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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Middle grade; ages 10 to Though soccer does indeed play a large role in the life of Nick Hall, what sets him apart from his fellow eighth graders is his vocabulary. This statement of frustration, as both the reader and Nick will come to realize, is not really true. It also provides a connection with the school librarian, Mr. MacDonald, who was a Grammy-winning hip-hop producer in a former life before disillusionment and brain surgery necessitated a career change. Both focus on families who emphasize the importance of academics to their children and provide them with love and support, though family strife becomes an issue too.
No catches, no fine print just unconditional book loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf. Kwame Alexander. Danielle Jawando. Written by Kwame Alexander. Verse novel about life for a football mad teen as his family hits problems, this tells how they survive. Nick is football mad, finding more poetry, more to stimulate him on the soccer field and with a ball at his feet than he ever does in books. Cody and Nick are on opposing football teams but the same side for everything else, including facing up to the school bullies.