Owen Foote thinks soccer is the greatest sport in the world. He's so excited about being in the town soccer league that he's talked his best friend, Joseph, into signing up too. But Joseph can't kick and he can't pass-he's a klutz. And to make matters worse, the other kids on the team all look bigger and older than Owen. Soccer isn't as much fun as it used to be, but Owen won't give up his favorite sport-or his best friend without a fight. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.
Owen Foote knows that soccer is the greatest sport in the world. He's so excited about being old enough to join the town soccer league that he has talked his best friend, Joseph, into signing up too. But Joseph turns out to be terrible at soccer. That's not the only thing troubling Owen: the other kids on his team, the Aliens, seem to be bigger and older and better at soccer than he is, and at least one of them is mean. But Owen isn't about to give up his best friend or his favorite sport without a struggle. Readers will cheer for Owen as he and Joseph face new challenges on and off the field and come up winners.
Stephanie Greene is the author of the Owen Foote books and of three previous novels about Sophie Hartley, as well as a number of other books for children. A graduate of the MFA program in writing for children at Vermont College, Ms. Greene lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Martha Weston was the author and illustrator of two charming picture books about Tuck, as well as the illustrator of Clarion's successful Owen Foote books by Stephanie Greene. Martha Weston died in 2003.
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