2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

REVIEW for Breathing Soccer


TITLE: Breathing Soccer
AUTHOR: Debbie Spring
DATE: 2008
GENRE: YA
RATING: 4 Stars
Breathing Soccer is the story of a young girl who loves sports, especially soccer and she has just been told that she will never be able to play again because of her 'condition' - she is suffering from asthma.

Our main character, Lisa, is at first disheartened and bewildered - 'never play soccer again?' During her hospital stay, she hears about the tragic accident suffered by an Olympian Silken Laumann and she is also inspired by her! You see Silken has decided to do everything she can to recover and be in the Olympics.

This sets the tone for a wonderful book. Author Debbie Spring has written a coming of age book - where a little girl is told that she will never play soccer again - but a young woman emerges and refuses to hear or believe this. Lisa insists on getting a second opinion and with the correct medical treatment and some common sense, Lisa gets to play soccer again.

This book is inspirational and takes a very honest and thorough look at what it feels like to be a teen today and how difficult it is to be the outcast.

Written to a younger teen audience, but never condescending, this book is a must read for adults and young teens alike.

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