Carlos Ramirez has always been the Strikers' best scorer. He pulls off bicycle kicks with ease, and his best friend, Tou Yang, knows exactly where to put the passes. But the state's best team, the Bandits, are coming to town, and Carlos hears that he'll have a very special fan in the stands. His uncle, a professional soccer player, will be watching his nephew's every move during the Strikers' biggest game of the year.
As the pressure to perform sets in, Carlos struggles to even hit the ball, let alone do bicycle kicks. Everyone has seen that Carlos is a gifted athlete, but no one knows whether he'll shine as the center of attention, or be blinded by the spotlight.---from the publisher
56 pages 978-1434227874 Ages 9-14
Keywords: soccer, sports, graphic novel, peer pressure, self esteem, self respect, identity, individuality, relatives, part of a series, reluctant reader, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old, feelings, influence of others