Goal!: a Reading List

Submitted by teenspace on July 8, 2010 - 5:28pm

Are you watching the World Cup?!?  Are you excited about the big game this weekend?  Here are some movies and books you may enjoy.


Bend It Like Beckham
"Eighteen year-old Jesminder's parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she's spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women's team."

Goal!:  the dream begins
"Santiago Munez, an immigrant from Los Angeles, is given the chance to go to England to pursue his dream of becoming a professional soccer player. This underdog must prove he has the talent, passion, and determination to triumph against all odds."

She's the Man
"Viola becomes furious when she learns that her high school, Cornwall, has just cut the girl's soccer team. So furious, in fact, that she takes advantage of her twin brother Sebastian skipping town for a few weeks to take his place at his school, Illyria, so she can join the soccer team there. But her disguise as her brother leads to major complications when she falls in love with her soccer-playing roommate and the girl he's in love with falls in love with 'Sebastian'."


A Home on the Field:  how one championship team inspires hope for the revival of small town America by Paul Cuadros
"A Home on the Field" is the triumphant true story of a team of Latino high school students and their coach who fought against the prejudices of their school and small Southern town to win the North Carolina state soccer championship."

Exposure by Mal Peet
"Paul Faustino, South America's best soccer journalist, reports on the series of events that hurl Otello from the heights of being a beloved and successful soccer star, happily married to the pop singer Desmerelda, into a downward spiral, in this novel loosely based on Shakespeare's play, Othello."

Goal!:  the dream begins by Robert Rigby

"Santiago, a young Mexican American, fulfills his dream of playing soccer when a chance encounter in inner-city Los Angeles results in a trip to England to try out for the Newcastle United soccer team."

Going for the Record by Julie A. Swanson
"Seventeen-year-old Leah's chance to make the national soccer team does not seem so important when she learns that her father has cancer and may only have months to live."

Home of the Braves by David Klass
"Eighteen-year-old Joe, captain of the soccer team, is dismayed when a hotshot player shows up from Brazil and threatens to take over both the team and the girl whom Joe hopes to date."

Pele:  his life and times by Harry Harris
"In this unprecedented look at the man behind the myth--Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele--Harris charts the rise of this small-town boy as he became a living soccer legend. "

Pretty Tough by Liz Tigelaar
"Two feuding sisters from Malibu, California, take their rivalry to the soccer field when both girls make the high school team."

Soccerhead:  an accidental journey into the heart of the America game by Jim Haner

Tangerine by Edward Bloor
"Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight."

The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
"Dennis' life is boring and lonely. His mother left two years ago, his truck driver father is depressed, his brother is a bully and, worst of all, "no hugging" is one of their household rules. But one thing Dennis does have is soccer---he's the leading scorer on his team. Oh, and did we mention his secret passion for fashion?"

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