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Booklist, October 15, 2005

On Freddy Adu

Born in Ghana, probably in 1989, Freddy Adu and his family moved to Maryland in 1997. By 2004, he had graduated from high school, become a U.S. citizen, played in the under-17 World Cup Championships, joined D.C. United as the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer, and landed a Nike contract for "about 1 million." With short, direct sentences and plenty of color photographs, the book offers a brief positive, and attractive introduction to Adu, ending with a chronology, a glossary, short lists of recommended articles and Web sites, and a list of "Works Consulted" (newspaper and magazine articles). With its excellent action photos and simple vocabulary, this volume from the Robbie Reader series will appeal to many middle-school soccer fans as well as those in the target grade range.

School Library Journal, October 2005

On Brandi Chastain, David Beckham, Freddy Adu and Landon Donovan

These biographies cover the childhoods and early fame of these young soccer stars. All have a large, bold font and mostly short declarative sentences and contain a multitude of colorful action photographs.