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Caught Offside


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Andrea Montalbano is a writer, advocate, coach, and soccer player. She grew up playing soccer in Miami and took that love to Harvard, where she was a cocaptain and a Hall of Famer. She then attended Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, kicking off a long career at NBC News as a writer, producer, and supervising producer for the Today show. Andrea left broadcast journalism to write books and authored Breakaway in 2010. Determined to create a series for girls, she spent the next few years writing the Soccer Sisters novels. Off the field, Andrea is an activist for using sports for social change, and has represented the U.S. government abroad to teach the importance of sports for girls. She is a founder of the Girls of Armenia Leadership Soccer charity and is also on several boards for Coaches Across Continents, a global leader in education through sports. She has enjoyed coaching her own two children on local club teams and lives with them and her husband, Diron Jebejian, outside New York City.


"Solid sports fare for soccer aficionados with a look at how race and class affect kids' friendships." - Kirkus Reviews
"This fast-paced, action-packed story features well-rounded characters from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, interesting family dynamics, and enduring friendships, despite spats and jealousy. Montalbano, who founded the Soccer Sisters organization and captained the Harvard women's soccer team, knows the sport and brings her expertise to the page.
" - Booklist
"Montalbano's second series entry maintains the empowering tone of the first book while introducing more complex themes of social justice. The story remains full of soccer action sequences that are skillfully written to engage readers. The book is rounded out by a lengthy soccer term dictionary to bring unfamiliar readers up to speed...the engaging characters will appeal to a broad segment of middle grade readers. A recommended purchase for discussing racial stereotypes and microaggressions in a sensitive manner for younger readers. A winning combination of sports, self-respect, and friendship." - School Library Journal

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