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The author of the book: Matt Christopher
Edition: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: April 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780316134064
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Reader ratings: 4.6
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Soccer Duel talks about the story of Renny, a middle schooler who just moved to a new town, and plays backup for his center striker. His dream is to be as recognized as a soccer player as he was in his old town, and he tries to be unselfish and nice to everyone he meets. Soccer Duel also talks about the story of Bryce, a selfish ball-hog who is known to be the “best in the league”, and has a real rough attitude, thanks to his father leaving him when he was young. (view spoiler)[ During one match, Renny gets to play center striker, and scores a few goals, but makes many assists, causing his team to beat Bryce’s. Bryce, in retaliation, tries to find out about this “new kid” and realizes that he’s the exact opposite of Renny. Determined to win the League Championship, he sends a high schooler to roughen Renny up. Although Bryce hates Renny, Renny sees Bryce as a role model, and when he tells Bryce this, Bryce feels that he may have underestimated who Renny was, and he feels guilty that he sent someone to bully him on the field. Renny gets injured a bunch of times from Bryce’s man, and Renny gets the referee to see it happening, which costs the other team the entire game. Renny finds out that Bryce wanted to hurt him, and he didn’t feel like talking to him again. On the day of the championship, where both Renny and Bryce’s team making it to the finals, they become rivals, and things start to heat up. Renny suddenly forgives Bryce, as he knows that Bryce is guilty for his mistake, and wants to be friends. The two boys face off during the championship and during the end, Renny gets Bryce’s father to come see his game for the first time in ages, and Bryce really feels like Renny is his true friend. Renny and Bryce play a tough championship game, but Renny ends up winning the game for his team, and gets the MVP award, but Bryce feels happy he got his father back and a best friend. (hide spoiler)] This book is a well thought out book, and its very unique on the level of how the boys’ relationship works. I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s into soccer, and for people who are looking for books to read enjoyably.
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Read information about the authorMatt Christopher is the writer young readers turn to when they're looking for fast-paced, action-packed sports novels. He is the best-selling author of more than one hundred sports books for young readers.
Matt Christopher is America's bestselling sports writer for children, with more than 100 books and sales approaching six million copies. In 1992, Matt Christopher talked about being a children's book author.
"I became interested in writing when I was 14, a freshman in high school. I was selling magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post, Country Gentleman, and Liberty, and I would read the stories, particularly the adventure and mystery stories, and think how wonderful it would be to be able to write stories and make a living at it. I also read detective, horror, aviation, and sports stories and decided I would try writing them myself.
Determined to sell, I wrote a detective story a week for 40 weeks, finding the time to marry, work, and play baseball and basketball before I sold my first story in 1941, "The Missing Finger Points," for $50 to Detective Story magazine.
After writing and selling children's sports stories to magazines, I decided to write a baseball book for children. I was living in Syracuse, New York at the time, working at General Electric. I spoke about my idea to the branch librarian. She was immediately interested and told me that they needed sports stories badly. So I came up with my first children's book, The Lucky Baseball Bat. I submitted it to Little, Brown, and the book was published in 1954.
I'm sure that playing sandlot baseball and then semiprofessional baseball with a Class C club in the Canadian-American League influenced my writing. I had my own personal experiences, and I saw how other players reacted to plays, to teammates' and fans' remarks and innuendoes, to managers' orders, etc. All these had a great influence on my writing. My love of the game helped a lot, too, of course.
Out of all the books I've written, my favorite is The Kid Who Only Hit Homers. It's a fantasy, but the main character in it could be real. There are a lot of boys who would love to play baseball but, for some reason, cannot. The only difference between a real-life boy and Sylvester Coddmyer III is the appearance of a character named George Baruth, whom only Sylvester can see and who helps Sylvester become a good ballplayer.
I've written many short stories and books for both children and adults, and find that writing for children is really my niche. Being the eldest of nine children (seven boys and two girls), I've lived through a lot of problems many children live through, and I find these problems excellent examples to include in my books.
Sports have made it possible for me to meet many people with all sorts of life stories, on and off the field, and these are grist for this writer's mill. I'm far beyond playing age now, but I manage to go to both kids' and adult games just to keep up with them, and keep them fresh in my mind.Very few things make me happier than receiving fan letters from boys and girls who write that they had never cared for reading until they started to read my books. That is just about the ultimate in writing for children. I would never trade it for another profession."
Matt Christopher died on September 27, 1997. His legacy is now being carried on by his sons, Duane and Dale Christopher.
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