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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  430 ratings  ·  142 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
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
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.
Keira Francis
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
Abdulrahman Boutaleb
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.
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.
Lee C
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.
Aaron Zamorano
The book “Kick” by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman is about a 13 year old boy named
Kevin who gets arrested because he “stole a car” for helping out his friend Christina. Kevin lives with his mother and his abuela after his father was killed. Kevin was a very good kid and no one knows why he did what he did. After the incident Kevin is signed up for teen counseling by Sgt. Brown a policeman. Sgt. Brown knew Kevin’s dad very well and did not want to see his friends son take the wrong path in l
In "Kick", a story written by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman, the main character, Kevin Johnson is a 13 year old star soccer player who always is in the wrong spot at the wrong time. He tries to help out his friend Christy but found himself in hot water when he was pulled over and wound up in Juvie when he wouldn't explain why he was driving her father's car. Kevin's team is competing in the New Jersey state cup where he wants to prove himself as the real deal. Throughout the story there are ...more
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
Jun 16, 2014 Carrie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
WHY do I keep doing this to myself? I keep reading books by Walter Dean Meyers! Each time I am absolutely sure that this is the one that will help me understand why he's such a popular author, that this is the one that will help me see why he's so great. And each time I'm still perplexed! Each book is still sub-par in my eyes.

Now, I will say that I think co-writing a book with a teen fan is an amazingly cool idea. I don't know of any other young adult author who has done this. But, that doe
The main character is kevin. His a kid thats in probation trying to put him in juveline detention center. He has a really bad temper. His desire is to play soccer. Another important character would be sargeant brown he's the one who will decide if kevin can handle being in a normal school or if he has to go to juvie. Kevin is a kid who got in trouble with the law. He was driving a car with his girl when he didnt have a license so the cops stopped them and put them behind the car because for stea ...more
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.

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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...
Fredy Navas-valdez
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Britt, Book Habitue
Not a bad story. Not spectacular, but not bad.

Recommended for middle school boys, especially if they like soccer.
This is a very light read with a sports topic and a bit of a mystery imbedded. If it were only that, it would be inconsequential. However, the book was co-written by Myers, a giant in children's and YA literature, and Ross Workman. Ross wrote Myers a fan letter at age 13 - Myers responded by asking him to co-write. This book is the result. I think we can hand this to sports enthusiasts who swear they hate to read - and they'll be hooked. It is a very easy read but appropriate for 7th/8th grades. ...more
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
A weird partnership between a fan of Myers and Myers himself, they team up to write a book together told in alternating points of view. Myers writes the old, wise African American police officer reaching out to troubled youth, Kevin, whose father was lost in the line of duty but is now caught up in a juvie case when he was found with a female friend in a car by a police officer after crashing the car they were driving-- and they're 13.

There is a secret, Christy, the friend, needed help and Kevi
Raenice Weakly
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
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
I won a copy from First Reads on Goodreads. I am a library media specialist and will review it that way. I think the middle school boys will love it! Walter Dean Myers has written many books for middle school students, and this one is as good as the rest.
This book is different from the others in that Walter Dean Myers is not the only author. He has teamed up with a teenager, Ross Workman, to write this one. They write alternately, chapter by chapter, with each one taking one of the two main c
D.H. Starr
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
Amazing!!! I have always been a big Walter Dean Myers fan and now I have another reason to love him. This book was was written by Myers and a 13-year-old fan of his, Ross Workman. I hope that the final copy will include the notes between Myers and Ross. The letters back and forth between the two authors added much to the story.

This is the story of a good boy who, with a lot of caring from a policeman, came out better off then he could have. A friend called him to meet her one night and he found
Holly VanDyne
What a fantastic concept!
First have to say that I won this book on Goodreads (yay!) and I am a middle school librarian, so I will be reviewing it as such.

I loved the fact that they had the original email correspondence between Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman when they came up with the wonderful idea to collaborate with each other on this book. The emails were like a story in itself.

I couldn't put this book down.
It was a quick read, but that's OK!
I loved that the characters who alternated POV'
Pedro Rodriguez
Walter Dean Myers's Kick amazed me with its suspension and unique style of writing the book from every character's point of view.I think this book is one of my favorite books because it is just incredible how the characters join their parts of the story to make the story even better.I really enjoyed reading this book.

The theme of the book is courage because Kevin Jonson has to deal throw a lot of things in his life.The life lesson that this book illustrates is never give up and always follow y
Walter Dean Myers is back with a new book that he has co-written with a teenage fan, Ross Workman. The book starts off with some of the emails that were exchanged back and forth between the two as they prepared to write the novel in alternating chapters with Workman writing as the teenage protagonist, Kevin and Myers writing as Sgt Brown. I love the use of the alternating viewpoint because it flowed so well. Many times, multiple point-of-views can become messy and confusing, but this one was cle ...more
Amari Ngunjiri
By: Walter Dean Myers
Published 2004, realistic fiction

Kick is about a young teenager named Kevin who is under investigation for a stolen car report. The stolen car belonged to his close personal friend Christina’s father. Kevin however was under aged and as we all know that’s not the best way to practice behind the wheel. Kevin is however let off with a warning and mentored by a friend of Kevin’s deceased father named sergeant Brown. Not to mention that Kevin is an up and coming soccer star
Karen Ball
This book started with an email from 13-year-old fan Ross Workman to his favorite author, Walter Dean Myers... who responded with a challenge: let's write a story back and forth, each adding a chapter. This is the result!
Kevin is the 13-year-old son of a police officer who died in the line of duty, and he's now in trouble. Big trouble. Late one night, he crashed his weeping friend's father's car, with her in the front seat. Then he refused to tell why he was driving or what was going on, and he
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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