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 Kick it, Mo! (Penguin young readers. Level 2, Mo Jackson)
 Author: Adler, David A.

 Publisher:  Penguin Young Readers (2018)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: 31 p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 042967 ISBN: 9780425289815
 Ages: 6-7 Grades: 1-2

 Soccer -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Teamwork (Sports) -- Fiction

Price: $20.18

[Mo Jackson 4] Mo has been working hard on his kicking skills. Will Mo ever get the chance to show his team what he can do?

 Illustrator: Ricks, Sam
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.80
   Points: .5   Quiz: 197162

   Kirkus Reviews (08/15/18)
   School Library Journal (09/01/18)
   Booklist (09/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/01/2018 Mo has trouble keeping his soccer kicks low, so he practices at home. During the game, running up and down the field tires him out, so he’s relieved when a teammate’s kick looks like a game winner. Instead, the goalie stops the ball and throws it at Mo. Determined to end the game with a mighty kick, he almost misses the ball entirely. The goalie jumps to block a high shot, while the ball rolls slowly toward the net. Score! The digital illustrations feature multicultural casting, action, and excitement. Beginning readers first met Mo in the football-themed Don’t Throw It to Mo! (2015), winner of the 2016 Geisel Award. He took up baseball in Get a Hit, Mo! (2016) and basketball in Pass the Ball, Mo!? (2017). The youngest, smallest kid on each team, Mo works hard to learn and improve his skills. Who could begrudge this unlikely sports hero the good luck that comes his way in each book? Not a kid who’s working hard to master a similarly complex, difficult challenge: learning to read. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 09/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—In this soccer-themed installment, the sports-loving Mo Jackson is practicing his kicks. He kicks his desk; he kicks the bed; he kicks the pillow into the bookshelf in the hall, knocking books off the shelf, much to his mother's chagrin. Mo's parents take him outside to help him practice, but Mo's enthusiastic kicks are all too high. When he gets to the soccer game against the Pups, Mo's smaller stature means he gets tired chasing the ball more quickly than his teammates. But when the Pups' goalie throws the soccer ball back toward Mo, he gives a mighty kick, mostly missing the ball, but keeping it on the ground and making the winning goal. There is plenty of action in this friendly sports-themed easy reader. A large font and lots of word repetition combined with cheerful and expressive depictions of the characters, particularly Moe and his diverse team, make for a very accessible reader. VERDICT Another winning title in the popular series.—Jessica Marie, Salem Public Library, OR - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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