Kamal is used to being the top dog on his soccer team, until Justin joins. Justin is what you’d call a “natural”. He is talented, athletic, and has all the making of a star. Although he doesn’t play like one yet, Justin is improving like crazy and threatening to take Kamal’s place on the team. Not only that, he’s taking all the attention off Kamal, from the girls, Kamal’s favorite teacher, and even Kamal’s best friends. Kamal’s got years of experience under his belt, but will that be enough to stand against a natural?
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.”