The Soccer Star
In this soccer adventure, it's your
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their team in first place!
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Book # 526 Hard cover 6
3/4" X 8 1/4" 36 pages
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The Soccer Star – Detailed Story
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Inside cover – Book Title|
Page 1 – A Picture illustration
(2 samples shown above this page)|
Page 2 – Another illustration|
||Page 3 – "The Soccer star" was
created especially for Michael Jeremy Smith at the age of 8,
with love from Grandma and grandpa,
December 25, 1998.|
Page 4 – Mike Smith lay asleep in his
bed, dreaming about tomorrow’s game. The next afternoon would be one of
the most important games he had ever played. A scout from America'’
national team would be in Woodbridge watching the game and perhaps
select players to represent America in the "8 and under" world
Page 5 – Picture illustrations|
Page 6 – More illustrations|
Page 7 – In his office, the scout was busy
assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each player. In fact, the team he
had already picked was so strong that he didn’t think anyone from tomorrow’s
game would have a chance to make the team.|
Page 8 – The next day Mike was
awesome. He dribbled the ball as if it were attached to his feet. His passes
were right on the mark, and he scored a beautiful goal to help his team tie
the best team in the league. Mike had noticed the scout watching him,
but the scout was stone-faced, and Mike didn’t know what he was
Page 9 – Picture illustrations|
Page 10 – More illustrations|
Page 11 – Two days later, the scout
telephoned him. "Mike, would you be interested in playing for
America in the "8 and under" world championships?" he asked.
"We have a series of practices starting next week and then the games
begin." "Yes!" Mike said excitedly, nearly dropping
the telephone. "I’ll be there."|
Page 12 – At practice the next week, Mike
met his coach and was introduced to all the other players. Mike
proudly put on the American uniform. He could hardly wait for the
championships to begin.|
"Imagine," he thought to himself,
"I’m playing for America."
- Page 13 – Picture illustrations
- Page 14 – More illustrations
- Page 15 – After a week of tough practices,
the day of the first match finally arrived. In the locker room, the coach
was going over the game plan and giving the players their final
instructions. Mike sat very still and quiet. He was so nervous.
- Page 16 – When the American team ran into the
field, the roar of the crowd was deafening. Mike had never been in
front of a crowd this large before. Mike became even more nervous
when he remembered that he would be seen on television for the first time.
He wondered if Larry, Josh and Chris would be watching as he
was introduced to the crowd.
- Page 17 – Picture illustrations
- Page 18 – More illustrations
- Page 19 – Soon the big game was ready to
begin. Mike joined several other players on the bench. Unfortunately,
the first half started badly for America as the opposition took the lead
early in the game. America was still losing by a goal at half time.
- Page 20 – In the American dressing room you
could hear a pin drop. Mike and the rest of the players were
dejected. The silence was finally broken when the coach came into the room.
He suggested that a number of players should be playing better. He then went
over the game plan for the second half and tried to "pump-up" his
- Page 21 – Picture illustrations
- Page 22 – More illustrations
- Page 23 – The American team played much
better in the second half, but could not get the goal they needed to catch
up. The game was very physical and several players were knocked to the
ground with hard tackles. America’s star goal scorer fell painfully to the
ground after a tackle and was unable to continue. The coach called Mike
over. "Get in there and try to score a goal," he instructed him.
- Page 24 – Mike was not used to
competing against such good players. The pace was incredibly quick. As
usual, he played hard, and sweat poured down his brow. The sounds of the
crowd rang in his ear. Mike knew that his friends, including Larry,
Josh and Chris, were cheering every move that he made and he did not
want to disappoint such good friends.
- Page 25 – Picture illustrations
- Page 26 – More illustrations
- Page 27 – The first time Mike got the
ball, he managed to side step a defender and loft the ball into the penalty
area. One of his teammates leaped above the other defenders and headed the
ball into the corner net. The crowd erupted into cheers. The game was tied.
- Page 28 – With only three minutes of time
remaining to play, it seemed that the game was certain to go into extra
time. Both teams were desperate to find a way to score that winning goal. As
time sipped away, the ball came to Mike near mid-field. He ran up the
field with defenders all around him.
- Page 29 – Picture illustrations
- Page 30 – More illustrations
- Page 31 – Mike faked as if he were
going to kick to the right and then using all the skill he had been taught,
he drilled the ball toward the upper left corner of the goal. The crowd was
silent and time seemed to stand still. Then suddenly, the ball was in the
net. As the crowd realized that Mike had just scored the winning goal
of the game, they went wild with excitement. Mike ran with joy,
waving his hands high.
- Page 32 – All of the American players ran to Mike,
excitedly jumping and shouting. The crowd was cheering loudly: "Mike!
Mike! Mike! Mike! Just as time ran out and the referee blew the final
whistle. The American team had won.
- Page 33 – Picture illustrations
- Page 34 – More illustrations
- Page 35 – That night Mike could hardly
sleep. All he could think about was "The Big Game" and the sounds
of the fans cheering. Next week, they would play again. Although it was a
long shot, America, with Mike’s help, had a chance to be the world
That night Mike had a dream. He imagined
winning the world championship and holding the cup high above his head while
the crowd cheered wildly. One time he woke up holding his pillow as if it were
a trophy. It wasn’t quite the trophy he wanted, but Mike knew he wasn’t
far from making his dream come true.
- Page 36 – Mike Smith, with love
from Grandma and Grandpa.
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