Book Buzz: World Cup Victory!

Still excited about Team USA’s impressive 5-2 victory over Japan in yesterday’s World Cup Final? Then this is a fabulous time to take a look at some of the soccer-themed titles available on Brain Hive now. We have a wide selection of both fiction and non-fiction texts that explore the intricacies of the world’s most popular sport. Consider using some of the non-fiction texts about soccer’s history and notable players as high-interest informational texts to build your students’ skills with reading non-narrative prose, or direct your soccer-inclined readers toward some of our fiction with a “football flavor” to engage them during independent reading. Take a look:

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  • Girls’ Soccer – by Alex Monnig (ABDO) – Meet some of the superstars of US Women’s soccer, including many of the players who made this year’s World Cup so exhilarating, like Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, and Megan Rapinoe.
  • Goal! The Fire and Fury of Soccer’s Greatest Moment – by Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy (Millbrook Press) – Take a tour of soccer’s storied past, where you’ll be introduced to famous players like Pele, Mia Hamm, and David Beckham, and learn about the stories behind some of soccer’s most famous moments throughout history.
  • Keeper – Mal Peet (Candlewick) – A legendary soccer star retells his early years as a player, when he was mentored by a mysterious and mystical soccer master, the Keeper.
  • Archenemy – Paul Hoblin (Darby Creek) – This title, (part of the Counterattack series) tracks the experiences of Addie Williams, star defender for Fraser High School’s soccer team, as she works to balance her personal life with her athletic ambitions.

Hopefully these titles will help you spark the interest of some readers after yesterday’s thrilling World Cup victory. Happy reading!

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