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Saving the Team

(The Kicks #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  577 ratings  ·  67 reviews
From star soccer player and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan comes the New York Times bestselling first book in an empowering, fun-filled middle grade series about believing in yourself and working as a team.

Twelve-year-old Devin loves to play soccer. If she hadn’t just left Connecticut to move across the country, she would have been named seventh-grade captain on her sch
ebook, 176 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Ms. Yingling
Devin moves from the East coast to California. She's an avid soccer player, and afraid that the California players will be much more talented than she is, but finds that her school team, the Kentville Kangaroos, has not been doing very well. She is glad to be on the team, and is made a cocaptain with the evil Mirabelle. She manages to make new friends in fellow players Emma, Jess, Frida, and Zoe, and works hard to help the team out. The players feel that Coach Flores doesn't work them hard enoug ...more
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Beth Anne
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This was a fantastic sports themed book for girls. I love the realistic nature of it, from the cover illustration with normal looking bodies, to the petty fights, to standing up for what is right, to helping friends with their homework. I’m really glad to have found this series!
Elissa Schaeffer
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it
A solid entry into realistic fiction for girls, but it has some stellar points to it.

First, let me get off my chest that S&S must have tried to hurry publication because I did find some proofreading errors. That always bugs me! There. Now I can continue...

The first thing that makes this stand out is that it is a sports book. For girls. This is rare in the field, and it is going to fill a much needed niche. The fact that it's a decent story is just bonus! As the author stated in her end note,
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a great little story with a main character that is both realistically portrayed and fully built. Devin is clever, good at maths, very good at soccer and quite a clever problem solver. While easily the ‘star’ of her team, Devin is fully aware of the team nature of the game, and works diligently to help her teammates succeed on the field and off.

It was refreshing to see a young girl who was aware of and worked at sportsmanship, while the coach was less demanding, the contrast between that
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this to see if it would be an appropriate gift to a soccer team of girls ages 10-12. It's got good lessons in it as far as not getting disheartened when things don't go your way, playing as a team, how to mesh with a new team, etc... It's an easy read and very G-rated, which is hard to find these days. It's aged for kids 8 and up, and even though it's about middle schoolers, I find it an appropriate read for a third grader. So, would the girls like it? Probably. It's the first in a series ...more
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Emma M
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
New girl, shy but a smart soccer star. Up for the challenge of pumping up the disastrous team of Kangaroos. Willing to make new friends and keep the old, stand up to bullies and create a new crush. Is Devin ready to face Kentiville middle school.
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not sure I'll bother with other books in the series (read this one because the library had copies of the Kicks books but not of Morgan's memoir), but this was a fun diversion. What's a girl to do when the girls' soccer team at her new school is mediocre to the core? Why, save the team, of course. Tutor the girl failing her classes; inspire the girl who'd rather act; buoy the girl with performance anxiety...motivate the coach to, you know, coach instead of doing nothing.

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Valerie McEnroe
This is a cute book from soccer superstar Alex Morgan. There's nothing stellar about the storyline or writing, but kids who just want an easy book revolving around the sport they love will easily be hooked.

Devin has just moved from Connecticut to California. She's worried about meeting new friends, but she need not fret because soccer tryouts are on the first day of school. She instantly falls in with a good group of girls who play soccer like her. The conflict revolves around the coach. She isn
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think there s is a very good book for me. This book encourages me to work hard and follow my dreams!

This is a fantastic book. It encourages me and all those awesome girls out there to work hard and follow a of our dreams. It is pretty cool that a soccer player Alex Morgan wrote this book. Go girls
Kirstin Graham
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book and the whole series. I loved how inspiring the main character is. This book not only shows her soccer life but it also shows her personal and social life too. Great book! I would highly recommend.
Grace Weber
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was very inspiring as a fellow soccer player. I really enjoyed it.
Hannah Sirkin
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like soccer
Shelves: young-adult-lit
Devin has just moved to a new school in Calafornia, and she has moved all the way from Connecticut! When it is time for Devin's first day of school and she was very nervous because she did not know anybody. Devin was also very scared about the soccer try outs because she knows all of the really good soccer players come from Calafornia. When it is time for her P.E period she plays kick ball and is the best out of her whole class. Afterwards she meets three new girls named Jessi, Emma, and Zoie. D ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this entire series when I was in middle school. I enjoyed it enough to continue to purchase the books after each new installment came out.

The plot for each book was something new, and I enjoyed that it wasn't just the same old story revolving around the same climax in every book.

What I didn't enjoy was the length. The books were way too short for my liking. I need length, because I honestly whipped through the series in one sitting. The LEXILE is very low, and there is little to no sophi
I love, love, LOVE Alex Morgan- I’m one of the biggest USWNT fans ever, so it seemed a given to read her books. I chose this for my March 2018 Book of the Month. I enjoyed it- it was a quick, cute read, great and inspiring for young, aspiring soccer players. I think my favorite part was at the end, where Devin’s hard work paid off against Mirabelle. ***SPOILER ALERT*** Zoe showing up huge and scoring a hat trick to win the Pinewood rematch, Emma in goal, and Devin leading them. Jessi and Mirabel ...more
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
The cover of this book would make you think it is for younger girls, but the vocabulary and the ideas actually work for older kids as well. Luckily, the content is totally safe for the younger kids and they will benefit from reading about what it means to truly be a member or leader of a team. The fact that the author plays for the U.S. Women's team only gives her more credibility. I kept looking for some note about a ghost writer, but didn't see one. Morgan writes in an entertaining and captiva ...more
Whitney Avei
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Saving the Team is about a girl named Devin Burke who plays soccer and has just moved. Moving from her home in Connecticut she left behind her best friend and her very good soccer team. Not knowing she will make the team knowing that a lot of good soccer players come from California she went to tryouts. She tries out for the Kentville girls soccer team, and soon finds out that they are horrible. She meets her new friends named Jessi, Zoe, and Emma. So during her seventh grade year her and her fr ...more
Brianna Antunez-Santana
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Do you love soccer? Do you play it? Is your favorite soccer player Alex Morgan? Well..... This book saids it all, I love this book alot. The main character is Devin, She loves soccer and attempts to save the team.When she arrived to her new school she didn't know many people. Devin loves soccer, she loves her new team too. Did she save the team? well you have to find out that your self! I rate this a five because I love soccer, Alex Morgan wrote this book, I play it, etc. I think this is a reall ...more
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book for reluctant readers who happen to be soccer fans! The book is written by an actual soccer star and Olympic gold medal winner. The girls are in 7th grade but act younger...this will be a good choice for 3rd - 6th grade, depending on reading level and interest. Devin has just moved to California where she assumes her school soccer team will be full of awesome players; instead the team can’t win a game. There is a lot about soccer but also about friendship, teamwork, and being a good s ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! It was so good when she stood up to her bully and told her coach what was going on. I like playing soccer also so if you like soccer I think you will like this book more than if you do not like soccer. I think it is cool that an Olympics girl! This was a good book to just relax and read it . It is also good for kids if you want to read it for school it is a good book for that. So at conclusion I think this book is a really good book and I can't wait to read "The Kicks Sabo ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
My 8 year old liked it okay. We read it together. New girl/good girl moves from Connecticut to California and is excited to play soccer in her new school only to find out that the girls' soccer team sucks. Once the team bully transfers and gets out of the way she gets the nerve to talk to coach and the other players and turns things around. Well you knew it had a happy ending, right? The title told you that.
Teia Emens
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book Saving the team by Alex Morgan tells the story of Devon Burke. In each chapter, Devon does something with her friends. If I could change anything about the book it would be to include a little more detail. I think girl soccer players would like this book, or just girls who like soccer in general. I thought the characters in the book were cool.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a great story about teamwork, dedication and perseverance. This book is written by Alex Morgan, who is an amazing soccer player. I loved how she created this fictional soccer story and compared it to her own life. Really cute story for any young athlete, but especially a girl that loves to play soccer.
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read with my eight year old daughter who just started playing soccer. She loves the theme and tempo of the story. I love that there is so much heart put into the storyline reflecting all of the things I hope an interest in sports will bring my daughter: determination, respect for people's differing perspectives, stick-with-it-ness, and problem solving.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this book because I love football soccer and because I didn't know Alex Morgan was a writer (my bad). I think it's an excellent reading for girls that love soccer or other sports as well and love reading.
I'll give it 3 stars but if I were a 12 year old girl, I would have give 5 for sure. I'm too old, don't listen to me kids. GO AND READ IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT.
Great Books
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ages-9-11
2012 Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan writes a story about a girls' soccer team who desperately needs a captain with leadership and team-building skills. Devin loves soccer and hopes to fit in with her new team members while helping them become a winning soccer team again worthy of the name "Kicks." Reviewer 20.
Karen Gillaspie
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A winning series for girls who play or are interested in soccer. Thanks for giving back through your writing, Alex. Great game tonight over Germany! Way to go team USA!! It's on to the final now. We're rooting for you on and off of the field!
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. This is for Alex[3spaces]Morgan.
(3)American Soccer Player

An American Soccer Player (Forward/Striker) and an Olympic Medalist. Drafted first in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash. And now plays with the Portland Thorns FC.

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The Kicks (8 books)
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