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Soccer Hero
by Matt Christopher
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Rob's coach is running drills with the team, under the blazing September sun, when he clutches his heart and crumples to the ground. Rob is the only one around who knows CPR. He instructs another team member to call 911, and for the first time in his life he begins CPR on a real person.

When the ambulance takes Coach away, Rob becomes a reluctant hero. He's glad he could help but the praise embarrasses him so he runs home to wait for word on the coach.

With the help of Rob's CPR and the EMS, Coach would seem to be okay, but Rob's team is now without a coach. Benji comes up with a plan to find one and in the meantime, the team holds their own scrimmage. That's when Rob realizes, by his teammate's deference to him, that he is still a hero.

A news article on Rob's heroism brings the team a new coach. Unfortunately, he doesn't know anything about soccer. Having a coach will allow the team to stay together, but they need someone who will teach them new plays and how to handle the ball in given situations. Much to his dismay, Rob is made team captain. After a few practices the team is falling apart and Rob doesn't know what to do to help them.

This story of a young hero and his team is one of the many good sports novels in Matt Christopher's Sports Series.

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