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Soccer Scoop: Who's making a fool of Mac? (Matt Christopher Sports Fiction) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-02-28 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0316188964
LANGUAGE: English

" I liked the fact that it was part mystery, part sports story. Looking at reviews, they mentioned how some of the language is silly for today but it was really only one kid who used weird phrases (dolled up, spiffy, etc) and better old school phrases than new ones that make it inappropriate. " said.

" This book is a great book. It talks about a great goalkeeper, called Mac. He is really good, but he acts strangely during games. He is the captain of the team, but he yell so loudly that all the players can hear him. He always shows great attitudes, but he doesn't have a self control. He has to have the enough strength to handle his anger. I recommend this book to any sports lover. " said.

"What a great sports book--just what my sporty son needed to pull him back into the reading habit. (That and all the for-older-readers nonfiction picture books I could find in our library system.)

Mac is a big talker of a goalie, but a good one, and is used to getting a lot of praise. When the student newspaper has a string of anti-Mac cartoons in it, he's dismayed and mad. He gets to the bottom of it but also has to confront how others might feel hearing his constant string of critiques during games. Great book for kids.
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"Have you ever wondered what to do when you are criticized and do not know who criticizes you?. In this realistic fiction book, whose title is Soccer Scoop by Matt Christopher. In my opinion is a really good book in which transmits some emotions and things that could happen in real life.

Mac Williams, the Cornwall Cougars goalkeeper, is a kid who is known for his "team instructions" during his games. But as he encounters a newspaper cartoon making a fool of him, in which everyone talks about at Cornwall school, he starts to get annoyed, and because of this he is determined to find the person behind the newspaper’s cartoons. It was so bad that he even suspected his friends. But as he gets a plan, he finds the person responsible for the cartoon. The theme that I think appeals to this book is that “Who criticizes others to improve, ends up being the criticized”, in which is something that Mac learns and goes though.

As for my analysis for this book. The title relates to the book because since the title is Soccer Scoop, and the book is about soccer, where Mac is the goalkeeper of the Cornwall Cougars, and the book includes Mac’s soccer games throughout the story, so there is one relationship. But on the second word, “Scoop”, relates to the content of the book because another meaning of “scoop” is “a piece of news published by a newspaper or a broadcast..”, relating to the book because in the book, Mac, tries to find the culprit behind the foolish newspaper cartoons, and also he asks his friend, Jimmy, who was a member of the school newspaper to help him figure out, and so he did help Mac. Adding to that, Jimmy makes newspaper’s headlines. Now if we relate back to the word of, ”scoop”, then that is how it relates to the story. Even, Mac said that, “this really is a soccer scoop”, a reference to the title, at the end of the story. Confirming my analysis.

As also for my opinion for this book, in which was great, I liked the way the author, Matt Christopher, gave details in Mac’s thinking in who were the suspects behind the newspaper cartoon because throughout the story, the details made me involved in the story, as the reader, to think the same way as the character. For instance, to infer who might of been the suspected, like Mac did. Also I was surprised to find who the culprit was as well as our character, Mac. (The culprit was the girlfriend of a teammate who was annoyed by Mac because he criticized his boyfriend on how he should play soccer, so that’s why she made the cartoons on the newspaper and she also was a member of the school newspaper). And finally I was satisfied by the end of the story, where everyone including Mac, his friends, teammates and the culprit laughed inharmony, as the culprit, Mac and a temate made up, and then everyone laughed and joked happily.

In conclusion, I rate this book from a 1-5 star rating scale, a 5, because it is one of the books that I really enjoyed reading, and I also liked it because I was a soccer book, in which soccer is my favorite sport and the selection of words that made reading this book smooth, I would recommend this book to people who like life-related lessons from the outside world and plus eo people who like reading a good sports book. Soccer Scoop, a book which teaches you a live lesson which may help you now or in the future, read it and you’ll learn it.
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"I'm trying to expand my horizons more as a reader in hopes of being able to recommend more to a wider audience, so this was my first foray into sports fiction. I can see why sporty kids would get into this, as descriptions of the game nicely tie in sports strategy and have a decent amount of interest and suspense. It's very short (113 pages) and moves quickly. This particular story also has an added mystery of who is publishing mean cartoons about the protagonist, a talkative goalie, in the school paper--not a super weighty take on the issue, since the cartoons are mostly just snide and he mostly wants to figure this out for his ego, but it adds a bit of interest. (The way the principal approaches the issue is interesting, though--saying that he can't do anything to censor the paper and that Mac should just ignore the cartoons--and makes me wonder how this topic might be treated differently today.) There's also some typical school stuff--like going to a school dance--to flesh out the characters a bit more than what we see on the field.

Based on the Goodreads information about Matt Christopher and the information in the beginning of the book, it looks like this was published shortly after Christopher died--which makes me wonder if this was his last/one of his last books, or if his sons took over and wrote this one. Either way, I was struck by how dated the characters' speech was: it felt like I was reading a book about kids in the 60s or 70s rather than late 90s, especially when it came to expressions like, "Hey, what do you know? It's X." While it was still a decent story, it made me wonder if the language would turn kids off, or if they would roll with it.
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