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Title:
Goalkeeper in charge
Author:
Christopher, Matt, 1917-1997.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
135 pages ; 19 cm
Summary:
Will Tina's shyness ruin her chances to play goalkeeper on the soccer team?
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780316075527
Format :
Book

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Summary

Tina Esparza loves soccer, especially that it's a team sport where no one player is in the spotlight. Imagine her surprise when the coach asks her to train as the team's goalkeeper. Will Tina be able to overcome her shyness and accept a position that puts her in the center of attention?


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)


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Gr. 5-7. Painfully shy seventh-grader Tina Esparza loves soccer, especially because it's a team sport; she can play well and still blend in with the other players. That changes when she is singled out to be the goalkeeper for her new team. With all eyes on her, Tina struggles to maintain her game, especially as she must assert herself with the other players. The after-practice trips to the mall with her new team members pose another social challenge. Gradually, with the encouragement of her outgoing best friend and an empathetic new neighbor, Tina successfully confronts her shyness and soars on the field. Hirschfeld continues Matt Christopher's tradition of solid, issue-driven sports novels with this new title in the Christopher Sports Series. Some of the voices, including Tina's, seem far too mature and articulate. But soccer players will love the abundant field action, including techniques and team strategies, and most middle-schoolers will relate to Tina's social anxiety and find relief in the straightforward ways she confronts her fears. --Gillian Engberg