Breathing Soccer by Debbie SpringBreathing Soccer by Debbie Spring

Breathing Soccer

byDebbie Spring

Paperback | March 7, 2008

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Breathing Soccer is the realistic account of Lisa who is forbidden to play soccer because of her asthma. At its core the novel reveals the plight of asthmatics who desire the challenge and thrill of sports, but who must weigh that desire against some very real health issues. Dr. Emerson, her family doctor, has warned Lisa that her asthma must be taken seriously, and that the aggressive demands that soccer places on her breathing could be lethal. Her parents believe the doctor and as a result become overly protective. Right down the line people stand in her way, even her soccer coach, Wilcox, who decides not to play her in the games because he does not want to take a chance on her getting sick and weakening the team's chance to win. But just when it seems that the world has conspired against her, while watching the Olympic Games, Lisa discovers a new source of strength in the example of Olympic Rower Silken Laumann. Lisa is inspired by Silken who, after a terrible accident, was told by doctors that her career was over, but who rose above their verdict to overcome her own barriers in order to win the Bronze medal for Canada.

With the encouragement of camp counsellor, Giant, and her new asthma doctor, Lisa finds the inner strength necessary to rise above her own obstacles and become the soccer player she always knew she could be.

Debbie Spring has been writing for over twenty years. Her publication The Righteous Smuggler from The Holocaust Remembrance Series (Second Story Press) was shortlisted for CBC's Young Canada Reads. Her short story "The Kayak" was published in the anthology Takes: Stories for Young Adults (Thistledown Press), which won the Canadian Libr...
Title:Breathing SoccerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.5 × 5.3 × 0.25 inPublished:March 7, 2008Publisher:Thistledown PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1897235429

ISBN - 13:9781897235423

Appropriate for ages: 8


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspirational young aduld Breathing Soccer is the story of a young girl who loves sports, especially soccer and she has just been told that she will never be able to play again because of her 'condition' - she is suffering from asthma. Our main character, Lisa, is at first disheartened and bewildered - 'never play soccer again?' During her hospital stay, she hears about the tragic accident suffered by an Olympian Silken Laumann and she is also inspired by her! You see Silken has decided to do everything she can to recover and be in the Olympics. This sets the tone for a wonderful book. Author Debbie Spring has written a coming of age book - where a little girl is told that she will never play soccer again - but a young woman emerges and refuses to hear or believe this. Lisa insists on getting a second opinion and with the correct medical treatment and some common sense, Lisa gets to play soccer again. This book is inspirational and takes a very honest and thorough look at what it feels like to be a teen today and how difficult it is to be the outcast. Written to a younger teen audience, but never condescending, this book is a must read for adults and young teens alike
Date published: 2008-07-30