Soccer Trophy Mystery

                                                   Fred Bowen

Who’s ready for some soccer?  Yea, soccer not football for this adolescent novel of siblings, parents, and friends is a story that blends the past with the present.  ‘Soccer Trophy Mystery’ is the story of Aiden and Ava and their soccer friends and teammates.  There is one question they need answered “Why is there only one trophy for the boys and girls soccer teams?”  The case begins and answers are hard to come by for a few reasons.  The twins and their friend Daniel start to ask various kinds of questions throughout the neighborhood, and being Advanced English Literature students who raised questions that seemed most interesting and not everyone wanted to ponder the questions that could lead to answers not quite wanted or needed or so they thought.

Fred Bowen has written a middle school age novel that would be perfect for a Language Arts/Creative writing subject.  It shows the beginning stages of critical thinking skills and investigation skills and doing the necessary research to find the answers you are looking for to solve a problem or issue.  ‘Soccer Trophy Mystery’ is a fun mystery read that shows that working together even with its’ ups and downs is better than working alone even though there are times that alone is better.  Fred also had the twins be able to work with their parents and other adults as well as with their friends that shows cooperation between kids and adults and kids and kids.

Book Summary

Thirteen-year-old twins Aiden and Ava and their good friend Daniel, all avid soccer players, have just learned their county league soccer trophy mysteriously disappeared forty years ago from the town library. It was never recovered. So between games and practices for the town’s soccer championships, the three friends try to solve the case.

But will these amateur detectives be able to unravel the mystery and find someone who had both motive and opportunity to commit the crime? Will their teams make it all the way to the championships?

Award-winning author and Washington Post KidsPost sports columnist Fred Bowen returns with another installment in his Sports Story Series, this time tackling important topics like equal recognition for women in sports. At the end of the book, Bowen includes “The Real Story” behind the disappearance of the original World Cup trophy.

Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN:  978-1-68263-079-2
130 page

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