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Kick

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  633 ratings  ·  204 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
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ebook, 224 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
aibrahim4
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mathew Waycaster
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman there is a boy named Kevin who gets in trouble and it involves a car wreck involving him and a girl. Kevin plays soccer for his school and is nervous about juvie and charges. There is a police sergeant named Jerry Brown who tries to help Kevin and find out what happened during that night. Kevin is a very talented soccer player but has some issues that affect him. Kevin's mother is disappointed and the girls father is angry but Sergeant Brown ...more
Kaedyn Guerina
Kick by Walter Dean Myers is a great book for kids 13 and older with the lexile of 710. This book was published on November 1 ,2011.

Kick is mainly about a great 13 year old soccer player name Kevin Johnson. In the beginning of the book, Kevin is at the mall with his friends, and soon he finds out that his friend Christy’s, mom is going to commit suicide. Kevin goes with Christy and takes her dad’s car to find her mom. But, Kevin gets into an accident. Kevin’s mentor Sargent Brown comes and ta
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Joey Bryan

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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
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Jamiri

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
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Keira Francis
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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MacK
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
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Christopher Harris
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
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.
April
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Shervin
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Lane
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Title of my book is Kick and the lexile level is 710L. 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 can handle being in a normal school of if he has to go to Juvie.
Kevin is a kid who got in trouble
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Bowen Li
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second choice book fourth quarter. The main character is Kick is Kevin Johnson. Kevin is a great soccer player. One night, Kevin was driving without license, kidnapping Christy, destruction of property and giving false answers. Someone called the police and the police sent Kevin to jail. Bill and Sergeant brown talked about what Kevin did. Bill told Sergeant Brown all about the night Kevin was driving. When Kevin was in jail, Sergeant Brown asked Kevin what happened and about Kevin. L ...more
R U D Y
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is “Kick” by author, Walter Dean Myers. The main character is Kevin Johnson who is a young talented soccer player, who never got into trouble till one day he makes an unwise decision that turns things around in his life.
Sergeant Brown is my favorite character because he is helping Kevin with his case. The background they gave Sergeant Brown makes his character come to life. With all the things happening in the book, such as the perspective of the story switching between the characters,
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TheHomieRonald
Kick is a mystery by Walter Dean Myers that depicts a boy named Kevin. Kevin is a Hispanic soccer player for his high school, and he is also friends with a girl named Christy who alongside him gets into trouble. Due to this Kevin is arrested for grand theft auto and damage causing him to be visited by detective brown. Detective Brown helps Kevin throughout the book trying to figure out how to get him out of the trouble he has put himself in. This creates a sense of friendship between the two and ...more
Natalie
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sergeant Jerry Brown is asked to look into a case of Kevin Johnson, a 13-year old arrested for car theft and kidnapping. Kevin was with another 13-year old, Christy, driving Christy's dad's car. Kevin has a few secrets to keep and isn't sure if he can trust Sergeant Brown. His own father was killed in the line of duty and Kevin doesn't know how to handle the grief and anger that come with that. He's sure that he was doing a good thing for Christy but it has definitely gotten him into trouble. As ...more
Luis Avila
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Cole
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Omar
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
KICK is about a kid named Kevin that gets arrested for crashing a car that he stole into a pole. He doesn't want to go to juvie but for some reason he doesn't want to tell the reason why he crashed the car on ‘accident’. Then someone named Sergeant Brown hears about kevin he wants to help him out. Kevin plays soccer but he might not be able to play because of what happened. I personally did not like this book because I thought it was going to be more about soccer but it was mostly about the cri ...more
Eric
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman’s novel Kick life is not so easy for a young thirteen year old Kevin Johnson. Kevin Johnson was arrested for driving his friends dad’s car on a highway. Kevin is a star soccer player and know that he has been arrested he might not be able to play in the state tournament for his soccer team. Officer Jerry Brown knows Kevin is a good kid and he knows there’s good inside him. Jerry helps Kevin get back on his feet while trying to get back into his normal routin ...more
Max
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kevin Johnson may have gotten himself in a bit of trouble with best-friend-since-
preschool Christy McNamara. Boom! Goes the dynamite and boom goes what may have been his dream: playing in the New Jersey soccer state tournament. I also really liked this book because Walter Dean Myers writes this book in two perspectives; Kevin and Sargent Brown's perspectives. Myers never writes this book from his perspective, he writes as if it's always Kevin or Brown is talking or thinking. Kevin's reasoning fo
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Corey
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t really like the book that much. It has a good start to it but it just dulls out for the rest of it. There are immigrant workers who have nothing to do with the story there just to be their. The don’t have a story to them and they all have like one line. In conclusion the book is ok but not for me.
Carrie
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)
Adrian Ayala
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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