Epic Athletes: Lionel Messi by Dan Wetzel, 136 pages. NONFICTION. Henry Holt and Company, 2019. $17
Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ESSENTIAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH
Lionel Messi scored some of the most impressive shots in soccer and is widely known as one of the best players to ever have played this sport. This book covers how Lionel got started playing soccer, how he ended up in Spain although he is Argentine, his struggle with growth hormones, and many of his best soccer games.
I am not a soccer fan, but I could not put this book down. I was very interested in Lionel as a person and was surprised how easy it was to follow and care about his soccer career, even knowing very little about the sport. There was only one section of the book that I started to get bored by all the game summaries and I would have liked more about his personal life, but overall this was a very fun read.
Jen Wecker, HS English Teacher