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What a Kick: How a Clutch World Cup Win Propelled Women's Soccer
What a Kick: How a Clutch World Cup Win Propelled Women's Soccer
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What a Kick: How a Clutch World Cup Win Propelled Women's Soccer

It was the biggest event in the history of women's sports. And for the Americans, it came down to five kicks. After regulation play and two overtimes in the final game of the 1999 women's World Cup soccer match, the score was 0-0. Penalty kicks would decide the world champion. The Chinese and the Americans would each pick five players. One kick per player. With the score tied 4-4, the Americans had one more chance to win it all. Brandi Chastain was up. If she made her kick, the Americans would win the World Cup. Success! After her winning goal, Chastain dropped to the turf, whipped off her jersey, and screamed with joy. The photo of the triumphant female athlete would circle the globe. Twenty-seven years after Title IX, the world now knew that women's sports had arrived. The victory was more than the end of a soccer game. It was the end of a crusade to prove that women's sports should be taken as seriously as men's. What a win!

Reading LevelGrades 5-7
Interest LevelGrades 5-9
Lexile Level950L
ATOS Level6.5
AR Points1
AR Quiz #179391
Text TypeInformational Text
Text SubtypeCause & Effect
PublisherCompass Point Books
Page Dimensions9 1/4" x 10 1/4"
Page Count64
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $37.32 School/Library Price

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Booklist - Julia Smith

"Top 10 Series Nonfiction.  Taking the well-regarded Captured History series in a new direction, this handsome series focuses on iconic photographs in athletics, showcasing one picture per volume and explaining its backstory and the circumstances surrounding the moment it was taken." - Booklist

April 1, 2017

Booklist - Carolyn Phelan

"STARRED REVIEW! Taking the well-regarded Captured History series in a new direction, these handsome volumes from the new Captured Sports History series focus on iconic photographs in athletics. Illustrated with excellent color photos, each book showcases one picture by explaining its backstory as well as what is happening in the moment it was taken. In addition, it introduces the photographer and discusses why that particular image resonates with many viewers. . . .Clearly written and informative, this riveting series is ideal for fans of sports, history, and photography." - Booklist

May 1, 2016

School Library Journal - Mary Mueller, Rolla Public Schools (MO)

"Capstone expands the “Captured” series into sports, with its usual combination of information about an iconic photograph and the photographer and circumstances in which it was taken. Each title emphasizes how the topic pivotal sports moment symbolized a major change in sports and the world at large. . . .This series is certain to entice sports fans to read about history. This is a worthy addition to get students thinking critically about the impact and reach of primary source materials like photographs." - School Library Journal

April 1, 2016

Emma Carlson-Berne

Emma Carlson-Berne

Emma Carlson Berne has written more than a dozen books for children and young adults, including teen romance novels, biographies, and history books. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, Aaron, her son, Henry, and her dog, Holly.

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