Saturday, February 23, 2019

Book Review: The Breakaways by Cathy G. Johnson

Faith is starting at Middle School and doesn't know anyone. When a popular older girl asks her to join the soccer team, the Bloodhounds, on the first day, she's elated. Only to find out she's on the C team full of kids who don't really care, aren't any good, and don't like soccer. She never even sees that popular 8th grader until the end of the season. But over time, Faith figures out that the girls on her team are good at something else--being friends. No, they're not perfect. A couple of longtime friends have a falling out that lasts for a while, and a couple of the kids are certainly teased/bullied by other kids, but overall, they're pretty supportive and nice to each other. And that's much more important than winning soccer games you don't care about.
This book would be so good for kids who like to play games/sports just because they like them, not because they're good or want to win. Also good for kids going to a new school or struggling to make friends. And Faith draws her own graphic novel, so perfect for more artsy kids. Also kind of meta, since this is a graphic novel.

This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.

This book is published by First Second, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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