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Saving the Team

(The Kicks #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  707 ratings  ·  76 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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Maureen Caupp
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun to read story of friendship and soccer from US soccer player Alex Morgan. Devin moves to a new school with a badly struggling soccer team with no cohesion. At first lonely and nervous, Devin makes new friends and learns that she is strong enough to stand up for what she feels is right. By the end the teammates have learned that to improve they need to work together and play to their strengths.
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!
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
It is a book.
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, boo
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
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
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Honestly if you are thinking of reading it my answer is yes! A thousand times yes! It teaches kids a good lesson about standing up for yourself, friendship, family and most of all teamwork and bonding. As a seventh grade girl I want to say that if you wanna buy this for your child at any age ( I purchased the book in 4th grade) you should.

Anyways, in conclusion it's great. Alex Morgan
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.
Karla Esparza
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Listening, trusting your teammates, and patience are all incredibly important tools! But my favorite lesson that this fame teaches is that, sometimes, it’s import to just let loose and have fun.”
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Grace Weber
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was very inspiring as a fellow soccer player. I really enjoyed it.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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the almost 9 year old's new favorite book!
Kelly Maffeo
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read this with my 4th graders during our quarantine time. Cute book that teaches about kindness and leadership. My daughter loved the different characters and laughed a lot while reading.
Lola Abraham
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl who moves to California, and while she is there she joins a new school and soccer team, but this soccer team takes a lot because they face many struggles.
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
I️ love, love, LOVE Alex Morgan- I’m one of the biggest USWNT fans ever, so it seemed a given to read her books. I️ chose this for my March 2018 Book of the Month. I️ enjoyed it- it was a quick, cute read, great and inspiring for young, aspiring soccer players. I️ 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 Mir ...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
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
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
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
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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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  • Sabotage Season (The Kicks, #2)
  • Win or Lose (The Kicks, #3)
  • Hat Trick (The Kicks, #4)
  • Shaken Up (The Kicks, #5)
  • Settle the Score (The Kicks, #6)
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