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Suggested Reading List for the Child Who Loves Soccer.

This list contains soccer books for a variety of ages.  If your child is a soccer player they should be able to find something on this list that they love.

YOUNG ADULTS

Keeper by Mal Peet
Reading level:
Young Adult
The legendary El Gato, the goalkeeper who brought his team to the World Cup single-handedly, narrates a spellbinding tale that begins in the South American rainforest.  A ghostly but very real mentor, the Keeper, emerges to teach a poor boy the most thrilling secrets of the game. This story is a terrific blend of magic realism and soccer action.


Pretty Tough
by Liz Tigelaar
Reading level: Young Adult
Krista Brown is pretty and popular. Her sister, Charlie, loves braving the Malibu waves and has little interest in halls of the school that Krista rules.  However, Krista and Charlie are forced to face their differences when they become teammates.   Both girl’s were recruited to the school’s soccer team. Can these two sisters become teammates, and friends, in time to make it to the championships?


Offsides by Erik Esckilsen
Reading level:
Young Adult
Tom Gray, Mohawk 11th grader and soccer player, was the star of his high school team.   When he moved away after his father's death, he refused to join the soccer team at Southwind, because they have
a mascot that insults his Mohawk heritage. Tom Gray puts together his own neighborhood soccer team, and he bets his soccer future on the outcome of a game against Southwind.

AGES 9 – 12

Soccer Duel by Paul Mantell and Matt Christopher
Reading level:
Ages 9-12
Renny and Bryce play on opposite soccer teams battling for the championship. Renny has warmed the bench while another player took the field. But that player is out with an injury and Renny's been given the chance to show what he can do. Bryce was sure that Renny would be no problem but he finds he is very surprised at Renny's playing ability.  Renny, who greatly admired Bryce's showmanship, proves that solid teamwork is often hard to beat.
 

The Million Dollar Kick by Dan Gutman

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Seventh-grader Whisper Nelson, remembers scoring a point for the opposing team in her last soccer match 4 years earlier.  Her little sister is the family sports star and she hates soccer. However, it is Whisper who is selected for a contest promotion.  She must try to kick a goal, for a prize of one million dollars, past the town's leading professional star in a stadium full of soccer fanatics.  Should she risk humiliation and failure in front of all of Oklahoma City?


Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Reading level:
Ages 9-12
Paul Fisher is legally blind without his glasses, but can not remember the incident that caused this condition.
His older brother is a football star and his parents' favorite. 
 Paul’s handicap doesn’t stop him from fulfilling his dream of playing soccer, or trying to uncover the cause of his near-blindness.


Soccer Chick Rules by Dawn FitzGerald
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Tess Munro, a soccer chick, is a hard-playing forward that puts the team first. When the school’s sports funding hinges on getting a tax levy voted in, she does something other than soccer; she works hard to make it happen.

Matt Christopher: Soccer Cats by Matt Christopher
Reading level
: Ages 9-12
A series of easy chapter books about soccer and the different players on a team.  Some titles include: Soccer Cats #1: The Captain Contest, Soccer Cats #4 Hat Trick, Soccer Cats #11 Making the Save, Soccer Cats # 10: Kick It!, Soccer 'Cats #3: Secret Weapon

AGES 4 – 8
 

Soccer Game by Grace Maccarone
Reading level:
Ages 4-8
A great story which is about a group of children during a soccer game and the ups, downs and fun they experience.

Soccer Sam by Jean Marzollo
Reading level: Ages 4-8
When Sam's cousin from Mexico comes to spend a year with Sam and his family, he teaches Sam's second-grade classmates how to play soccer.


Soccer Song by Patricia Reilly

Reading
level:
Ages 4-8
Green Light readers level 2 book about a lively soccer story.


Franklin Plays The Game by Paulette Bourgeois
Reading level:
Ages 4-8
Franklin learns the rewards of teamwork and sportsmanship.


Froggy Plays Soccer by Jonathan London
Reading level:
Ages 4-8
Froggy and his teammates face the Wild Things for first place in the city's soccer championship


I Can Play Soccer by Edana Eckart
Reading level:
Ages 4-8
An introduction to soccer, describing  how the game is played and the required equipment.