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Out of Bounds

Part of Fred Bowen Sports Story Series

by Fred Bowen

Looking for soccer action? Check out this Sports Story Series book from Washington Post KidsPost columnist and author Fred Bowen – perfect for fans of Mike Lupica and Tim Green.

“Bowen tucks in plenty of soccer action.” ―Booklist Online

“You’ll be entranced until the last shot on goal.” ―Soccer Wire

Eighth-grader Nate Osborne is a forward on his soccer team, the Strikers. Like the rest of his team, he can get competitive, especially when it comes to playing against their rivals, the Monarchs. The Strikers desperately want the Monarchs to lose. They even root against them when they play other teams.

During a game against the Monarchs, Nate has to decide between going for a goal after a player on the rival team gets injured or kicking the ball out of bounds as an act of good sportsmanship. His aunt has always taught him the importance of fair play, but will he lose the support of his team if he does the right thing?

Out of Bounds is an entertaining yet thoughtful story about young athletes struggling with teamwork and sportsmanship.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-845-5
Publication Date: 8/1/2015
Page Count: 144
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-894-3
Publication Date: 8/1/2015
Page Count: 144
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-926-1
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English

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F&P: GRL Q, Gr 4, Genre RF
Lexile: 630L
Themes: Soccer, Sportsmanship, Teamwork
BISAC 1: JUV032150 JUVENILE FICTION /Sports & Recreation / Soccer
BISAC 2: JUV013000 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General


“Bowen tucks in plenty of soccer action —plus a chocolate chip cookie recipe—and closes with some real-life sports incidents that exemplify the principle he wants to highlight.” ―Booklist Online

“Bowen understands the dynamics of our sport, its nuances, and the give-and-take of a soccer match, especially among young players… You’ll be entranced until the last shot on goal” ―Soccer Wire

“Bowen came up with another gem in this novel” ―4th Grade Reading

“Younger readers, or older readers who struggle, will find this book is one that engages their interest and challenges their perceptions of how sports should be played.” ―YA and Kids Books Central


Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2016

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (master list) ―Salem State College, 2016-2017

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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.