Project Description

Discussion Guide

Soccer Team Upset

Part of Fred Bowen Sports Story Series

by Fred Bowen

Tyler’s hopes for an unbeatable season for the Cougars disappear when his friend Zack, the team’s hot-shot midfielder, and two more of their best players accept an offer to play for an elite travel team.

Tyler has to admit he’s pleased when Coach Murray puts him in Zack’s midfielder position. But playing the middle is tough and Tyler’s spirits really sink when the Cougars lose their season opener in a close game―and the next game, too. Then an elderly English soccer fan tells Tyler about America’s 1-0 surprise upset of England―the world’s number one team―in the 1950 World Cup. Tyler learns that any game can be won or lost by a single play. But will one play really be enough to beat the top-ranked Mustangs?

Author Fred Bowen continues his Sport 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 1950 World Cup match between the United States and England. For more on this title, visit the Sports Story Series website here.

Format: Paperback
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-495-2
Publication Date: 8/1/2009
Page Count: 128
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-613-0
Age Range: 7 – 12
Language: English

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AR Level: 4.0
F&P: GRL R, Gr 4, Genre RF
Lexile: 630L
Themes: Confidence, Soccer, Teamwork
BISAC 1: JUV032150 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Soccer
BISAC 2: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship

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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.