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Part of Fred Bowen Sports Story Series

by Fred Bowen

Can Nate discover the importance of good sportsmanship?

Eighth grader Nate Osborne is a forward on his soccer team, the Strikers. He and the rest of his teammates are competitive, especially when it comes to playing against their rivals, the Monarchs. 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. What is the balance between playing fair and playing your best?

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! Back matter features a real-life lesson about sportsmanship from sports history. For more on this title, visit the Sports Story Series website here.

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.