The Wild Soccer Bunch – Giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

The Wild Soccer Bunch is an international best-selling series that has made its debut in North America. The series originated in Germany and has more than nine million copies of the books in print in 29 countries, and has finally been translated into English. The books follow a soccer team and each one is told from the point of view of one of the players. Landon Donovan, who plays for the L.A. Galaxy and comes from a family of teachers, has joined the ranks of men trying to get boys to read more.

The first book, Kevin The Star Striker, finds the Bunch free of school for Spring Break and excited to play some soccer. They find their field has been taken over by Mickey the Bulldozer and his group of bullies, The Unbeatables. The Bunch recruit a former semi-pro soccer player to be their coach and fight to win back their field.

There are some good points about this book. It promotes teamwork, sportsmanship, socio-economic diversity and other good values. It motivates kids to get involved in team sports. The story moves quickly and keeps the reader coming back for more. And it’s got some cute illustrations.

But like most middle-grade books recently, it has the usual insults (moron, loser and jerk are used often). The boys almost all ignore the fact that they’re punished, stealing back a ball that’s been locked away or sneaking out a bathroom window, and the parents accept this without any repercussions. There are also a few references to parents who drink excessively and a mother who entertains men, and I mean that the way you think I mean it. Of course these went right over my 7 year old’s head but a more inquisitive child may want to know exactly what some of these scenes mean.

The book is rated for ages 8-14, and I would recommend it to the more mature middle graders in this range. It’s a good book for discussing some of the harder issues, like why it’s not good to skip out on punishment and the right way to treat your friends. My son and I had several talks about why you shouldn’t insult your friends.

One winner (U.S. only) will receive a copy of The Wild Soccer Bunch: Kevin the Star Striker. Please leave a comment if you’d like to win. We’ll announce the winner on September 13.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

The winner of the 3 awesome DK Science Kids’ books is #29 Marj M.

Our newest book blogger Nancy is a soccer mom who sometimes cheers a little too loudly at games. She writes about her 2 boys and life in Colorado at Life With My Boys.

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1 queen-size funny bone August 30, 2010 at 12:52 am

I’d love to win.


2 Sarah August 30, 2010 at 7:54 am

I’ld love it


3 Peggy Gorman August 30, 2010 at 8:10 am

This book sounds great!! Thanks for the chance!


4 mary b August 30, 2010 at 9:47 am

My 11 yo soccer player is an avid reader (and a Landon Donovan fan), so this would be a fantastic prize to win!


5 Ruth Hill August 30, 2010 at 9:59 am

This books sounds like a great read! Yes, please enter me.


6 stacy August 30, 2010 at 10:37 am

Sounds like something my son would be interested in.


7 Taffy August 30, 2010 at 12:36 pm

That sounds like an interesting series. I’d like to win it for my grade school son!


8 shelly August 30, 2010 at 4:02 pm

This sounds like a series my tween son would like to read. Thanks for the chance!


9 Rebekah E. August 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm

This sounds like something me kids would like to read.


10 Linda August 30, 2010 at 6:58 pm

It sounds like my kids would love this book. Thanks for the giveaway!


11 Marj M. August 31, 2010 at 7:16 am

My grandson would love this one, he played soccer this summer and loved it.


12 Karen August 31, 2010 at 9:29 am

Sounds like a great book for all boys to read!


13 Farrah from The Book Faery Reviews August 31, 2010 at 10:50 am

My 10 year old daughter loves reading and playing soccer. This would be a great series for her to read. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!


14 Kristi D August 31, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I would love to win, I have a soccer player (and coach) in my family!


15 Christine W August 31, 2010 at 2:34 pm

This would be perfect for my soccer loving son! Thanks for the chance.


16 Jennifer N August 31, 2010 at 4:42 pm

My son is in love with soccer!! he would love this!


17 diane taylor August 31, 2010 at 7:00 pm

i love to read and this sounds like a good one.


18 Ellen C. August 31, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I’d like to win this. Thanks for the chance.


19 Staci A August 31, 2010 at 9:11 pm

It sounds like an interesting read. I’d love to read it myself and share with my son when he’s just a bit older!


20 Jessica T August 31, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Love new books!


21 Mozi Esmes Mommy September 1, 2010 at 7:22 am

Would love to share this with my nephews!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings:


22 Beth C September 1, 2010 at 8:56 am

I have a grandson who plays soccer and he would enjoy this.


23 TKeairns September 2, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Fingers crossed!!! Book sounds awesome!!


24 Aleyta September 3, 2010 at 12:29 am

Would love to win!! Thank you!!


25 Barb September 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm

My son is an avid soccer player but hates to read so this just might turn him into a reader!!!


26 Amanda A September 4, 2010 at 8:35 am

This sounds like a great book – thanks!!


27 katklaw777 September 5, 2010 at 5:33 am

Interesting book, thanks.


28 Abhishek Duggal September 5, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Thanks for the opportunity!


29 crystal allen September 13, 2010 at 3:28 pm

sounds like a great read. clallen at ntin dot net


30 Soccer Balls in Delhi December 7, 2013 at 6:42 am

This one is really great. Everyone must watch this. And the short game is the best family entertainer. Thanks for sharing this article with us. I memorized again about the short game by reading your article.


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