By Gordon Korman

Roommates Bruno and Boots locate stumbling blocks of their method as they try and lead the Macdonald corridor Zucchini Warriors to a successful soccer season and earn the present of a brand new sport middle.

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Now is your likelihood to teach what sort of guy you're! " *** Kevin Klapper stepped out of the Macdonald corridor spare cottage into the brisk September air. He had no longer felt this refreshed and uplifted in years. no longer 5 mins prior, he had comprehensive his document, condemning Macdonald corridor for football-mania. He held the 11 typewritten sheets in his arms, skimming right here and there. Oh, convinced, they'd think the surprise waves of this file contained in the ivy-covered partitions of Macdonald corridor. He started to stroll, the cool air invigorating him the entire extra. This was once it! With this document he used to be placing his soccer obsession to leisure ceaselessly. He used to be unfastened. a far off sound reached him, and he paused. It used to be hundreds and hundreds, perhaps millions, of voices, cheering, rooting, and screaming jointly in a single uninterrupted roar. It was once coming from the soccer stadium, in fact. this day used to be the 1st scheduled online game for the Macdonald corridor Warriors. He checked out his record and shook his head unfortunately. nonetheless, it would not damage to take a look at the crew that was once placing an everlasting blot at the spotless list of Macdonald corridor. His document below his arm, he headed around the campus to the north garden. He walked into the stadium, and peered downfield seriously. Macdonald corridor, trailing by way of 5 issues, had the ball at their very own 8-yard line. It used to be 3rd down, with simply fifty-seven seconds left to play. Klapper's first concept used to be that this didn't curiosity him within the slightest, yet a moment inspiration happened to him: they're going to by no means make it. He watched because the ball was once snapped, and the total Voles' vast entrance line charged in at Cathy. abruptly Bruno and Boots threw themselves into the trail of the thundering Voles. They took particularly a beating, yet gave Cathy sufficient time to accomplish a go to Larry Wilson, who ran out of bounds on the Warriors' 39-yard line to forestall the clock. Time last: 40 seconds. "What move security! " Klapper exclaimed, yet quick clamped a surrender his mouth. He did not care. So what if these boys have been displaying heroic guts and backbone? "I say, Klapper," referred to as Mr. Sturgeon from his seat within the bleachers. "I understood that you simply didn't approve of soccer. ' "Well — uh — I don't," Klapper stammered, "I'm simply — uh — vacationing the outdated enemy, and — Holy cow, what a handoff! Tricked the total safeguard! " "Yes," agreed Mr. Sturgeon in entertainment. "It's noticeable that you are in no probability of revealing enthusiasm right here. benefit from the video game — or no longer, in fact. " The clock was once ticking down because the Warriors organize for the following play on the Voles' 41-yard line. Seventeen, 16, fifteen… they are going to by no means have the time, proposal Klapper, focusing on the play whereas unconsciously crumpling up his document as his pleasure equipped. the group was once at fever pitch. If his soccer obsession wasn't all something of the earlier, he'd swear this was once extra intriguing than looking at the professionals. the guts! The self-sacrifice! the need! With ten seconds to move, the play begun. Klapper watched closely, and unexpectedly he was once staring correct at it — an open receiver with a transparent route to the aim line.

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