Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Fall Reading 2013 Striker
I am not a big sports fan, but the backstory for this book was interesting, so I gave it a try. In the book, Cody has been recovering from the removal of a tumor and the cancer treatment that followed the surgery. He has finally convinced his parents that he feels well enough to play soccer again. Before he became sick he loved to play, but it has been a year since he was on a team. Once he joins the new team, he has all sorts of issues to deal with besides his mother's concerns that he will get hurt. There are parents trying to run the team for the benefit of only their own children rather than for all the players. A few of these "special" kids are bullies and constantly pick on the others, especially Cody - because he is a striker and that is the position they want to keep for themselves.
Even though I have never played soccer and the terms for the various moves and positions were not familiar, I enjoyed the story. Maybe it's just that I have a thing for underdogs, but I think it's more likely that the story is well-written. The author, David Skuy, has written several other sports stories. This is his first soccer story; the others were about hockey. For more about David and his books check out the author's website.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. It will be published on March 1, 2014.