Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can't nobody stop you/can't nobody cop you.
Twelve-year-old Nick is a football-mad boy who absolutely hates books. In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novelThe Crossover, football, family, love, and friendship take centre stage as Nick tries to figure out how to navigate his parents' break-up, stand up to bullies, and impress the girl of his dreams. These challenges - which seem even harder than scoring a tie-breaking, game-winning goal - change his life, as well as his best friend's. This energetic novel-in-verse by the poet Kwame Alexander captures all the thrills and setbacks, the action and emotion of a World Cup match.
5AK Interest age: from c 9 years, 5AR For reluctant readers (children), YFN Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage), YFR Sporting stories (Children's / Teenage), YXC Personal & social issues: bullying, violence & abuse (Children's / Teenage), YXF Personal & social issues: family issues (Children's / Teenage), YXFD Personal & social issues: divorce, separation, family break-up (Children's / Teenage)