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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (272 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Dean Myers, Ross Workman Narrator: Peter Francis James, Michael Smith Rivera Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9780062036513
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For the very first time in his decades-long career writing for teens, acclaimed and beloved author Walter Dean Myers writes with a teen, Ross Workman.

Kevin Johnson is thirteen years old. And heading for juvie. He's a good kid, a great friend, and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey, soccer team. His team is competing for the State Cup, and he wants to prove he has more than just star-player potential. Kevin's never been in any serious trouble . . . until the night he ends up in jail. Enter Sergeant Brown, a cop assigned to be Kevin's mentor. If Kevin and Brown can learn to trust each other, they might be able to turn things around before it's too late.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Intriguing…convincing and sympathetic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An interesting joint effort…This approach works quite well in terms of narrative voice, as Myers’ more polished style reflects an adult perspective, while Workman’s less-refined prose seems appropriate to his character’s outlook and experience…Should have wide appeal to soccer fans, aspiring writers, and boys from difficult family circumstances who are trying to figure out how to make their way in the world.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Workman is a genuine talent, writing short, declarative sentences that move the narrative forward with assurance and a page-turning tempo. Myers, of course, is a master, and it’s fascinating to see him writing from the first-person perspective of an adult. The respective voices and characters play off each other as successfully as a winning, high-stakes soccer match. How about another collaboration?”

    Booklist

  • “The book delves into the complexity of choices, consequences, relationships, and human experience. Workman offers a fresh voice as Kevin and more than holds his own as a writer, writing alongside an icon of young adult literature.”

    VOYA

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isaac S. | 2/20/2014

    " I personally thought this book was something. I really couldn't imagine a thirteen year old boy to do such thing. I really liked the book because he plays soccer. I'm a big fan of soccer. This book really taught me something that i'd thought i'd never learn. The kid had guts, guts to do something i would never do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abigail C | 12/22/2013

    " Kick is a grate book .It talked about a boy that lost his father in a big car crash when working.Then 6 years later his son talked him self to take his dads car and gets in to big truble . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss Manekofsky | 12/1/2013

    " Such a great concept with Walter Dean and one of his young fans "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/14/2013

    " I wanted to like this more than I did. I liked the alternating voices but I thought the relationship between the 2 main characters was lackluster. I'm not a sports fan, but I thought the sports parts were well-done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 10/4/2013

    " I was pleasantly surprised by it. The relationship between Kevin and Sergeant Brown was touching. It's a good story about what friends will do for each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Nguyen | 10/1/2013

    " This book is a good book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 9/1/2013

    " Read it in one sitting! Love my man, Walter! What a great idea to co-write with a teen. And a SOCCER book! Not many soccer books out there! I think ninth grade boys will go for this one~ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackson Fimrite | 8/29/2013

    " It was a great book. I really recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 1/24/2013

    " Well how would YOU end up while age 13 trying to protect a friend? When and how much is it ok to break the "swear to secrecy?" I believe there are officers of the law out there who do care. And I really do think this is one of Myers' best characters. or collaboration. or whatever, with Ross Workman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DNA | 8/2/2012

    " I loved this book... not only is it inpiring, it is also cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaiden | 3/25/2012

    " I liked listening to Kevin's soccer games, I think I learnt a couple of tricks. I think this book would be good for boys who like soccer and for people that have been in bad situations before "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samukasoumahoro | 3/1/2012

    " this is about teenagers in dendation center who learn how to get in trouble in get the life back together "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan B | 12/7/2011

    " a good book with a good plot that is filled with happiness, sadness, and fun as the main character and his friend get into trouble. This is a good book for everyone out there who plays or just likes soccer and enjoys reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. | 5/12/2011

    " Walter Dean Myers co-wrote this with a teenage fan with alternating points of view. I like the topic and the concept, but it isn't one of my favs of his. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/7/2011

    " Reads like a mystery, but we're just trying to figure out what really happened to the 13 year old boy accused of stealing a car and kidnapping.. Walter Dean Myers writes himself as an aging policeman who befriends soccer playing Kevin (written by Workman). I think kids will like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 2/9/2011

    " 2/3 in it's a 4 star book... A real pageturner... But the ending was very anticlimactic... No real drama , made it all feel a little pointless... An interesting experiment but disappointing... However I did read a preprinted... Maybe final book was touched up... Big fan of Myers... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 2/7/2011

    " I love the concept of this book...the incredible Walter Dean Myers...responds to an email from a fan. They decide to write a book together through emails, revisions, and alternating chapeters.
    This will be a popular book with relunctant readers, fans of Myers, and soccer fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Britt, Book Habitue | 12/15/2010

    " Not a bad story. Not spectacular, but not bad.

    Recommended for middle school boys, especially if they like soccer. "

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