Soccerland by Beth Choat
(International Sports Academy)

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"One day I’m going to play for the U.S. Women’s National Team." That’s what Flora Dupre promised her mom, before her mom died of cancer. Flora and her mom had created a place called Soccerland, an escape world where they went and just talked soccer. And now Flora’s dream of playing for the U.S.A. might be coming true. Flora’s received the invitation of a lifetime: the chance to try out for the Under-15 U.S. Girls’ Soccer Team, an opportunity that could put Flora on the road to making her dream a reality and reaching the real "Soccerland." But when Flora arrives at the International Sports Academy, the level of talent there is like nothing she’s ever seen before. Flora struggles to hold her own, grappling with new positions on the pitch, injuries, a frustrating coach, and contempt from other players. But Flora is a big, strong Dupre girl—and she’s not going to go down easy.

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About Beth Choat

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Beth Choat has been a sports journalist for nearly two decades. She has written for Sports Illustrated for Kids and been a staff journalist for Sports Illustrated, ABC Sports, and three Olympic Committees. She has covered world, Olympic, European, and national championships from the inside, where she has observed and been told first-hand what it's like to be a young, female, world-class athlete. Beth Choat's expertise is sports; her passion is the empowerment of young women. She lives in the desert Southwest with her husband.
 
Published May 9, 2012 by Skyscape. 231 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fourteen-year-old Flora struggles with her dual role as star soccer player at her rural Maine high school, dreaming of playing for the U.S. Soccer Girl’s National Team, and her family’s centuries-old tradition of potato farming.

Sep 15 2010 | Read Full Review of Soccerland (International Spo...

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Guest book reviewer and Torrance resident Paige Brandt, 14, is a freshman at South High and a goalkeeper for the Under-16 Silver Elite Palos Verdes SC Exiles.

Oct 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Soccerland (International Spo...

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