Cody Ross had a hard time thinking about anything but soccer. Even at school, all he could think about was the World Cup trophy his best friend Mudman had created. Only it wasn't for an actual tourney . . . it was for the video game Soccer Slam. Now, Cody's parents think it's time for Cody and Mud to get out from behind the controllers and play with a real soccer ball. When the boys join the local team, they discover Mud is a great player--way better than Cody. Cody's a little jealous of Mud's abilities. Will Mud's talent end their friendship? Or will Cody learn sportsmanship and teamwork, and a few new moves along the way? Zach Riley brings the action and emotion of soccer to young readers with Surprise Kick. Get into the heart of the game with Zach Riley books! SportsZone Chapter Books is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group. Grades 3-6.