Wolfpack (Young Readers Edition)

Macmillan Audio. 2020. 129p. $20.99. ISBN 9781250778635.
Gr 5-8–Wambach is a two-time member of the Olympic Women’s Soccer Team, and a true leader for not only her teammates but for young girls around the world. She is a FIFA World Cup champion and has the highest all-time international goal-scoring record for male and female soccer players. Adapted from her adult book, which was inspired by her commencement speech at Barnard College, in this edition she offers her message to younger girls. She believes the rules of engagement for girls have changed. Wambach starts each chapter with the old rule, and the new rule followed by an illustration. For example, she starts in chapter one with “Old Rule: Stay on the path. New Rule: Create your own path.” She ends each with a call to the “wolfpack,” helping them find a way to lead. Read by the athlete herself, the book’s message rings true with a serious and matter-of-fact approach. She reads with assurance and her good experience is one to share. It is as if Wambach is standing in front of the listener and speaking. Even though each example is from her experience as a soccer player and deals with team-building, perseverance, and good sportsmanship, listeners of all ages will benefit from her advice in many situations. Wambach is also an activist for gay rights, making this audiobook a good choice for an even broader audience.
VERDICT Listeners of all ages will find ways to apply Wambach’s advice whether they play sports or not.

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