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The Resource The Million Dollar Kick, Dan Gutman

The Million Dollar Kick, Dan Gutman

Label
The Million Dollar Kick
Title
The Million Dollar Kick
Statement of responsibility
Dan Gutman
Title variation
  • 1,000,000 dollar kick
  • $1,000,000 kick
  • One million dollar kick
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Thirteen-year-old Whisper, who hates sports, is torn when she gets a chance to win a million dollars by kicking a goal against a local soccer hero
Member of
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Award
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland), Grades 4-6, 2004.
Review
  • Gr. 5-8. Thirteen-year-old Whisper Nelson hates soccer--and many other things about her life as a middle schooler at the bottom of the social food chain. One day she allows little sister Briana, a soccer ace, to enter her in a contest to make up a new slogan for Oklahoma City’s women’s soccer team. The winner is allowed a kick against the team’s professional goalkeeper, with a $1 million prize for a successful goal. Of course, shy, unhappy Whisper writes the slogan that wins, and her dealing with the publicity blitz and training for the kick once she decides to take the risk pull the story along to a highly satisfying and terrifically suspenseful conclusion. Gutman captures Whisper’s pain and dry wit beautifully in this strong story about a teen getting through tough times. (Reviewed November 15, 2001) -- Anne O'Malley
  • Gr 5-8 –Seventh-grader Whisper can't stand soccer. Her little sister is the family sports star. However, Whisper is the one who is tapped for a contest promotion and she must try to kick a goal past the town's leading professional star in front of a whole stadium full of soccer fanatics. The prize is one million dollars, but Whisper isn't sure the potential humiliation is worth it. She suspects that no one in her family really believes she can do it. Her classmates don't offer much support either. It seems her only ally is Jesse, a self-styled "computer nerd," and Whisper doesn't know if she wants to be seen with him, even if he has created a laptop simulation that could help her succeed. Gutman paints a sharp, funny portrait of middle-school society. The dialogue rings true and the various cliques and subgroups will strike a familiar chord with adolescent readers. This is an exciting sports story with a compelling message about individuality and self-confidence, as well as a touch of romance.–Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL --Elaine E. Knight (Reviewed December 1, 2001) (School Library Journal, vol 47, issue 12, p134)
  • Dan Gutman's The Million Dollar Kick does for soccer what his The Million Dollar Shot did for basketball. Whisper Nelson, a seventh grader living in Oklahoma City, enters a competition to create the best slogan (the Million Dollar Kick Contest at the Donut City) and wins "the chance to take a single shot against the Kick goalkeeper Carmen Applegate for a million dollars." Once again the author works into the story line a plethora of tips and facts about the game, making this a book for reluctant players and soccer fans alike. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
102029
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gutman, Dan
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
660L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
4.7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Million dollar series (Dan Gutman)
Series volume
0002
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Soccer
  • Contests
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The Million Dollar Kick, Dan Gutman
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
419367
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
202 pages
Isbn
9780786807642
Isbn Type
(trade)
Lccn
2001016958
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780786807642
  • (Sirsi) ADE-0445
Label
The Million Dollar Kick, Dan Gutman
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
419367
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
202 pages
Isbn
9780786807642
Isbn Type
(trade)
Lccn
2001016958
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780786807642
  • (Sirsi) ADE-0445

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