Bowen, Fred. Out of Bounds. Peachtree, 2015. (Uncorrected Proof) $5.95. ISBN 978-1-56145-845-5. 128 pages. Ages 7-12. P7Q8
Nate Osborne plays striker on a competitive soccer team. Nate and his soccer team, the Strikers, hope to be able to defeat the Monarchs, a talented team who beat them the year before. When Nate watches his aunt, a former college player who is in a women’s league, kick the ball out of bounds forfeiting the opportunity to score when a player on the opposing team is down, Nate is surprised. Isn’t winning everything? Why wouldn’t you take advantage of this opportunity? His aunt teaches him that benefiting from the injury of another player is not the approach to take. Playing fair is part of becoming the best that you can be. Bowen is a retired lawyer and relentless sports enthusiast. He wrote this story in an interesting and realistic manner. His soccer terminology made the story believable and informative. I appreciated the emphasis on good sportsmanship and working towards your goals by playing your best. This book is well done!
Summer 2016 review by Penny McDermott.