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HarperCollins, 1986
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S.O.R. Losers

The South Orange River (S.O.R.) School is big on sports and famous for not losing a game all season. That all changes when the school insists that some seventh-grader non-jocks form a soccer team. The new team is sure that losing their first game 32-0 will put an end to their athletic adventure, but no such luck. Their parents insist they try harder. The whole school cheers them on, and they finally score … for the other team. And only the eleven members of the S.O.R. Losers team know the secret of their outstanding “success.”

Story Behind the Story

Novelists are often asked, how long does it take to write a book? My truthful answer is, about a year. S.O.R. Losers, however, was written in one day. How could such a thing happen?

I was able to do it because the story—about a team of nerds who are required (by their school) to form a soccer team and then go on to lose every game they play—is true. read more

Awards and Honors

Parents' Choice, Remarkable, 1984
New York Public Library, Best Books, 1984
Book of the Month, PCRRT, 1984
YASD Recommended Book for the Reluctant Reader


“One of the funniest and most original sports sagas on record.” (The Horn Book)

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