Heart pounding so loud, hard and fast drowning out all other sounds that Albert can still hear it over the cheers from the fan filled crowd of unfamiliar faces- not family and friends. He turns to the cheering crowd and sees Zeenods, Jhaateez, Fetr, Manam, Liöt, Z-Tevs, and Tevs and reminds himself that he is playing soccer on another planet, an alien planet!
Abducted on his way home from soccer tryouts, Albert comes face to face with members of the Zeenod Johka team. Learning that these aliens want him to be their star striker after being cut from his school’s team, Albert is elated to be able to play soccer, or something like soccer after all. But wait! He can not tell anyone, not even his family. An amazing opportunity to travel, to learn about new worlds and a solar system beyond what even his teachers have taught him AND to be able to play a star position even when his own school soccer team cuts him puts Albert’s world into a dilemma that only his neighbor’s dog, Tackle can help him maneuver.
Albert Kinney is a 13-year-old who loves soccer and has spent his earlier years playing on the same soccer team with his friend and next-door neighbor Trey. At the end of the summer his only goal is to get a spot on the 7th grade soccer team along with Trey. But the two of them had differences, which made them friends and not best friends, and by tryouts those differences had multiplied.
Albert wants nothing more than to play soccer and knew the importance of making it onto the 7th grade soccer team. When he does not make the team after the last day of tryouts, he does not tell his family. Instead he tells his mother, paternal grandmother and 3 gold medalist gymnast younger sister, he quit and wanted to try something new, the clarinet. Shocked and surprised, his mother and grandmother are supportive, but his relationship with his younger and more successful athletic sister becomes a thorn in his side.
What Albert does not share with his family or classmates or Trey is that he has been chosen to play for an intergalactic soccer team. The Zeenods abduct Albert the same day he does not make the school’s soccer team. The Zeenods tell Albert that he will be their star striker in a johka tournament which is much like the soccer he plays on Earth. Confused and excited to be able to play soccer on a team, Albert accepts the opportunity. Little does he know that by accepting the johka star striker position he has created battlegrounds at home, at school, and in the Füigor Solar System.
With danger lurking around every corner, Albert does not know who or what to trust. Help from his new teammates, the Zeenods, the neighbor’s dog, Tackle and a robot, Albert maneuvers his way traveling through space, learning about high tech soccer and ominous messages!
This series is off to a great start with some questions answered and new developed cliff hangers. Star Striker: Game On! by Mary Amato is filled with advanced technology and cunning humor. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series!