Soccer Lover’s Soccer Book Guide
The Soccer Lover’s Soccer Book Guide series reviews and rates books that tell the story of the beautiful game. Here is a new book not to be missed by soccer lovers, especially those passionate about gender equality and fairness. It may be hard to remember a world where USA’s women did not reign as the champions of soccer…
WHEN GIRLS BECAME LIONS by Valerie J. Gin & Jo Kadlecek
When Girls Became Lions: The novel captures the impact Title IX legislation had on one mid-western town and celebrates women’s friendships against the backdrop of sport history.
You’re serious? Girls’ soccer?”
It is a story for everyone—from soccer dads and college coaches to professional athletes, high school competitors and the many women and men who support all of them.
Title IX. We don’t comply, we don’t get funding for other sports. Plain and simple.”
Few people today understand or can even comprehend the impact of Title IX but when this law first passed, it created havoc and chaos in the male dominated world of athletics — and provided a chance for sports to be enjoyed by both genders. The book, When Girls Became Lions, dramatically explores the impact and personal journey of the law in a setting undisturbed by ‘modern’ thinking.
Besides, fathers coach their sons, not their daughters.”
From the very start till the end, this book is about the promise of the future and beginnings. Change brings opportunity to those who can seize the chance and do something positive. This coming of age style book takes the reader across the terrain of challenges, victories, sorrows and celebrations and inspires individual confidence. This book is a salute to women’s leadership abilities and friendships.
Life is a series of beginnings, and when WHEN GIRLS BECAME LIONS is a story on ‘girls’ seizing their power. Authors Valerie J. Gin & Jo Kadlecekx provide keen insight in this entertaining new novel.
The memory of a strong woman …
A good read for soccer lovers of all ages.
A Little Bit of the Back Story on Title IX: Passed in 1972, Title IX requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives federal funding. “Many people have never heard of Title IX. Most people who know about Title IX think it applies only to sports, but athletics is only one of 10 key areas addressed by the law,” explains the Title IX website
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Earlier Reviews of WHEN GIRLS BECAME LIONS by Valerie J. Gin & Jo Kadlecekx:
Absolutely love this great read about women in sports. Contemporary fiction with women athletes at the center of the narrative is long overdue. We need stories like When Girls Became Lions for the next generation of girls in sports. Authors Valerie Gin and Jo Kadlecek have given us such a story and a tremendous reason to hope for more novels like this.” —Julie Foudy, 1999 USA Soccer Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, ESPN Broadcaster
“Finally, a novel about the beautiful game and the girls who just wanted a chance to play the world’s most favorite sport. Jo and Val penned a great story about the end results of many sacrifices and the true benefits of sport—fun, competition, purpose, perseverance, teamwork, friendships and the love of the game.” —Amanda Cromwell, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Soccer America 2013 Coach of the Year & 2013 NCAA National Champions
“The joy and excitement of engaging in sports and/or competitive activities dates back to the beginning of time. The opportunity to participate is more recent for women, and the passion is no less profound. This novel, When Girls Became Lions, illustrates the emotion of sport as it chronicles the journey of fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, coaches, school administrators and students during the transition from pre-Title IX expectations to 20th century possibilities. You’ll be inspired by the story!” —Jean Driscoll, Eight-time winner of the Boston Marathon, U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame
Other recommended reviews: Real Girl Sport – Don’t Miss this Great Interview with Author Jo Kadlecek
A Great Read – Get your copy here.