[Waiting on Wednesday] Soccer (Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #29) by Mary Pope Osborne & Natalie Pope Boyce

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

As I promised last week, this Waiting on Wednesday installment is devoted to Soccer (Magic Tree House Fact Tracker, #29) by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, which will be released May 27th 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers. Here's the blurb:

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday, they had lots of questions. How did soccer get started? Who are some of its greatest players? What is the World Cup? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts behind one of the world's most popular sports. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures.

I would have loved for this to come out when I was a kid, as I played soccer for a year or two in elementary school. (Unfortunately, this was before anyone in my life realized I desperately needed glasses, so I imagine I wasn't exactly the best player on the team.) Even after quitting, I enjoyed the sport, though I never joined another team and haven't so much as touched a ball in several years; turns out, I enjoy being lazy more than... well, most things.

Anyway, my point is that I would have devoured this as a kid, so it's a tad bittersweet to see it being published in 2014. On the other hand, I'm excited to read it, though there are a few other Fact Trackers/Research Guides I'll have to get out of the way first, as I've fallen behind on the series. (I still haven't read Horse Heroes or Heroes for All Times, and I think there's a non-series Houdini Magic Tree House tie-in that I want to get around to reading, as well.)

And since Osborne shows no signs of stopping the Magic Tree House series any time soon, I think it's safe to say this isn't the last time I'll feature the series in Waiting on Wednesday.

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