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Go For The Goal
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Go for the Goal!

Part of Fred Bowen Sports Story Series

by Fred Bowen

Josh and his talented travel league soccer teammates are having trouble coming together as a successful team.

All the players on Josh’s elite travel league soccer team, the United, are talented, but they each seem to be playing for themselves. As a result, they can’t win a single game. Tired of always losing, Josh begins to wonder if he made a mistake by leaving his old team. But just when Josh is about to give up on his new team, he makes a discovery: the 1999 United States Women’s World Cup team faced similar difficulties the year they won it all. Using team-building exercises was their solution, and Josh convinces his coach to try the same approach. Will they be able to turn the United into a real team?

Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword provides the real story of the 1999 United States Women’s World Cup team. For more on this title, visit the Sports Story series website here.

Format: Paperback
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-632-1
Publication Date: 8/1/2012
Page Count: 128
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-777-9
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English

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AR Level: 3.9
GRL: N, Gr 3
Lexile: 590L
Themes: Soccer, Perseverance, Teamwork
BISAC 1: JUV032150 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Soccer
BISAC 2: JUV011050 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Other
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship


“Soccer fans will love Go for the Goal! and so will anyone who’s ever played a sport and understands the importance of working as a team.” ―US Kids Magazine

“Excellent reading for sports-oriented students ages 7-12. The exciting narrative and page-turning action keep junior reader interest peaked.” ―Midwest Book Review

“Bowen manages to make the reader feel as if he is right there in the middle of the action. Any soccer fan will easily relate to the frustrations of building a team. The universal lesson of working together applies to any sport. A quick read that lends itself to a good book report choice. Good for the sports enthusiast.” ―Boys to Books

“What I love about Bowen’s work is that he ties in the team’s action to a historic event… There’s plenty of action, a few interpersonal problems, even scores and rosters, but I like the historical notes at the end.” ―Ms. Yingling Reads


Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, Grades 3-5) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2013-2014

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (Master List) ―Salem State College, 2015-2016

Prairie Pasque Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―SDLA, SDRC, South Dakota State Library, South Dakota Elementary School Principals, 2014-2015

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Meet the Author

Fred Bowen is the author of Peachtree’s popular Fred Bowen Sports Story series. A lifelong sports fanatic, he has coached youth league baseball, basketball, and soccer. His kids’ sports column “The Score” appears each week in the KidsPost section of the Washington Post. Bowen lives in Maryland. You can visit his website here.