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The captain contest
Christopher, Matt, 1917-1997.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown, [1999]

Physical Description:
58 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Dewey loves to draw and wants to enter the soccer team logo contest, but he does not want to win the grand prize--being team captain.
Reading Level:
620 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.9 1.0 34555.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.4 3 Quiz: 13309.
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FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
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FICTION Juvenile Fiction Easy Fiction
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Dewey loves to draw and wants to enter the soccer team logo contest, but he does not want to win the grand prize--being team captain.

Author Notes

Matt Christopher was born August 16, 1917 in Bath, Pennsylvania. He had a variety of odd jobs before focusing full time on writing including playing shortstop for a Class C minor-league team in Smith Falls, Ontario. He also drove trucks and sold umbrellas and worked in a theater. Christopher finally began his writing career in 1940, when he wrote a detective story that was accepted by Detective Box Magazine in 1943

His first children's book was The Lucky Baseball Bat, published in 1954, which was in print for 25 years. Christopher was the best-selling author of more than fifty sports books for young readers. He is best known for his sports novels for children as well as his many short stories and articles in numerous children's and adults' magazines. His later works include Dirt Bike Racer, The Spy on Third Base, and Skateboard Tough. Christopher wrote 78 books in all and over 250 magazine articles and short stories.

Matt Christopher dies in 1997.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-3. Christopher opens an entirely new, numbered, series, Soccer 'Cats, with this posthumously published action-packed tale of a 10-year-old with a problem. The new summer league is running a logo contest, and the winning designer for each team will be designated captain. Dewey loves to draw but hates the idea of being in charge, but his best friend, Bundy, is a natural leader with no artistic talent. It's a pretty dilemma for Dewey at least; Bundy has no qualms about submitting an unrecognizable drawing. Although readers will need soccer experience to follow the game action, Christopher moves the story right along and resolves Dewey's conflict feasibly, with the help of an open-minded coach. Short chapters and well-leaded lines of type, plus occasional ink drawings of a snub-nosed protagonist looking troubled, will draw less practiced readers to this brief chapter book. --John Peters

Publisher's Weekly Review

Kicking off the Soccer 'Cats series, credited to the late Christopher, this early chapter book introduces 10-year-old Dewey and his best friend, Bundy. When the two spot a poster announcing a contest to come up with a team name and T-shirt logo for the summer soccer league, they have very different reactions. Bundy thinks it would be "awesome" to head up the team, but "just barely passed art last year." A talented artist, Dewey is psyched about designing a team logo, but the thought of being team captain makes him a "little queasy." Undecided about entering the competition, Dewey doesn't speak up when Bundy asks his teammates if they plan to enter the contest. They all agree that Bundy would make the ideal captain, and he assumes the captain's position is in the bag. As Dewey mulls over whether or not to enter the contest, the narrative convincingly presents his anguish over the possibility of jeopardizing his friendship with Bundy as well as his trepidation about becoming captain. Despite its single-issue focus, the plot moves along at a sprightly pace, though young soccer buffs (especially those familiar with Christopher's oeuvre) may be disappointed at the minimal action on the playing field. The series' second installment, Operation Baby-Sitter, is being published simultaneously. Ages 7-9. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-3-When two 10-year-old friends sign up for a summer soccer league, they discover there is a contest to name and design logos for the teams. The winners will become captains and their designs, part of the uniforms. Bundy is a natural leader but not a good artist. Dewey can draw well but wants nothing to do with being in charge, yet plans to enter anyway. When he finally lets his friend know, Bundy is upset. Nothing too suspenseful takes place in this beginning chapter book. In fact, the outcome is evident immediately-Dewey arranges for Bundy to be captain of the Soccer 'Cats even though it's his logo that wins. The plot is neither interesting nor realistic. The book is illustrated with a few black line drawings. All in all, this posthumous publication is not up to Christopher's previous standards.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.