Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What's Abigail Reading? The Kicks: Saving the Team

My daughter Abigail has been devouring a book this week, so I suggested that she share it with you. She proceeded to write the longest description of any book she's shared on this blog. I guess that means she liked it! Here is her take on The Kicks: Saving the Team, by Alex Morgan.

Here's what Abby says the book is about.

This story is about a girl named Devin who is in seventh grade and moved to California from Connecticut. Devin loves to play soccer and some of the best players have played in California and she is afraid that all the players will beat her. But luckily Devin finds two friends named Jessi and Emma and from their soccer story they say the team stinks. That day Jessi, Emma, and Devin tried out for soccer. Devin had worried that Emma and Jessi were right about the team. 

During the tryouts she met a new person named Freida. Freida said she’d rather do acting than soccer but her mom said she had to do soccer to get exercise. Freida pointed out to Devin another girl named Zoe. She had red curly hair and stage fright. After the tryouts they had lunch. Devin sat with Zoe, Emma, and Jessi.  During lunch Freida told to the group that they posted the soccer list. Jessi and Emma hoped that they would all be together and they were. 

Everyone who tried out was on the team because Coach Flores wanted to give everyone a chance. After their first couple of games they lost but they were not going to give up. Then a couple weeks later they had a game with Pinewood. The Pinewood team was fast and blitzed through the Kentville Kangaroo’s defense. The Pinewood Panthers scored a lot of goals. Pinewood won 6-0. When they got back to the school the coach said, ”there is no practice today you can do what you want.” 

Devin went to Coach’s office and talked to her and said, ”Our team wants more help.” Devin talked to Coach for a little more time and then coach said that the Kentville Kangaroos used to be the world champions for two years. Their teams Coach used to be on that team. Coach said, ”When I was a little girl I wanted to have fun but it didn’t happen and so I got unhappy. That is why I became a coach. I wanted other people to have fun."

After the talk Devin left. The next day coach came out and said that they were going to have another game with Pinewood. Then weeks later they had their game with Pinewood. Their team forgot how fast Pinewood was and soon the score was 2-0. They were losing but soon they were tied 2-2. You'll have to read the rest to find out what happened!

What did Abigail like best about the book?

The part I liked most is that the team never gave up, because you should never give up on yourself.

Was there anything that she did not like?

The part I did not like was when the team lost, because that would make me disappointed and sad.

So, how did Abigail rate The Kicks: Saving the Team, by Alex Morgan?

She gave it five out of five smiley faces.


  1. Awesome review Abigail! You said a lot of important things!! --like never giving up and believing in yourself. You must be pretty smart!

    1. Thank you! Yes and I am pretty smart. That book that I wrote about was my favorite summer book.