Happy Like Soccer

Happy Like Soccer

Book - 2012
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For soccer games Sierra rides a bus out of the city to fields that are nicer than the "lot" in her neighborhood, but so her auntie can be at her last game, she asks Coach Marco if the team might play in her neighborhood on a day her aunt does not work.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780763646165
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Castillo, Lauren
Alternative Title: Soccer


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Dec 30, 2014

Sierra is very excited to be playing soccer on a new team. It means she plays on a field with no weeds or holes and the goal is real and not made with garbage cans. But she also dreads playing soccer because she has to play on Saturdays. That means her aunt can't watch her play. Her aunt works Saturdays and can't ask for time off for her niece's soccer games.

Sierra's story is one of urban life with her aunt and leaving once a week to the glory of intense play and fun of soccer which she revels in far away from her apartment building in a dense urban dwelling. Yet, even though she knows her aunt is working, she can't help looking over to the sidelines where families watch their kids on their blankets. She doesn't understand the jokes her teammates tell on the way to the games in a car that picks her up from her home.

This is a moving story, about the giddy excitement of a young girl, her love of soccer, and about being different from others but celebrating it all the same. The reader will share in her excitement. It will become easy to see why it's so contagious given both Sierra's dedication to the sport and the special relationship she has with her loving aunt.

It's a story certain to uplift readers and make them beam. Any aunts in that readership will be beaming most.

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