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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.”

Behind the Book

Avi writes: As noted in the entry for Bright Shadow, I am often asked “How long does it take you to write a book?” The answer is, about a year. But it can vary. A lot. SOR Losers took me one day to write. It has never happened before, or since, and I don’t think it’s likely to happen again. How did it happen in this book? When I was in high school I played on our school soccer team. I was goalie. We were terrible. How terrible? We never won a game. My own kids—who had become good soccer players—loved to hear how bad their dad—me—was. So I told them many a story about how we always managed to lose. They thought it very funny.

One day I decided to write it all up as a novel. Since I had—in a way—practiced telling the tale of our terrible team so often, it just flowed out, game by game—in one day.

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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