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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

Get back on the soccer field with this action-packed Sports Story Series book from Washington Post KidsPost columnist and author Fred Bowen – perfect for fans of Mike Lupica and Tim Green.

Josh is so excited when he earns a spot on the United, an elite travel soccer team with exceptionally talented players. So why can’t they win a game?

Despite grueling practices and talent, Josh’s teammates are prone to hogging the ball and seem to only play for themselves. He begins to wonder if made a mistake leaving his old team. But just when he’s about to give up, Josh learns that the 1999 United States Women’s World Cup team faced similar difficulties the year they won it all. Can Josh convince his coach (and his team) to use team-building exercises like the U.S. women’s team to make them stronger? Or will they continue to lose the rest of the season?

Fred Bowen returns with another edge-of-your-seat Sports Story Series title emphasizing the important values of teamwork and relationships. An afterword offers more information about the 1999 United States Women’s World Cup team.

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.