Benched Cover


By Rich Wallace; Jimmy Holder (Illustrator)

Yearling Books, Paperback, 9780375850943, 122pp.

Publication Date: October 11, 2011

KICKERS: a young middle grade soccer series
Book 3
It's a race to the Kickers soccer league play-offs. Nine-year-old Ben is pretty sure that if the Bobcats win two of their last three games, they ll earn a tournament spot. But in their game against the Tigers, the Bobcats are a mess on the field they re not passing well at all and Ben decides to take control. Someone has to win this thing, and his teammates just aren t measuring up.
Then the whistle blasts, the red card waves, and Ben is out benched for dangerous moves. Not only that, he's barred from the next game, too a key bout against the Rabbits. How can he possibly help his team to the play-offs from the sidelines?
The Kickers series, from award-winning sports novelist Rich Wallace, features nonstop soccer action, black-and-white art, and league statistics and soccer tips throughout.
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About the Author
Rich Wallace is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including Sports Camp; Perpetual Check; Wrestling Sturbridge, an ALA-YALSA Best of the Best Book for Young Adults; Shots on Goal, a Booklist Top 10 Youth Sports Book; and the Winning Season series. He coached soccer for several years, beginning when his older son joined a team in kindergarten. Rich Wallace lives in New Hampshire with his wife, author Sandra Neil Wallace. You can visit him on the Web at From the Hardcover edition.