Kick (Hardcover)

By Walter Dean Myers, Ross Workman

Harper Teen, 9780062004895, 197pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2011

Spring 2011 Kids' Next List

“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
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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 thirteen years old. And heading for juvie. He's a good kid, a great friend, and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey, soccer team. His team is competing for the State Cup, and he wants to prove he has more than just star-player potential. Kevin's never been in any serious trouble . . . until the night he ends up in jail. Enter Sergeant Brown, a cop assigned to be Kevin's mentor. 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 Kick

“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.”
-New York Times

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.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

Praise for Lockdown:“Masterful.”
-Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Lockdown:“Myers creates a nuanced, realistic portrait of a teen dealing with incarceration and violence. Myers gets his voice just right.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

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.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Dope Sick, named a 2010 ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers:“Rich, nuanced.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for Game:“Expertly realized.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)