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Shoot-Out (Comeback Kids)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  293 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Shoot-Out: Mike Lupica's Comeback Kids
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 13th 2010 by Philomel Books (first published 2010)
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Chanel Judkins
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I might have just liked this book because I can relate to it so well. It is about a kid who is an amazing soccer player, but moves and gets on a team that is really bad. The only part that doesn't fit is that I am not an amazing soccer player. Also his team scores at least one goal every game. Either way, it is a super quick read and the kid in it is an amazing person. It was really fun and I would recommend it if you wanted to read a book you could finish in an hour.
Sep 11, 2017 added it
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I like the book because it had good quality and a great story line. The book is nice and we got to keep it. It was pretty cool book the characters were smart and awesome. I really think that you should
read the comeback kids novels. All made by Mike Lupica.
Ben Lopez
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was a good book, The main character's name is Jake, Jake is trying to help his new soccer team because he has moved from the championship soccer team to the worst team in the division. In the story It is difficult for him because sometimes he wished he didn't move. I thought this was a good book because Jake doesn't care about himself, but about other people too. Overall it is a pretty good book I recommend for you to read it.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I love underdog sports books, and this didnt disappoint me. The young man is only 6th grade we must remember and his maturity is off the charts. The things he does to make both himself and his team better is usually only done by high schoolers or even only collegiate athletes. Lupica did a great job of showing how an exceptionally talented young man can be a true team leader.
Mary Anne
Play by play descriptions of soccer games intertwined with a middle school boy making friends in his new town, learning to enjoy playing the game just for the game, not just to win.
A McCavitt
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it

Nice story for elementary boys who like sports... in particular soccer.
Tyler 11-12
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book! Good detail! Entertaining! Also very intresting!
I reccomend tis book!
Oct 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 4th-6th
Youraj 11-12
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
1 loved it
2 great
3 It was about my favorite sport soccer
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
cool book.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do you have a young athlete who is looking for some fun books to read? My 7 year old loved this book, as did I. So many great life lessons were shared through the text. It exhibits healthy relationships between family, friends, teams, coaches and teaches character through sports. The story is engaging and the sport was action packed. I am definitely going to read more books by Mike Lupica with my kids.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
It's a short and sweet sports story. The hero on the cover looks too young -- this is a great middle school story (or younger) with a good message, but I think a reluctant, soccer- or sport-oriented high schooler would resonate with it, too. While it was a trifle too formulaic, simple, and heavy on metaphors from other sports, I truly enjoyed the message and the character growth.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, almost five stars. Jake Stuart is a good sport, he hates losing, but tries to keep his spirit up. While playing as a midfielder Jake is trying to get Kevin, a teammate to participate. I also liked the ending a lot.
Apr 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Have you ever had the best team at something like a team for sports and your team was the best and then it goes crashing down because you have to move to the suckiest team just becaused you moved well i know i have and if you have then you know how I and jake feel. The name of this book is Shoot out by Mike Lupica and the genre is fiction. For me this book was a 50 out of 100 because i liked most of the book and then i didnt like it. I liked how the author pushed jake to be the leader of a kid n ...more
Francisco Escamilla
Shoot-out is about a star soccer player on the best team in the league ending up on the worst team in the league. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. I think this was a very good sports book because I like how the author made the main character realize that if you really loved playing soccer, then you wouldn't give up playing it, just because you're on a team that isn't very good at playing soccer.

The setting is on different soccer fields where they play most of their games. It is imp
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shoot-Out by Mike Lupica, is about a thirteen year old boy name Jake who just moved from Greensville, NY to Belmont, NY because of his Father's job transfer. Jake plays soccer and when soccer season comes around he tries out. He makes the team and is named team captain. The problem is that Jake's school team hasn't had a winning season in the last five years! Jake talks to different people and finds out the school "chokes" in clutch situations. He's on a mission to change that pattern.

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Dec 03, 2013 is currently reading it
Dont you hate when your playing a game and theres that one person that doesnt care.Jakes a kid that played the champion-ship,but now hes in the worst team of the league.He doesnt like to lose.what does he do he keeps on playing to help the team. I think the gere of the book is realistic fiction because most of this stuff has happend to me.My opnion of the book is that it probably is a good book if I would get it. but if theres someone out there that knows what happens in the story, I will be mor ...more
Matt P.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Mike Lupica

Jake Stuart just moved into town. His old soccer team was really good and he was the star player on it! Now he has to deal with the worst 12-year-old travel soccer team he's ever been on. One boy on the team (Kevin)lost his mother because she got really ill. It's up to Jake to be the leader on the team, get Kevin together, and win some games! Persevering through tough losses, Jake learns how to be a good coach and in the last game against his old team who
Luis Vilahomat
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The Author of this book is Mike Lupica, Sports for young adult, Published 4-14-2011
A boy named Jake is a very good soccer player. Then he moved from Greenville to Belmont and he joined a soccer team the was not so good.

Story goes from Jake’s version to third person. The plot does have a chronological order because it does not switch to flashback. It is fairly easy to imagine the plot in your head. The story switches from 1st to 3rd. It is not difficult to follow the plot. Reading th
Geovanny ocampo
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Do you like sports book if so this is the book for you. the type of genre is its realistic fiction. I thought this book was amazing. the setting of my book is at the soccer field its important because that's where the story mainly takes place. jake (the best player on the team) wanted his team to win a soccer game but he ended up with the worst team in the league so Jake makes them practice harder then after a few days of practice they finally win they're first game.

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Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
By Mike Lupica

“There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at with a result.” Shoot-out by Mike Lupica is a serious, heartfelt story that you would never had expected. Personally, I really enjoyed reading this book. It really had me feel like I was inside the book. In the book, Jack, the main character, has a bond with soccer. He loves soccer and will do anything to fight for it. Jack comes across trouble when he has to move because of his dad's job. He has to make new frie
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book tells of a 11 year old boy named Jake that is plays like “world class” soccer player. His last year team was the best soccer team in the league but his dad had to move for work so he went on the school soccer team in the league. Jake has a best friend on the team and his name is Quin. The both love video games and soccer. Jake has another friend on the team and his name is Kevin. He was always sad because his mom died from cancer and they were best friends. But Jake didn't like how he ...more
Danny Karmin
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for 3rd quarter independent reading. Shoot out was another great book by Mike Lupica. This book is about a 12 year old boy named Jake who's family moved to a new town. Not only does Jake have to change schools, but he also has to play on a new soccer team. His new soccer team is a last place team while his old team was a first place team. Jake has a difficult time adjusting to all these new life changes. If it wasn't for his new soccer friend Kevin, Jake would probably have quit ...more
Jacob S
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jake had moved to a new town, Belmont. He had recently lived in Greenville but had to move because of his mom’s new job. He plays soccer but Belmont doesn’t have the best team. His old team Greenville was the best in their league. Jake was trying to make the team better. His best friend Quinn was the goalie. He tells Jake to “Never give up on your team.” (Pg. 86) Their team is 1-6 and it’s their last game. They are going to face Greenville. Greenville has recently gotten a new player and his nam ...more
Mary Raccuia
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jake Stuart is a hot shoot soccer player. He has played on the best travel team for 11 year olds. His father, an Attorney has taken a new job in a near by town and the family has to move. Jake finds that the 12 year soccer team in his new town stinks. He's the best player on the team, which would be great if they could win a game or two. Frustrated by his teams lack of talent Jake struggles to fit in. Along the way he learns that teamwork is more then just passing the ball. This is a delightful ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: MCBA, grade 4-8, athletes
Lupica is very good at immersing his reader in the game, yet building a story captivating enough to keep everyone involved. For anyone who has ever played on a losing team (yes!) or watched a family member struggle through a losing season (yes!)they will relate to the feelings Jake is experiencing. Can he use this situation to grow as a player and as a compassionate human being (yes!) I loved that Jake's mom is the former jock in the family having played college soccer and that one of the charac ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Jake is accustomed to being a soccer star on winning teams, so when he ends up on the losing side, he is flummoxed. His teammates think he is arrogant, and he has trouble getting along with one in particular. Jake 19s ability to read the flow of a soccer match makes him a good player, though, and he gradually learns to develop a similar ability with his teammates personalities, eventually earning their respect and bringing the story to a victorious close. An enjoyable sports story with lots of a ...more
The Scrivener's Quill
As Juvenile Literature goes, this is five star. The youth have conflict. They resolve them. The youth excel after struggling. The conflict is real life in nature. I like the values Lupica adds to the stories. I like that a kid goes to church and has family dinner with his parents. Life isn't perfect. Life can be resolved with dedication and the willingness to learn from those around you. Fun overall story. Great concept. Safe for all ages to listen to in the car. My kids love it. Great storyline ...more
Akari Winter
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
This text made me feel deeply about soccer, teamwork and problem solving because it showed how a boy could co-opperate with a soccer team that are losing their games and need help with working as a team. I liked this book as well because it motivated me to try the sport.

There are alot of other Mike Lupica sporting books which I reccomend as well as this one and I am going to start and read another one. The language of the text written is important to emphasise the text giving you that motivateve
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