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Contributor(s): Hoblin, Paul
ISBN: 146770721X     ISBN-13: 9781467707213
Publisher: Darby Creek Pub
    OUR PRICE: $7.20  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: January 2013
Annotation: When defender Addie turns down her teammate and close friend Eva's offer to be more than friends, she is at a loss for what to do when her former friend starts sending her mean notes and sabotaging her play on the field.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Soccer; Fiction.
Toleration; Fiction.
Lesbians; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2012022445
Lexile Measure: 720
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Counterattack
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.25" H x 5.00" W x 0.25" (0.28 lbs) 109 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 156692
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 2.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q60627
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 6.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
Each of these formulaic novels focuses on a player from the Fraser High School girls soccer team. Along with team dynamics and soccer action, the narratives concern such issues as homosexuality, family responsibilities, and eating disorders. Characters aren't very nuanced, but the topics and sports angle will help this hi-lo series find an audience. [Review covers these Counterattack titles: Under Pressure, Offside, Archenemy, and Out of Snyc.]

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 June)

Gr 9 Up—In Archenemy, Addie and Eva play soccer for Fraser High. After a misleading invitation, Addie finds herself sitting in church with Eva and listening to the pastor who says that two girls liking each other is an "abomination." The story takes a turn after Eva lets Addie know that she'd like to be more than friends and is rejected. Addie begins to find notes telling her to quit the team and that no one likes her. She isn't especially alarmed, but things get serious when Coach Berg tells her that she is being dismissed for harassing fellow teammates. Hoblin explores homosexuality without using the words "gay" or "lesbian," forcing readers to pay close attention. This story will reach many readers, not just reluctant ones. In Out of Sync, Madison 8 Wong's name includes the luckiest Chinese number, and she is known as "Mad Dog" to her teammates. She and Dayton have been friends since they were six years old, playing soccer and doing everything else together. Now that they are sophomores, though, Maddie aims to score high on the field and on her SATs, but Dayton essentially wants to find herself and uses her energy to get fake IDs for a popular nightclub. Maddie is concerned about Dayton's lack of interest in the game and its effect on their friendship, but she's caught the eye of recruiters for Division-1 schools. With its play-by-play action, this novel will mainly hold the attention of soccer fanatics.–Keisha Miller, South Orange Public Library, NJ

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