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Publisher's Note:

It's the start of a new soccer season, and Lacy Sheridan is anxious. She spent the winter recovering from a knee injury that still gives her nightmares. But Lacy is trying not to let fear get the best of her. She needs to bring her A-game if she wants to impress soccer recruiters. Raven McAlister is a tough-as-nails player who plays the same position as Lacy...and she's going after Lacy's start…

Blow Out

by M.G. Higgins

Overall Book Review:

Blow Out is a fast-paced, exciting adventure for reluctant readers who love soccer. I didn’t understand a lot of the plays that were discussed in the story, but I definitely got the passion these girls have for the game, and it was contagious!

Lacy is a great role model–she’s a good sport, she’s kind, she’s loyal, and she’s talented. She also has to face real-life fears, pain, anxieties, and bullying–and she comes through it all with flying colors. On top of that, she has to deal with the stigma of being a female athlete in a social circle that traditionally expects young ladies to go off to college and find husbands and settle down. A great message, treated with dignity and grace. 

I really enjoyed Blow Out and was even more excited to share it with my soccer playing students. They are eating it up! Kudos to M.G. Higgins who hasn’t sacrificed quality to write for youth who would rather be out on the field than reading.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Lerner Publishing Group

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  A character recalls a serious sports injury; a character trips another character.

Sex/Nudity:  Two characters flirt, whisper, and touch (arms and hands); two characters hold hands.

Mature Subject Matter:

Homosexuality, bullying, parental neglect.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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About the Reviewer

I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. My mother would often find me curled up in a corner, avoiding chores with a book–or two. When I was growing up, there wasn’t a large selection of YA books. I had children’s books and adult literature to choose from. I’ve come to love YA fiction as an adult and read almost nothing else when I read for pleasure–any genre will do.