Playing With the Boys by Liz Tigelaar
(Paperback, Razorbill, $8.99)
Lucy Malone is a soccer player. So when she moves to a new town and tries out for her school's team, she's devastated when she doesn't make the cut. Lucy is convinced that soccer was her only chance to make new friends. Then the soccer coach suggests that she try out for place kicker on the boy's football team. With nothing to lose, Lucy tries out...and puts the boys to shame! Now Lucy is battling against the football coach, her teammates, and her dad to keep her spot on the team.
I can't believe I waited so long to read this book! I loved Liz Tigelaar's Pretty Tough about two sisters who try out for the same soccer team. Before I read Pretty Tough, I didn't know much about soccer. Playing With the Boys was pretty much the same experience but insert football as the sport. Luckily, Liz writes about sports in a way that even the most clueless will be able to follow along. Lucy plays football but her story really centers around her new friendships, crushing on the wrong boy, and finding her place at a new school. It's all about girl bonding and girl power. As with her first book, Liz Tigelaar shows that you can be pretty and tough.
Read Little Willow's 2008 interview with Liz.