The Fire and Fury of Soccer's Greatest Moment

From the Series Spectacular Sports

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

What goal caused the most legendary celebration in soccer history? Who invented the bicycle kick? Who was the first player to score 1,000 goals? Get the full story on scoring goals in soccer, from the earliest days to the present. This book is full of facts about the sport’s greatest goals and the women and men who scored them.

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Sports
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.6
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
Dewey 796.334'26
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Lexile 860
ATOS Reading Level 5.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 134924
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Author: Mike Kennedy

Author: Mark Stewart

Mark Stewart has authored more than 250 nonfiction books for the school and library market. He also has interviewed a diverse group of famous Americans in his role as a magazine writer and editor—including Arthur Ashe, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Peter Max, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Big Bird (aka Carroll Spinney), Darryl "Run–DMC" McDaniels, Mike Wallace, and Brian Williams. Mark comes from a publishing family. His grandfather was Sunday Editor of The New York Times, his father ran The New York Times Book Division, and his mother was Articles Editor for Ladies Home Journal and McCall's. Mark's web site, JockBio.com, features comprehensive biographies of hundreds of athletes, and attracts more than one million readers a year. Mark graduated from Duke University with a degree in History. He serves as Board Secretary for two National Historic Sites, including the Twin Lights near his home overlooking Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

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Spectacular Sports

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School Library Journal, Curriculum Connections

For Goal!:
“Stewart wraps a history of the game, bizarre incidents, record-setting achievements, and portraits of some of the game’s greatest players around absorbing, high-tension accounts of 10 renowned goals.”
School Library Journal

For Dino-Soccer:
“Wheeler’s fast and furious verse finds a perfect counterpart in Gott’s richly colored scenes of jersey-clad creatures battling furiously for the ball—right down to the suspenseful final moments.”
School Library Journal

School Library Journal

“[A] large amount of information is contained in this slim, engagingly readable book.”
School Library Journal


“Following the same attractively designed format as the authors’ Long Ball: The Legend and Lore of the Home RunSwish: The Quest for Basketball’s Perfect Shot (2009), and Touchdown: The Power and Precision of Football’s Perfect Play (2009), this well-written book explores the nuances of scoring in the world’s most popular sport. . . A strong choice to dovetail with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but with plenty of staying power well beyond that.”