Monday, June 11, 2018

The Superstar by Chris Kreie - OPTIONAL

The Superstar by Chris Kreie, 91 pages. Darbycreek, 2018. $8.  Language: G (0 swears, 0 "f"); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.


Daniela and Rinad are best friends and play on the Bay Park Rams high school soccer team. When another team loses their funding, its star player, Kennedy transfers to Bay Park. Daniela likes Kennedy and respects her soccer skills, but Rinad is worried about losing her starting spot on the team and her best friend to the new girl who everyone loves. Drama ensues as the three girls try to adjust to the changes and Daniela feels torn between doing what’s right and standing by her best friend.

This book is full of soccer action and the story mostly plays out on the field with only a few scenes elsewhere. There seem to be many soccer books for middle readers with female protagonists, so I was a bit disappointed to find that was also the case here. The players are supposed to be in high school but the drama and interactions feel very middle school. The plot was simple, but focused and the characters were all relatable. This book suits reluctant readers who like sports action.

Reviewer: Stacee S., Reading Teacher

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