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The Mighty Dynamo

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Noah longs to be a professional soccer player - and playing in the Schools' World Cup qualifiers might be just what he needs to get scouted. But when he's banned from his school team for something he didn't do, all his dreams are in doubt.

Determined to live up to his Mighty Dynamo nickname, Noah must find his own way to enter the contest - no matter what it takes! With bes
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
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Colin McCarthy
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Mighty Dynamo was a pretty good book. I would definitely recommend this book to sports lovers that like emotional stories. This is a Young Adult book. A young boy named Noah faces a challenge when he gets in a fight in a game and is accused for fighting him even though he didn’t touch him, the other player did. Noah ends up getting suspended until next year so he has to find create a new team with different players so that he can play in the School’s World Cup.
Colleen Abel
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A super charming, perfectly constructed novel for any soccer-mad middle grader, boy or girl.
Ms. Yingling
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Decent enough soccer book, but seemed too... British? Something odd about the treatment of the children. Will pass, even though the cover is really appealing.
Melissa Ann
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
My kids really enjoyed this story. Not only did I read it to them but found them reading to each other!
Kieran Fanning
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This fast, funny book for readers of 7+ tells the classic tale of a team of misfits’ impossible rise to glory. It’s packed full of action and great characters as well as humour by the bucketful. It moves along at a terrific pace and would be a most welcome addition to any school library. In my opinion, there isn’t enough sports fiction for kids, which is why sporty kids often stop reading fiction. Give them this and they’ll be crying out for more. Illustrated by Marta KIssi, The Migh
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
We bought this book for our daughter last year for her 9th birthday, because she loves soccer so much. Although she can read perfectly well herself, I read this one out loud to her each night and we had a great time reading it together.

At first it takes a little to get into, because it's set in Ireland so there's a few quirks about the setting and the way the characters speak that might seem a little bit different than an American book (I consider that a good thing). I joked around with my daug
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Crowley, Kieran The Mighty Dynamo, 353 pages, Macmillan Publishing. 2016. $16.99. Language: G (0 swears, 0 "f"); Mature Content : G; Violence: G;

Noah Murphy dreams of being a professional soccer player more than anything! He works hard and is an all-around talented player. He hopes to be scouted to be a professional soccer player and to be able to help his father come back home again. After a fight on the field leads to him being kicked off the team, his hopes are dashed. Not only does Noah hav
Merrilyn Tucker
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
12-year-old Irish student Noah wants to play professional soccer, but loses his mojo when his father chooses to take a job in Australia. Noah and older sister, Simone, whose mother has died, are left to fend for themselves. Simone forgoes university to take on two jobs while father lives down under to make money to pay the mortgage. That is when Noah hears about the Schools' World Cup and decides that if his team wins the monetary prize, he'll be able to bring his dad home. Everything that can g ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so fun! I wish I could have read it as a kid—in the 1980s there were no kids’ novels about soccer—but it was a treat to read with my son. The story was suspenseful and emotionally engaging. And the story was really beautiful. I wish there was a sequel—I want to see what Noah and the Mighty Dynamo accomplish next season.

Quick note: if my 7-year-son didn’t like soccer so much, I think this book would have been too old for him. A lot of the humor is based on sarcasm, and the vocabular
Miss Amanda
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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present day, Ireland 12 year old Noah is determined to find a way to bring his father home from Australia. After his mother's death, his father was forced to leave Ireland for work. Noah is convinced the only way to bring him home is to win the Schools' Soccer World Cup, be noticed by a scout, and become a professional soccer player. His plans come to a screeching halt when he is banned from playing soccer. Noah isn't willing to give up and along with some friends is determined to f
Rachel Grover
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute. A great choice for kids who are really into soccer. Set in Ireland but easy to understand, not being from there. I didn't expect the ending, and really wouldn't mind a sequel. The beginning was SLOW and I wish the ends of chapters weren't tied up so nicely - it didn't give me much reason to keep reading. Looking forward to booktalking it, though. Perfect for a MS library. ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this! I loved the story and the characters. I also loved all the Irish terminology/slang. Great book!! I'm so glad this book came into my life and that I read it. I will definitely be looking for other books by this author! ...more
Paul Liadis
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read to my son each night before bed. This is the first full length novel we read. We usually do more Wimpy Kid type books. We are both soccer obsessed and loved the soccer action in this one. We would certainly be interested if there were ever a sequel book.
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Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant football themed story with lots of other themes running through it: friendship, team spirit, family, honesty, loyalty to name a few. Super mix of characters reflecting today’s world.
Janelle Henderson
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely little story for those who like football/soccer. I also appreciate the references to MLS, and Maggie is an inspiration to female athletes!
Holly Manning
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Kieran Crowley is from Cork in Ireland. His first book, "Colm & the Lazarus Key" was shortlisted for the Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award 2010 and was followed by a sequel, "Colm & The Ghost's Revenge". His third book "The Mighty Dynamo" was shortlisted for the Hull Children's Book Award in 2017. "The Misfits Club" was published by Macmillan (Ire & UK) in 2017. "The Santa List" will be publ ...more

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