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Kick (2011)

Author: Myers, Walter Dean and Workman, Ross [link to author's website]
Publisher: HarperTeen/HarperCollins
Number of pages: 224 pages

"For the very first time in his decades-long career writing for teens, acclaimed and beloved author Walter Dean Myers writes with a teen, Ross Workman. Kevin Johnson is thirteen years old. And heading for juvie. He's a good kid, a great friend, and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey, soccer team. His team is competing for the State Cup, and he wants to prove he has more than just star-player potential. Kevin's never been in any serious trouble . . . until the night he ends up in jail. Enter Sergeant Brown, a cop assigned to be Kevin's mentor. If Kevin and Brown can learn to trust each other, they might be able to turn things around before it's too late. "

ISBN 13: 978-0062004918
Reading Level (grade): 4.7