Monday, May 7, 2018

Ten: A Soccer Story by Sahmini Flint -ADVISABLE

Flint, Sahmini Ten: A Soccer Story, 155 pages.  Clarion, 2015.  $6.  Language: G (o swears); Mature Content: PG(mentions of drunk streaking); Violence: G.

Maya is a young soccer fan living in Malaysia with her complicated family. She decides its finally time she plays soccer –but its easier said than done. Not only is it considered a boys sport, but her family isn’t exactly made of money and soccer equipment is expensive, adding to the complications is that there are no other girl soccer players or teams. But Maya persists, and through some luck –ends up with a soccer team and even a tournament to play in!

This book only slowly ramps up to the soccer portion –which may be off putting to soccer fans who are reading it for the sports component. It’s more of a realistic fiction story about a tenacious girl, real life family issues, bullying, and bravery. Also its fairly rare to have a diverse character that also features cultural information in seamless way -mostly I just see token diverse characters who are either not featured on the cover or are not in touch with their heritage. I would add this to my library.

EL– ADVISABLE Stephanie, Elementary School Librarian & Author

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