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The comeback challenge
by Matt Christopher ; illustrated by Karen Meyer.
Boston : Little, Brown and Co., c1996.
151 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.


Mark, center for his middle school's soccer team the Scorpions, must cope with his parents' divorce and a teammate who holds a grudge against him.

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.1
Accelerated Reader Points 4
Accelerated Vocabulary

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
Lexile Measure 750

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 6
Title Point Value 6
Lexile Measure 750


Susan Dove Lempke (Booklist, January 1 & 15, 1996 (Vol. 92, No. 9 & 10))
Mark, age 12, who is living with his grandparents while his parents squabble over custody, is anxious about fitting in on his new soccer team. He's pleased to discover that some of the skills he learned while living in England help the team, but the team captain, Vince, doesn't want to share team glory with a newcomer. The story is formulaic, but Christopher sets up some strong play-by-play action and mixes it with a message about the importance of acknowledging bad feelings and communicating with others. Parents and teachers may object to the fact that schoolwork and reading are never mentioned, but die-hard sports fans who resist reading may find that makes the story all the more tempting. Category: Middle Readers. 1996, Little, Brown, $15.95 and $3.95. Gr. 4-6.


LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.C458 Cm 1996
95022346 [Fic]
0316140902 (hc)
0316141526 (pbk.)
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