The Womens World Cup is coming to Southern California, and everyone is soccer-crazy especially Mia Tang! The U.S. is playing China in the finals, and Mia feels like her two identities are finally coming together. Less exciting, though? The fact that her P.E. teacher wants Mia to get out on the soccer field, too or fall short of the grade she needs to earn a spot at journalism camp. But as always, Mia Tang is ready with a plan: shell track down the two womens teams, interview them, and write an A-grade article for P.E. instead!
Its not easy, though, finding professional athletes in Pasadena or bringing two identities together, even during a game. As Mia aims for her goals, shell have to face prejudice, discrimination, and her own fears. But if anyone can find a way to win, its Mia Tang!
To everyone who has ever struggled in P.E., like me
I can relate to Mias struggle with P.E.. I have no idea how I managed to pass three years of middle school P.E. and two years of high school P.E.. I especially hated soccer. I remember running back and forth across the field, pretending to participate. I think I might have done better if my anxiety didnt cause my body to go stiff.
Anyway, just like in the last three books, so much is going on. Here are a few of the many storylines: Womens World Cup America vs. China, Mias mom coaching Lupes math competition team, learning Mr. Yaos past, and Hanks burger recipe.
The part on Hanks burger recipe had me pulling at my hair and yelling, Dont do it! Dont do it! You know you are deeply enjoying a story when you talk to yourself about it.
Mr. Yao went through some serious character development for the better. I enjoyed learning about Mr. Yaos past, explaining why hes so grouchy, and the reasons behind his cruel actions.
It made me sick how worked up people were getting about America vs. China in the Womens World Cup. The whole us vs. them thing. People were blowing things way out of proportion like the world was going to end if the Chinese team won. Can you tell that Im not a sports fan? Either way, both teams proved to girls everywhere that they can do anything they set their minds to, no matter how many people say they cant.
What makes this story so astounding is that its based on Kelly Yangs own experiences during the FIFA Womens World Cup in 1999. I dont want to spoil the story by giving away any details, but I will say that Kelly Yang gets more and more spectacular with each book. Read the Authors Note to learn how much of Mias story is based on Kelly Yangs real-life experiences.
I wont be shocked if Kelly Yang writes a fifth Mia Tang book. Given her extraordinary writing skills, I have a good feeling that Mia Tangs story is far from over.