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The Breakaways de Cathy G. Johnson
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The Breakaways (edição: 2019)

de Cathy G. Johnson (Autor)

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Faith, an introverted fifth grader with a vivid imagination, starts middle school worrying about how she will fit in. To her surprise, Amanda, a popular eighth grader, convinces her to join the school soccer team, the Bloodhounds. Having never played soccer in her life, Faith ends up on the C team, a ragtag group with a tendency for drama over teamwork. Despite their losing streak, Faith and her fellow teammates form strong bonds both on and off the soccer field, which challenge their notions of loyalty, identity, friendship, and unity.The Breakaways is a positive exploration of the complexity of female friendships, as well as the ups and downs of middle school life. Cathy G. Johnson brings this diverse and spirited group of girls to life with her joyful art style and honest, thoughtful writing.… (mais)
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A bit disjointed, but a cute story. ( )
  Shofbrook | Nov 6, 2020 |
Faith is excited to try something new by joining the soccer team. She ends up as one of the youngest players on the "C" team full of girls who aren't great at the sport nor particularly interested in either.

This book was interesting and I appreciated what it was trying to do, but I think it didn't quite live up to its lofty goals. Let's start with the positives:
- Lots of diversity in all kinds of ways. The girls all have different hobbies, goals, wishes, desires, etc. Some live with grandparents while others live with single dads. They represent a variety of races and ethnicities. One is trans, one is gay, and one is questioning or bisexual. Some are short, some are tall. Some are stereotypically "girly" while others eschew such a lifestyle. You get the idea.
- Faith uses her imagination to create a fantasy world that ends up serving as a metaphor to help her in the real world. This is a lovely illustration of how creativity can help a person out in a myriad of ways.
- The friendships that form and bond highlight how important it is to be a friend and to have a friend. The moral is definitely there and definitely nice.

On the downsides:
- There are SO many characters in such a short book. There simply wasn't the page length to give them all a fair shake and fully develop their characters. For instance, when the one character comes out as trans, it had been so long since we had seen said character that I had forgotten who they were. There has to be a more deft way to handle that storyline.
- The girls themselves are kind of awful at times. They are rude and nasty to each other. They call each other names, steal from each other, and choose crushes over friendship at times. (Granted, these are generally resolved with realizations and apologies, but I felt like they didn't need to be so terrible for us to get the point.) They also use a lot of language that is often common parlance but are also slurs for folks with mental illness or disability (e.g., "dur," "crazy," etc.). Again, these are often used by people without meaning ill harm, but I feel like we should aim for better in the literature we are presenting to young readers. And while the girls mainly refrain from teasing each other over big issues like sexuality or religion, some of the characters do really denigrate the girls who act more stereotypically "girly." It felt like a low blow, and I really hate to see women tear down other women.

The illustrations are not really my style, but they work fine for this story.

My overall assessment is that I didn't dislike this book per se, but I'm not sure I would recommend this title to the intended audience of middle schoolers because there was just too much that was questionable in terms of bad behaviors, especially in the beginning part of the book. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Oct 12, 2020 |
Cute! ( )
  EmelieBurl | Mar 27, 2020 |
Too many characters, none of whom really like being on a soccer team together, each get too few pages to have much of a character arc, especially with way too many pages wasted on a completely pointless recurring fantasy sequence. Nice diversity at least. ( )
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You need to sign up, Faith! If we don't get one more person signed up, there won't be a girls' soccer team this year.
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We can’t? Isn’t this what being a team is all about? Sticking together? None of us likes soccer. Who cares if the team wins? I don’t care. I just want you guys to be my friends.
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Faith, an introverted fifth grader with a vivid imagination, starts middle school worrying about how she will fit in. To her surprise, Amanda, a popular eighth grader, convinces her to join the school soccer team, the Bloodhounds. Having never played soccer in her life, Faith ends up on the C team, a ragtag group with a tendency for drama over teamwork. Despite their losing streak, Faith and her fellow teammates form strong bonds both on and off the soccer field, which challenge their notions of loyalty, identity, friendship, and unity.The Breakaways is a positive exploration of the complexity of female friendships, as well as the ups and downs of middle school life. Cathy G. Johnson brings this diverse and spirited group of girls to life with her joyful art style and honest, thoughtful writing.

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