by Trevor Kew
Competition for a place on a select soccer team bound for England turns a team of multicultural grade 9 girls from Vancouver into rivals.
For Vicky Parker, life has never been better. Despite mom's new boyfriend (ew!), Vicky and best friends Parm and Marjan seem to be shoo-ins for the soccer team and the chance to play in the tournament ? in England! But friendships turn into rivalries as the pressures of tryouts get to be too much, and a charming grade twelve boy takes an interest in Vicky instead of Marjan. How far are the girls willing to go when the competition heats up? And is a trip (and a boy) worth the sacrifice of a teammate and a best friend? [Fry Reading Level - 3.9
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...a good novel for reluctant readers and for sports fans. Kew writes the soccer aspects of the novel very well. Recommended.
Corinne Matthews, Resource Links
...a ringing endorsement for the title overall and especially the soccer scenes...Sidelined is an excellent example of a transitional novel with crossover appeal. Even for those that do not regularly purchase series titles, Sidelined deserves a place on your bookshelf.
Beth Maddigan, CM Magazine
"Soccer action takes a backseat to teen angst and lively banter, but the cast is thoroughly multicultural, and by the end, all fences have been mended."
Jon Peters, Booklist Online (U.S.)