Soccer Star Alex Morgan’s Most Inspiring Books

Soccer Star Alex Morgan’s Most Inspiring Books

For gals like me who grew up playing soccer in the ’80s and ’90s, Mia Hamm was everything. With her lightning speed and blinding footwork, the women’s national team captain scored goals that made our little pigtailed heads spin. These days, it’s 24-year-old phenom Alex Morgan that soccer-playing American girls worship. In last year’s Olympics, the national team star–one of the squad’s youngest–scored three goals (including this incredible game-winner) and assisted on four to propel the U.S. women to yet another team gold. 

When she’s not tearing it up on the field, Morgan’s writing. Last year, she released the first installment of her bestselling middle-grade series, “Saving the Team,” and this month put out her second, “Sabotage Season.” Here, she shares a list of books that helped her become a smart, tough team player. Take a look–then pick up a few for the little champion in your life. 

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    1. Ella Enchanted

    Ella found strength in the face of adversity, something we are all faced with at one time or another. Even though she was under a terrible curse, she didn’t let her stepsisters’ cruelty stop her from following her dreams.

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    2. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    When Claudia and her younger brother, Jamie, run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, they have lots of adventures, and eventually gain a stronger appreciation for family. To me, nothing is more important than family.

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    3. Bridge to Terabithia

    This book showed the power of true friendship, something I’m reminded of every day I spend with my teammates.

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    4. Number the Stars

    Annemarie was incredibly courageous in the face of danger, while protecting her friend Ellen from the Nazis and helping her Uncle Henrik smuggle the Jews out of Denmark. I believe it’s important to have the courage to do the right thing, even—and especially when—it isn’t easy.

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    5. Because of Winn-Dixie

    I loved how Opal discovered, through her friendship with Winn-Dixie, that there’s often more to people than what you see on the surface.

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    6. Walk Two Moons

    This book taught me how to imagine myself in someone else’s shoes. To this day, having empathy for others is what makes me a good teammate, both on the field and off.

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    7. Pippi Longstocking

    I love Pippi’s sass, brave sense of adventure, and superhuman strength. (I wish I had her super strength for the soccer field!)

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