The Natural

The Natural

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.”

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.”

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