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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:
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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 has 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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