Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Carli Lloyd and Wayne Coffey
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Carli Lloyd dedicated her whole life to become one of the best soccer players in the world. As a young girl, she joined soccer clubs. She tried out for the regional team in South Jersey but did not make it. She was upset, but then she received a letter inviting her to join the Medford Strikers. She continued to progress in her soccer career, but she almost quit when she was cut from the under-twenty-one USA team and was told that she was not working hard enough to be at the national level. This was difficult for her, but then she met James Galanis, who became Carli’s mentor for the rest of her soccer career. James Galanis believed in Carli’s potential if she would give her all until the end of every game. James and Carli worked together and set high goals, and Carli ended up making the U.S Women’s Soccer National Team.
Carli Lloyd’s story is inspiring. Her character is built upon the importance of hard work and dedication. The book shows that she goes through different levels to reach greatness. The first level is average, which involves doing the same things that other people do. The second level is good, which is the person working harder and being more dedicated to their craft than the average person. The third level is greatness, which involves people that work harder by doing overtime. Carli adapts to each level as she dedicates her time and works hard to accomplish her vision of being the best soccer player in the world. Her example shows that all human beings have the potential to be great by putting in the hard work and believing in yourself.