Nomination: Happy Like Soccer

Boelts, Maribeth. Happy Like Soccer. Illus. by Castillo, Lauren. 2012. Unpaged. Candlewick Press, $15.99. 978-0763646165. K-Gr. 3.

Nothing makes Sierra happier than playing soccer.  But she is feeling lonely on her new team, which practices outside of her inner city neighborhood and plays when her beloved aunt is working. When her coach tells her if she ever needs anything, Sierra takes him up on the offer, asking for a game in her neighborhood that her aunt can attend.  She achieves small triumphs and gains great confidence in herself and her self-worth.

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