named Kevin. His friend Christy, needed some help, so Kevin came to her rescue. This is when his life started going downhill. In trouble with the law, Kevin meets up with an unusual friend that helps him get back on track. He focuses on his soccer game and helps his team get into the state cup tournament. Kevin still wants to prove to his coach that he is the best and ...more
Carrie Shaurette
I listened to this hoping that it would be something I could recommend to the large number of soccer fans in my library and it is a good one to add to my arsenal alongside Booked, Tangerine, and Over the End Line. There's plenty of soccer action and I particularly enjoyed (view spoiler)
Mar 06, 2017 Oliver rated it it was amazing
Good book
Jun 28, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Fast paced and inspiring, Kick is a book that sure to become a favorite of many teens out there who love sport related reads with a touch of mystery.

Kick tells the story of Kevin Johnson and Sergeant Brown and the bond they began to form a unquie bond. Kevin is the typical young man. He loves soccer more than anything, and he's a pretty good student as well as friend. Though, everything changes the night Kevin is arrested for taking a car without permission. Soon enough he lands an offense on h
Feb 24, 2012 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What this book taught me, above all else, is that Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman write together very well. Definitely an experimental type of novel, Kick—in which Myers and Workman have alternated writing chapters from two different first-person points of view—allows both of the authors to shine in their own particular areas of creative strength. As always, Walter Dean Myers conjures up compelling social drama as part of a plot that poses major questions regarding trust, loyalty and the ade ...more
D.H. Starr
Jan 08, 2011 D.H. Starr rated it really liked it
I don't often pick up teen books for personal enjoyment reading, but I enjoyed the read. Perhaps this is because I am a public school educator and know this author’s work or perhaps it’s the premise under which this book was written; Walter Dean Myers paired off with Ross Workman a teen fan who emailed with Mr. Myers. Whatever the reason, Kick was a read I enjoyed on many levels.

Following Kevin Johnson and Sergeant Jerry Brown, we embark on a journey that investigates the importance of family, l
Nov 01, 2011 Karin rated it liked it
Kevin Johnson got himself into trouble. He was caught in the middle of the night in a stolen car with a girl that had clearly been crying. When asked over and over what he was doing and why he stole the car and tried to kidnap the girl he can only shrug. Kevin doesn’t feel like he can explain – it isn’t his secret to tell.

Sergeant Brown is involved in the case when a thoughtful judge thinks there might be more to the story than meets the eye. In an attempt to stop Kevin from messing up his life
Raenice Weakly
Feb 18, 2011 Raenice Weakly rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Author: Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Middle Grade
Release: February, 2011
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4/5

Description: For the very first time in his decades-long career writing for teens, acclaimed and beloved author Walter Dean Myers writes with a teen, Ross Workman.

Kevin Johnson is thirteen years old. And heading for juvie. He's a good kid, a great friend, and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey, soccer team. His team is competing for the State Cup, and he
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
A 13-year-old soccer player, Kevin Johnson, the son of a police officer killed in the line of duty, tries to help his friend Christy McNamara and ends up arrested. Because he doesn't want to betray the trust of his friend, he clams up and won't explain why he was driving her father's car without permission, and is arrested for auto theft. The judge in the case, Bill Kelly, calls in Sergeant Jerry Brown, an old friend, to work with Kevin-to try to keep him from going to jail and to find out what ...more
Catherine Buffie
The book i’m reading is called Kick the author is Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman the lexile level is 710L. This kid named Kevin is a 13 year old soccer player when he’s on the soccer field all of his problems disappear he is only focused on winning and scoring. When his team makes it to the finals they face a team that’s called the Golden eagles they tied the game it was down to penalty kicks, the rest is laid on Kevin's shoulders... Kevin got into trouble with the law when trying to help a ...more
Austin M
Apr 16, 2013 Austin M rated it it was ok
I just read the book “Kick” by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman. I would compare this book to some of the Mike Lupica’s sports novels. I say this because this story has a lot of conflicts but still has the sports theme to the book, these books are practically the same but the writing style of the books are much different.

I thought that this book was really good for many reasons. The first being that there were sports that were involved and in books that's what really keeps me interested. Alth
Int'l librarian
This is a fun, very fast read, that manages to overcome a potentially gimmicky inspiration. The framework is an every-other-chapter duet from one of my favorite YA authors, and one of his teen fans. My assumption is that Myers, the established author, provides the narration of Sergeant Brown, a wise old father-figure cop. Workman, the teen, writes with the voice of a 13-year-old boy named Kevin who is eager to do what’s right, and win the cop’s respect. The two styles don't exactly blend well to ...more
The backstory of this novel is something out of a young bookworm's dream.  Thirteen-year-old Ross Workman sent a fan email to his favorite author, Walter Dean Myers, and then Myers wrote back suggesting they collaborate on a book.  Kick is the result of that collaboration and it's worth reading if only for the knowledge of how it came to be.

The basic story centers on teenage Kevin Johnson who tried to do something to help a friend and wound up in deep trouble.  The son of a cop killed in the lin
Jul 23, 2011 Jen rated it it was ok
Kick is a new release by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman. Myers chose to work on this book with Workman after receiving an email from Ross Workman in 2007 where Workman told Myers he was his favorite author because Myers makes teen characters seem so “real and genuine.” Basically, Workman said Myers doesn’t sound like he’s an adult writing about teenagers. Myers replied to Workman seeing if they could write a story and Kick began.
Kick is about a thirteen old boy name Kevin Johnson who finds
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi
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