The Beautiful Game: Sixteen Girls and the Soccer Season That Changed Everything

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Turtleback Books, Sep 1, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction
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More than seven million girls now play soccer in America, Mia Hamm has become a role model for young girls striving to be the best, and Sports Illustrated chose the U.S. Women's World Cup Soccer Team as their "Athlete of the Year" 1999. In The Beautiful Game, author Jonathan Littman tells the amazing story of Santa Rosa, California's Thunder, a former rag-tag team of girls who -- through the discipline and determination of their coach -- went on to become champions in soccer and in life. Packed with moving insights into the psychology of adolescent girls, The Beautiful Game dramatically shows us -- through the prism of one remarkable team -- how soccer can affect the hearts and minds of young women.

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Littman, an investigative journalist who has written two books on computer hackers, takes his title here from Brazilian soccer great Pele, who described soccer as "That beautiful game I love so well ... Read full review

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Jonathan Littman is the author of three previous books, including The Fugitive Game and The Watchman, and his articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Forbes, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. A former college soccer player (on Berkeley's nationally ranked NCAA playoff sqaud), he is the father of two young daughters. He lives in the Bay Area.

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