Synopses & Reviews
Tesss love in life is soccer. When she finds out that all sports at her school will be cut unless the community votes for a tax levy, Tess will do anything to rally votes. Shes even joining forces with a cheerleader to help spread the word and raise funds. Throughout the campaign to save soccer, Tess is playing her heart out on the soccer field and struggling to make passing grades in her classes. But if the levy doesnt pass, will it all have been for nothing?
"FitzGerald (Getting in the Game) offers another sports novel, this one narrated by a likable eighth grader who admits that 'sports are the only reason I bother to attend school. Everything else is just warm-up or pregame.' Tess gets involved up to the top of her soccer socks as a vote approaches involving a levy determining whether or not school sports will be funded. In her somewhat contrived words, 'when the school district put the athletic programs on the line-foul move, by the way-I figured a jockette's got to stand up for something other than a pop fly.' Tess and her best friend, goalie of the boy's soccer team, join a student committee (chaired by a grating cheerleader) to lobby for a pro-sports vote. This effort involves canvassing the neighborhood and humorous run-ins with Tess's neighbor-a boy- and dance-obsessed girl who, much to Tess's chagrin, begins dating her older brother Mark. As Tess campaigns tirelessly for the levy, Mark accuses her of having a one-track mind, leading her to comment that she has 'a two-track mind,' since her other fixation is helping her team win the last soccer game of the season. Though FitzGerald (a soccer coach) adds plenty of swift on-field action as Tess's team heads toward this goal, non sports-minded kids may tire of the tale's two-track theme. On the winning end, the narrative features credible characters, wise-cracking teenspeak and an unexpected final twist. Ages 11-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“FitzGerald takes a serious subject—school finance problems—mixes it with plenty of action-filled sports, and frosts the whole thing with best friends and rivals. The result is just what kids, especially girl jocks, want: a fast-moving, true-to-life, amusing take on middle-grade life.”—Booklist “Girl jocks are the natural audience for Soccer Chick Rules, but it will also appeal to a wider readership. Its hopeful, but realistic, ending sends an important message to any girl with a passion or a cause.”—School Library Journal
If the levy doesn't pass, there will be no buses for away-games, no uniforms, no teams. Tess plans to follow her own rules for soccer chicks. Soccer Chick Rule Number 3--Always support your teammates! But when real life doesn't offer a slam-dunk ending, Tess realizes there may be something to learn from Soccer Chick Rule Number 7--Never, ever give up! Action-packed sports scenes and off-the-field drama guarantee success with girls and sports fans.
Soccer Chick Rule Number 7: Never, ever give up!
About the Author
Dawn Fitzgeralds first novel, Getting in the Game, was published to glowing reviews. Finally, sports fiction for middle-grade girls! Dawn FitzGerald lives in Ohio with her husband and two children. She teaches high school English and—as Coach Fitz—coaches the girls varsity soccer team.