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The Ultimate Goal (Good Sports League #1) (The Good Sports League) (Hardcover)

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By Tommy Greenwald, Lesley Vamos (Illustrator)

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Moving up to a better, more serious, soccer team sounds like a dream come true, but Ben soon realizes what he really enjoys about playing. Is there a way to have both? It will take a leader, and Ben is just what’s needed. A feel-good story with heart.

— Jamie


A funny, heavily illustrated new chapter book series about sports and sportsmanship by Tommy Greenwald, the acclaimed author of Game Changer, and award-winning artist Lesley Vamos
Ben Cutler loves everything about soccer! He’s got a great team, and they have the best pre-game chants and half-time jokes. He and his best friend, Jay-Jay, even invent dances for when they score a goal! And Ben is good at soccer. Like REALLY good. Too good for a casual rec team.
Soon, he’s recruited for a travel team. His new team plays amazingly well, but they take soccer super seriously. No pre-game chants, no juice-box breaks, and the most important rule of all: NO DANCING. Even though his new team is winning all the time, Ben is left to wonder: Is winning all that matters in the end?

About the Author

Tommy Greenwald is the author of Game Changer, Rivals, and Dinged. Game Changer is on 19 state lists, was a YALSA Top Ten pick, and a Junior Library Guild Premier selection. Rivals was a Junior Library Guild selection, and a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Greenwald is the author of the Crimebiters! and Charlie Joe Jackson series, among many other books for children. Day jobwise, he is the cofounder of Spotco Advertising, a theatrical and entertainment advertising agency in New York City, and the lyricist and co-bookwriter (with Andrew Lippa) of John & Jen, an off-Broadway musical that has been produced around the country and internationally.

Lesley Vamos earned a bachelor of digital media with high distinction from the University of New South Wales Art and Design, along with an honorary award in hand-drawn animation despite continuing to hold her pencil incorrectly. Vamos has been running her illustration and design business for more than a decade and is passionate about telling stories that put good into the world. She lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner, two children, and a small floofer named Penny.

Praise For…

Freddy states the moral up front—sports should be enjoyable—and this fast-paced, heartfelt story bears out the message. Good-hearted sporty fun. 
— Kirkus

Product Details
ISBN: 9781419763656
ISBN-10: 1419763652
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: April 11th, 2023
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: The Good Sports League