Goalkeeper in Charge

by Matt Christopher

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | December 19, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Goalkeeper in Charge is rated 4.0135 out of 5 by 74.
Tina Esparza loves soccer, especially that it's a team sport where no one player is in the spotlight. Imagine her surprise when the coach asks her to train as the team's goalkeeper. Will Tina be able to overcome her shyness and accept a position that puts her in the center of attention?

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Published: December 19, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Language: English

ISBN: 9990006434255

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Real tough to get through. A good story about a woman who has to redefine herself as something beyond a wife and mother when her husband leaves her for another woman. It took me a while to get through, as the story was quite thick and not one to be easily rushed through. It's a beautiful coming of age/personal self discovery story of two women, one who was abandoned by her husband, the other reeling from the death of her son, both needing to move one but neither knowing quite how to do it until they randomly contact each other and agree to trade lives for a few months. I like how they were so able to trust each other after being so hurt, and the transformations they make in each others lives despite never really meeting in person.
Date published: 2011-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Phenomenal This was the first Maeve Binchy book I had ever read. I knew I was going to be hooked on her when I was only one-quarter of the way through and was disappointed that the story was going to end at some point. Tara Road is heart-warming, intriguing and a deep look at the lives of two very different women who come from very different backgrounds. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2008-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Breathtaking! This is the first time I have read a Binchy novel, and I absolutely LOVED it! I thought that the plot was so realistic, and not fanciful like most. The characters were real and were portrayed as such. I couldn't put the book down and was very disappointed that it couldn't continue on when I reached the end. I would highly recommend this book to true readers at heart.
Date published: 2007-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting This book takes a different tack than some of the others written by Binchy but the effect is incredible. Two women from different sides of the Atlantic trade houses for a summer and the things they learn about each other and ultimately themselves is really amazing. No wonder this was an Oprah book club selection, this book gets your mind working.
Date published: 2006-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genius! It doesn't really matter what Maeve Binchy writes about, it's always fantastic. She holds your attention from start to finish with no smut, violence or filthy language. Her characters come to life in your head and it's hard to let them go.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Crap Road A horribly boring tale about a wife who loves to whine about her problems rather than get on with it. Go on for about 800 pages ad nauseum.
Date published: 2006-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME This is one of my favourite all time books! I had never read a Maeve Binchy book before this one and was blown away. I could hardly put this down. It was a great summer read. I can't wait to read another Binchy book.
Date published: 2005-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put Down!!! From the moment I opened this book I couldn't put it down. The solidarity of family and friends was unforgettable as well as the real life crisis' which presented itself throughout the novel. I have read this novel so many times that it has paid for itself. I would definately recommened this book to anyone!!
Date published: 2005-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read I thought the beginning of this book was a bit slow, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. There were a lot of characters, which I loved, and I did'nt get confused, or mixed up at all. This is my first Maeve Binchy book and I cannot wait to read others. I hated for this book to end. I can't say enough good about it.
Date published: 2003-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Enjoyable This was my first novel by Maeve Binchy. I've always heard good things about her writing and thought I'd read this one. I enjoyed it very much... easy to read and I finished it very quickly. I would definately recommend it.
Date published: 2003-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tara Road Tara Road was so hard to put down! A wonderful, enlightening book to read with so many characters who made me laugh, cry and cringe at the same time. Is there a sequel coming soon?
Date published: 2003-01-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BOORRRINGGGG Dull, wishy washy, one dimensional characters...Can you give it LESS than 1 star? I bought this book because I was travelling to Ireland a month later, and hoped it might give me something to work with.
Date published: 2001-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Such a great book. It was the first of Maeve Binchy books that I read. I have since gone out and bought two more. I would definitely recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2001-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Read! Tara Road was a beautifully written book with a very engaging story. From the moment I started it, I was engrossed and had difficulty putting it down. Maeve Binchy's writing style draws the reader into the lives of the character's, so that you feel a part of their lives. A wondeful, light read!
Date published: 2000-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful! The characters of this book are so vividly portrayed and immediately you are drawn into their lives and situations. Binchey has a way of making you feel at home with her characters. This was a most enjoyable book. A mix of heartwarming friendships, humor and trying circumstances. This is a book you will remember for a long time.
Date published: 2000-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAAAT This book was Great and me my mom and my nana loved it........
Date published: 2000-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Journey of the Soul I just put Binchy's spellbinding tale down only seconds ago, although it was exceptionally hard to do so, as I hated for it to end. As I got closer to the finale I made sure that I embraced every word, so as not to miss a thing. Binchy masterfully entwined each character into place to make for an intricate and interesting chain of events. You are at once captivated by the rythmic prose that introduces you to a shy and demure Ria Lynch, and holds you there until a sombre Marilyn Vine enters the picture. The way that she guides each character along, connecting their lives, to come to their own soulful purpose in life was both inspiring and uplifting, leaving her readers with a feeling of warmth and of great things to come. This is an exceptional story of the pain and suffering that one can endure along the road to self discovery and in the search for a life of fulfillment. Tara Road is truly a journey of the soul, both for Binchy's charaters and for her readers.
Date published: 2000-08-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Doldrum 'Burbs Tara Road is the bland, repetitive and numbing story of Ria Lynch,house wife in the burbs of Dublin. If this weren't hum drum enough, she has two children, a cat, and a husband who cheats on her. She is surrounded with friends which are equally stereotypical and she drifts through life in the kitchen of her Victorian home. Despite new plots and twists half-way through the novel, Binchy is incapable of nurturing any sense of mystery or adventure. Her characters are so straightforward, one immediately guesses the outcomes. Honestly, I find it difficult to believe that Binchy received a Lifetime Achievement Award if this novel is any indication of her work. You might enjoy this book. It will however require that you switch off your mind as you might while watching a vaguely amusing sitcom. You'll have a notion of being entertained, but I can almost guarantee that you'll come out of it concluding that you've just wasted your time.
Date published: 2000-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from another excellent Maeve Binchy book Maeve Binchy has done it again with an excellent story that pulls you into the lives of the characters and leaves you wishing the book will never end. Once you start to read, you will be unable to put it down as you speed through the pages experiencing the emotional rollercoasters of the characters as though it was happening in your own life. The characters are so clearly described you can see them. You will not be disappointed and this book will have you thinking about the characters for a long time.
Date published: 2000-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book!! I really enjoyed reading this book. Great characters, story, relationships, everything. I would definately recommend it!
Date published: 2000-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read - sorry it's over I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. I wish I could continue reading about the lives of those on Tara Road. This is a nice light read that you will remember.
Date published: 2000-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2 Thumbs Up! Lighthearted, easy read. Truly Enjoyable. Could not put it down. Sorry to see it end. Colourful characters, funny, sad and surprising. Maeve Binchy made me feel as though I actually lived on Tara Road. Its been awhile since I've been so entertained by a book which lets me float away into other people's lives. Great summer read.
Date published: 2000-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a WASTE of $9.99+ tax I was surprised at how repetitive and weak the story was. I have enjoyed Maeve Binchy's other books. I couldn't for the life of me read past chapter three. I am also surprised at the reaction this book has brought about, I suppose that could also mean success.
Date published: 2000-06-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from One big yawn.... Quite simply I found this book very slow and extremely boring, I gave up half way thru' something I very seldom do.
Date published: 2000-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tara Road I read it in two days. A terrific book!!!
Date published: 2000-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Novel As a teenager I thought this book was great. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. After I read "Tara Road" I was so amazed by it I wanted to read another book by Maeve Binchy. I am now reading Circle of Friends, by Binchy also a great novel.
Date published: 2000-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I loved the book and would highly recommend it!
Date published: 2000-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Excellent" I loved this book! The author was able to take me to a place I had long wanted to visit, Ireland. The story ws well written and riviting. Readers are able to follow the lives of several individuals and learn how these lives intertwine with others dispite distance, social backgrounds or even age. Readers also learn how our actions and lives can have a great deal of effect on those whom we have contact with. It is indeed a book that makes one think. I have since read other books by this author and passed Tara Road around to my sisters. Well done Maeve Binchy!!!
Date published: 2000-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps you wanting more I enjoyed this book, it was my first Maeve Binchy book, I just finished my third one and am on the way to get another. Love her writing and her characters.
Date published: 2000-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tara Road Right from the moment I picked up the book and started to read the first chapter did this captivate me. One of the characters in this book Rosemary basically told me this is what every one sees in me. I never found a book that I have read that showed me as the character. It was like the author knew me. I was amazed. I truley loved the book.
Date published: 2000-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tara Road I absolutely loved this book as much as Circle of Friends. The characters were so convincingly real. The story was heart breaking and warming. I couldn't put this book down and was so completely involved in the lives of these characters I hated to see the book end.
Date published: 2000-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tara Road I haven't completed the book yet - only half way through, and I can't help feeling that Ms. Binchy did not write this book. The writing style is so unlike her other books. It may be too early for honest judgement, but I hope I won't be too disappointed when the book is finished.
Date published: 2000-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from light reading If you're looking to waste a lil' bit of time, this is it. The plot is interesting but the characters are somewhat superficial, Ria especially is so unnaturally 'naive'. The beginning of the book was such a drag. A book read and quickly forgotten.
Date published: 2000-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I have read every one of Binchy's previous novels and short stories and was disappointed by Tara Road. Characters were annoying and story seemed to grind to a halt. Not even close to the beautiful "Light A Penny Candle" - now that's a good book!
Date published: 2000-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A decent, light read Tara Road kept my interest because of the characters' evolution. It was a light read and enjoyable, but certainly not earthshatteringly great.
Date published: 2000-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tara Road WHAT A WASTE OF TIME! This book could have been summarized into 100 pages, tops! The story is agonizingly repetitive, and dotes on victimization. Ria was a weak character who really never develops a true sense of identity, making me feel like I wasted my time leafing through the 600+ pages. I have heard that some of Binchy's earlier novels are more interesting, complex to read, but I have no desire to read them because of this drivel. It's a cookie cutter novel, and would have been more interesting as a Harlequin Romance, where at least you know that you're getting drivel. Don't read it, unless you have a lot of time on your hands, and don't mind wasting a heck of a lot of time on garbage.
Date published: 1999-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tara Road Absolutely adored this book..read every one of her other books..i wait anxiously for her next book..love her writing style..enjoy meeting her next group of small town people and finding out how they came about..
Date published: 1999-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from must read a wonderfully written story...
Date published: 1999-12-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ick! Having just finished 2 of Oprah's books "The Reader" and "Mother of Pearl" I was hoping for another great read. Disappointed! Poorly developed characters, (At the end of the book I still needed to go back and check out who some of these people were) the plot line was as tired as 2nd time tea. I must believe one of Oprah's staff picked this one.
Date published: 1999-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tara Road This was the best book I have read in a long time. I felt like I was sitting in a friends living room. This was the first Binchy book I have read but it won't be the last. Very easy to read, I was sorry when I was finished
Date published: 1999-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tara Road This book made me crave Dublin. I was there in the summer and it brought back memories. her characters were so life like I feel as if I am suffering a withdrawl from them. I am sorry the book is finished now and I look forward to reading her next one
Date published: 1999-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great read This was a very enjoyable book. I enjoy Binchy's style of writing and felt as if the characters were my neighbors and I had known them for years. I have prevously read "Echoes" and "Circle of Friends". I recommend both of these Maeve Binchy titles if you enjoyed "Tara Road"
Date published: 1999-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tara Road Tara Road is one of those rare books that your actually a little sad when you finish it, because you know you will miss visiting the characters who have become good friends. A quick read I highly recommend!
Date published: 1999-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from tara road this was a very good book. could not put down. i will be looking for other books from same author.
Date published: 1999-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tara Road Meave Binchy has a way of making you feel like her characters live down the street. Tara Road was real and funny and I couldn't put it down. I've read three times and I still get a kick out of it.
Date published: 1999-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read I enjoyed reading Tara Road but I enjoyed Circle of Friends and Light a Penny Candle. The only thing I disliked about the book was the ending. I found it too abrupt! Perhaps it was because it was a long read in the first place and I wasn't expecting it to end quickly. I enjoyed all the characters even down to the husband, Danny and the authour did a great job developing each one.
Date published: 1999-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read I enjoyed reading Tara Road but I enjoyed Circle of Friends and Light a Penny Candle. The only thing I disliked about the book was the ending. I found it too abrupt! Perhaps it was because it was a long read in the first place and I wasn't expecting it to end quickly. I enjoyed all the characters even down to the husband, Danny. I have only read a few of Binchy's book
Date published: 1999-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tara Road While I appreciate Oprah's book reviews, I found this to be difficult reading. THere were too many characters being introduced and it took a while to get to the point of the book
Date published: 1999-11-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from You can skip this one I read this one last year and it's not one of Binchy's best. Honestly, I just wanted to shake Ria and tell her to get a grip. Not very compassionate perhaps but she was truly annoying!
Date published: 1999-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tara Road I just finished reading this book. It is the best book Maeve Binchey has written. I have read most of her books and truly enjoy her style of writing. It is not like reading a book, it's more like sitting in Ria's kitchen and being told a story. The characters were so vivid, I almost cried when Danny walked out on Ria. You also just want to kill Rosemary when Marilyn finds out what a great friend she was to Ria. I hope Maeve keeps this up because she just seems to get better with each new book. I'm happy Oprah finally discovered her books. What a treasure trove of super stories. Nothing really exciting ever happens to her characters, but you can't wait to see what comes next.
Date published: 1999-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tara Road Every Binchy book adorns my shelves at home. I have read every one and loved every one. Binchy and winter, for me, go hand in hand, as her books lift me, absorb me, and leave my heart light - perfect snowy, dreary day reads. Easy, effortless, yet enjoyable.
Date published: 1999-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wanting More I found the beginning of this book slow as Binchy took her time developing the characters. It was worth pulling through, however, because by the end of the middle of the novel I was so ingrossed by the characters that it was almost as if I knew them myself. By the time i got to the end, I wished there was more to read. Good pick Oprah!!
Date published: 1999-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it lst Maeve Binchy book I've read. Really loved it. I'm sure everyone knows someone like Ria, Danny, Rosemary & Gertie. I'm going to get the rest of her books now. Couldn't put it down from minute I started reading until I finished.
Date published: 1999-10-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a diaapointment! Again, what was Oprah thinking? This book was unnchallenging and trashy. It had no substance whatsoever. I do not recommend this book at all and would rather burn my copy than even bother GIVING it away in the worry that someone else may read it. It was horrible!
Date published: 1999-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You can feel good about this one Maeve's just incredible with stories. I just love the way her characters always make the most of what they have. I just wish Rhea would've found out about the nature of some of her "friends" sooner... I'm sure she would've known what to do with her newfound strength ! This story makes me want to go to Ireland to find out if my ancestors where anything like the people in this book. A must read !
Date published: 1999-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth The Read Interesting enough to take me through to the end but not riveting. Always in search of the book that plunges me into the midst of the characters and won't release me until the very final word. This book did not have that extraordinary quality but was an easy enough read worth at least the sale price.
Date published: 1999-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not one of her best. I have been a fan for years, and I've loved all of her books. I found myself disappointed in Tara Road, even though it was a very good book. In my opinion it was NOT equal to many of her past efforts. The Glass Lake, Light a Penny Candle, The Cooper Beech were all far more interesting and entertaining.
Date published: 1999-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Un-enjoyable Read I found it very hard to complete this novel. I found it very dreary to read and had a really hard time finsihing the book. I keep reading thinking at any time something exciting will happen, and then I would not be able to put the book down, but it just didn't happen in Tara Road for me. Even though I did complete it I found I could not get into the story and did not enjoy it as much as I hoped to when I bought the book. This was my first Maeve Binchy book, and I do plan on reading another of her books (A Circle of Friends) in the future. Hopefully I will enjoy it more then Tara Road.
Date published: 1999-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A glimpse of ordinary people... This was my first Maeve Binchy book(and my first Oprah pick)but it will not be my last. Her characterization is excellent and you really begin to either love or hate the different people. An easy read, it is quite entertaining.
Date published: 1999-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Characters Binchy has an incredible way of drawing you into her world and feeling like you really can't get enough of the characters. A good read - I didn't want to put it down.
Date published: 1999-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Woven with Magic This was my first Maeve Binchy book, but not my last. I loved the way she wove the characters together and the impacts each character had on the others. I was sorry to come to the end of the book. It was a wonderful read!
Date published: 1999-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tara road I started this book last weekend and found it a bit drawn out until Danny dropped the bomb on Ria, then I just couldn't put it down. Even after I finished the book I just wished that it would continue. You get to feel as if you are a bystander, I never experienced this before with a book.Makes me want to go out and get her other books.
Date published: 1999-09-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from tara road I simply could not get into this book. I persevered for maybe three chapters but found it so dreary!. Shame really as I have read a couple of Maeve Bincheys earlier book and quite enjoyed them. ( Circle of friends and Copper Beech)
Date published: 1999-09-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from slow, plodding, repetitive I bought this book with big expectations early this year...my daughter is currently living in Ireland, and I was travelling to visit her in 2 short months...so this book seemed like a good choice PLUS Oprah had recommended it TOO! Wrong! The characters were dull & one dimensional, the style flat & lifeless and could the author have written the address Tara Road ONE MORE TIME??????? Don't waste your hard earned money. Sorry, Oprah, but your recommendations are starting to make me wonder. I've wasted too many $$$ on your picks this year. No more.
Date published: 1999-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of her best!! I am a huge fan of Maeve Binchy. I have read almost everyone of her novels. Tara Road was one of her best. I had a hard time putting it down. I love how She can take people from Small town, Anywhere and make them so interesting and real to us, her readers!! One of the readers said it was her best since the glass lake, I have to agree!!!!
Date published: 1999-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maeve Binchy strikes again! Since reading Evening Class last year, I pick up every Binchy book I can find. She's a wonderful writer, spinning compelling tales, and transporting her readers to another time and place. Though not preachy, there is always a message, should one care to absorb it. Way to go, Maeve!
Date published: 1999-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tara Road I just started reading Tara Road last week. I love it. I had read Light a Penny Candle, years ago, and I am very glad that I have found Maeve Binchy again. Now I will read all her books and pass them on.
Date published: 1999-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hated it and Loved it At first I wondered what all the fuss was about. Just couldn't get into the book, hated the way it was written, wondered why Rhea was such a sap etc. But about a quarter of the way through the book something changed and I started to like it. Ended up one of those books you just don't want to put down, but you don't want to finish, the characters end up being people you would like to sit and visit with, people you want to know always.
Date published: 1999-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read I am a long-time fan of Maeve Binchy. Since Light a Penny Candle and Circle of Friends I have enjoyed being transported to Ireland and feeling as if I'm right there with the characters as I read along. While reading Tara Road I just wanted to sit down with Ria and have a cup of coffee and a scone fresh out of Ria's oven. Ms. Binchy draws you in with her masterful story telling and captivates from beginning to end!
Date published: 1999-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tara Road Maeve Binchy is an excellent writer, the character development in her books makes you feel like these people are those who you know in your own home town, I recommend reading any of her books. I think Tara Road is her best book since The Glass Lake. I'm so happy that Oprah has decided to put it on her booklist.
Date published: 1999-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read!!! This was my first Maeve Binchy book...but not my last!!! It was wonderful. I thought reading about Ireland would bore me - not so. It was such a simple story line and it carried you throughout the entire book. The characters were real and fun to read about. A great read!
Date published: 1999-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tara Road I thought that Tara Road was an excellent book; I coulnd't put it down! This author has a way of making even the saddest of stories funny and make the reader really believe that what he/she is reading is true.
Date published: 1999-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tara Road by Maeve Binchy I finished this book in just over a week -- which is quite an accomplishment for me. Although I have read more challenging novels, this one kept me interested all the way through. It is great if you want something that will not require too much brain work. I love the way Ms. Binchy relates to her characters and portrays them to her readers. Her stories unravel deep secrets and mysteries.
Date published: 1999-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tara Road Just finished the above book by Maeve Binchy. I enjoyed this book very much. Had great diffuculty in putting the book down. The story was very good. Would recommend this book.
Date published: 1999-02-21

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Goalkeeper in Charge

by Matt Christopher

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: December 19, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Language: English

ISBN: 9990006434255

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Tina Esparza loves soccer, especially that it's a team sport where no one player is in the spotlight. Imagine her surprise when the coach asks her to train as the team's goalkeeper. Will Tina be able to overcome her shyness and accept a position that puts her in the center of attention?
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