NONFICTION

Wolfpack

Roaring Brook. Oct. 2020. 112p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781250766861.
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Gr 5 Up–Inspired by a commencement address she gave at Barnard College, this adaptation of Wambach’s adult title is a series of inspirational vignettes built around the idea of empowering young people to “find their voice, unite their pack, and change the world.” Each of the book’s eight chapters begins with an old rule versus a new rule breakdown. For example, the first chapter’s old rule is “stay on the path,” but the new rule is “create your own path.” The text addresses the distinctions between each old rule and the corresponding new rule. The brief, conversational essays draw from Wambach’s own experiences, not only as an elite athlete and cocaptain of the U.S. National Soccer team that won the Women’s World Cup in 2015 but also as a daughter, sibling, spouse, stepparent, and friend. Many of the lessons center on leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, and perseverance. However, values such as tolerance, vulnerability, creativity, and gratitude are also promoted. Each chapter concludes with a recap of the preceding essay’s key points in a few lines of prose. Wambach provides a message that young people can and will relate to and embrace. She delivers that message with great effect in this powerful, little book.
VERDICT Recommended for middle school and high school library collections. This will appeal to sports enthusiasts as well as those who can’t tell a basketball from a soccer ball but love an encouraging word.

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