"One day I'm going to play for the U.S. Women's National Team." That's what Flora Dupre promised her mom, before her mom died of cancer. Flora and her mom had created a place called Soccerland, an escape world where they went and just talked soccer. And now Flora's dream of playing for the U.S.A. might be coming true. Flora's received the invitation of a lifetime: the chance to try out for the Under-15 U.S. Girls' Soccer Team, an opportunity that could put Flora on the road to making her dream a reality and reaching the real "Soccerland".
But when Flora arrives at the International Sports Academy, the level of talent there is like nothing she's ever seen before. Flora struggles to hold her own, grappling with new positions on the pitch, injuries, a frustrating coach, and contempt from other players. But Flora is a big, strong Dupre girl - and she's not going to go down easy.
©2010 Beth Choat (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Superbly written." (Doug McIntyre, ESPN The Magazine)
"Choat's examination of the dedication, effort, and sacrifice needed to become a national-level player is riveting and inspiring. Readers will be rooting for Flora as she struggles to achieve her goals." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A dazzling and expert portrait of the life of the young elite athlete." (S. L. Price, Sports Illustrated)
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I enjoyed this book. I was hesitant to read it but I am so glad I did. Being a soccer coach and a teacher, there are so many student athletes I would recommend this to, and not just girls. I believe the message in this book would be universal.
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