________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 19 . . . . May 11, 2007


Kicker. (Orca Sports).

Michele Martin Bosley.
Victoria, BC: Orca, 2007.
143 pp., pbk., $9.95.
ISBN 978-1-55143-706-4.

Grades 5-9 / Ages 10-14.

Review by Christina Pike.

**** /4


“Excuse me, sir. Are you the coach of this team?” he said.

“Yes,” Coach answered warily.
“I’ll have to ask you and your team to leave.”

I thought Coach Collins was about to explode.  His face turned purple and the veins bulged in his temples. I could see him weighing his words. I held my breath. “My team was instructed to leave this field last week, when our nets were vandalized. I was told that it was a safety procedure. Why are we being asked to leave now?” Coach’s voice was controlled.

“The city has received a complaint about possible chemical contamination at this site. It’s important that no one use this recreational area until that contamination is confirmed.”

“What’s involved in that?” asked Coach Collins.

“Soil samples, different types of testing,” the worker said.

“So how long are we looking at?” Coach frowned.

“Don’t know. Indefinitely.” The worker gestured toward the woods. “There’s quite a lot of area.”

Coach Collins threw his hands up. “This is unbelievable!  My team has nowhere to practice. We have a regional tournament coming up!”


Michele Martin Bossley in Kicker has created a story that intertwines several generations. The main story focuses on a soccer team and their battle to the regional tournament. There is a struggle within the team for all players to feel a part of the team. There is also a mystery surrounding a century old train robbery. When their practice field is threatened, Izzy and Julia, with help from the coach’s son Drew, must work together and figure out what has been happening.

     The story is told from the first person and Izzy’s viewpoint. She is also the main character in the story. Interestingly, she is not the superstar on the team but battles her own insecurities concerning her ability. It is Izzy’s persistence that leads to the discovery that someone is sabotaging the soccer field to uncover the missing ruby necklace that was part of the loot buried after the train robbery. Izzy works with Julia and Drew to stop this sabotage. A very interesting read, Kicker offers something for the sports minded with a little intrigue and suspense thrown in.

Highly Recommended.

Christina Pike is the principal of St. Francis, School in Harbour Grace, NL.


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