The massive book reviewer School Library Journal has just published their review of Out of Bounds! We’re happy to be able to run Jessica Bushore’s full piece right here on SoccerSisters.com. Enjoy!
MONTALBANO, Andrea. Out of Bounds. 176p. (Soccer Sisters: Bk. 1). glossary. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. Apr. 2017. pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781492644811.
Makena (Mac) Walsh defines herself through soccer, particularly her close bond to her “soccer sisters” on her team. Her teammate Chloe leaves the league for ballet summer camp, and Skylar joins the team as her replacement. Skylar is the embodiment of cool, with her spiky, multicolored hair and temporary tattoos. Mac quickly falls under her spell, both on and off the field. But Skylar isn’t just a risk taker; she’ll do anything to win or get her way. Mac quickly realizes the thrill of excitement is too close to the fear of discovery. When high jinks escalate to lying to her family and friends, Mac must choose between Skylar’s friendship and her soccer sisters. With a professional soccer background, Montalbano grounds the story with details and writes fast action scenes.
The book targets soccer players specifically, but sports lovers of all kinds will be able to orient themselves using the handy glossary of terms. Characters are likable and well developed, with particular resonance for female readers. The length and simplicity make this selection ideal for reluctant readers.
VERDICT: A general purchase for its exploration into an underdeveloped genre, and a solid recommendation to soccer fans and sporty kids. – Jessica Bushore, Xenia, OH