The Goalie

Author(s): Susan Shreve
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (2.48 hours)
Product Number: Z00436
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449875237
Narrator/s: Alyssa Bresnahan
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Sixth-grader Julie MacNeil likes things at her house just the way they are. She takes care of her widowed father and her little sister. She shops, cleans, and cooks fine meals like baked potatoes, cold cereal, and chocolate ice cream for them. Julie's only wish is to be goalie of her school's soccer team. Her competition for goalie is Benji True-and he's good. But when Julie learns that her father has fallen in love with Benji's mother, suddenly Benji is her competition off the soccer field, too. How can she keep life at home from changing? Susan Shreve has written many award-winning books for young readers. She has won a Booklist Editor's Choice award and is a lead writer for the Knopf and Scholastic publishing houses. In The Goalie, Julie's fierce devotion to her father and to her role of caretaker is portrayed sensitively and poignantly. Narrator Alyssa Bresnahan's soft, expressive voice perfectly captures the spirit of this determined young girl.

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Teacher's Guide
Author(s): Susan Shreve
Product Number 43144
Released: Jan 31, 2001
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ISBN: #9780788756467

Professional reviews

"At 3, Julie MacNeil survived the car crash that killed her mother. Now a sixth-grader, Julie struggles to make sense of her father falling for the mother of the boy who has displaced her as star soccer goalie. Alyssa Bresnahan's reading of Julie's pain is gentle and compassionate. With her characteristic measured pacing Bresnahan allows Julie's confusion to unfold as the impossible struggle to be "everything" in the MacNeil family tangles Julie in an unyielding web. She expresses Julie's intermittent bursts of anger with wildfire fierceness and plays them against the soothing tones of Julie's father and Aunt Melinda. Julie's determination and strength of spirit will recall Bresnahan's splendid reading of THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS and will appeal to the same audience. T.B. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine"