Malik’s senior soccer season is off to a great start. He’s the team captain, he plays with his best friend, and Coach Washington treats him more like a coach than player. But everything changes when several other teammates—including his best friend—and Coach Washington are accused of participating in a cheating scandal. As Malik struggles to come to terms with what they have done, he must learn how to work with a new coach and lead his new teammates to victory.
Review from Kirkus Reviews
Reluctant readers are “…likely to gobble up the entire series and become readers in the process, ready, perhaps, for more sophisticated fare such as Kwame Alexander’s Booked (2016) and Edward Bloor’s Tangerine (1997). Simple, literate soccer stories that just might turn soccer fans into readers.”
Review from Voya
“The Kick! series follows teens through realistic day-to-day issues all presented within high school soccer action. These short, well-written stories will pull any reader—reluctant and avid—into the series. The situations and characters in each volume ring true. It will be difficult to keep copies on the shelf.”