Kick (Paperback)

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“An award-winning author joins with a high school teen to create a story about a 13-year-old who gets into trouble and may be charged with multiple crimes. Kevin Johnson, son of a deceased police officer, can't or won't explain what happened the day he was arrested. In jail, besides being worried about his mother and grandmother, he fears that he will not be able to play in the State Cup soccer tournament. The two authors -- one who knows how to relate the tension of the soccer field and the other who knows how to accurately translate the tension in the life of teens -- have delivered an inspirational and real-life novel that will draw teens, especially boys, into reading.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI


For the very first time in his decades-long career writing for teens, acclaimed and beloved author Walter Dean Myers writes with a teen, Ross Workman.

Kevin Johnson is a great kid and skilled soccer player. With attitude.

Then he ends up in jail.

Sergeant Brown is a tough cop and Kevin's mentor.

With attitude.

If Kevin and Brown can learn to trust each other, they might be able to turn things around.

Before it's too late.

Praise For…

“Drugs, drive-by shootings, gang warfare, wasted lives—Myers has written about all these subjects with nuanced understanding and a hard-won, qualified sense of hope.”

Praise for Lockdown: “A moving tale of a kid who may have made a mistake but who still deserves the modest future he seeks. Refreshingly avoids cliché.”

Praise for Lockdown: “Masterful.”

Praise for Lockdown: “Myers creates a nuanced, realistic portrait of a teen dealing with incarceration and violence. Myers gets his voice just right.”

Praise for Dope Sick, named a 2010 ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers: “Using both harsh realism and a dose of the fantastic, Myers will leave readers with plenty to think about.”

Praise for Dope Sick, named a 2010 ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers: “Rich, nuanced.”

Praise for Game: “Expertly realized.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062004918
ISBN-10: 0062004913
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
Pages: 224
Language: English

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