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Olympic medalist Alex Morgan to write young adult series

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(Read caption) Alex Morgan says she hopes to “inspire young girls” with a middle-school-age trilogy about four soccer-loving girls.

Photo: Japan's Azusa Iwashimizu (L) fights for the ball against Alex Morgan of the U.S (R). By Mike Blake/Reuters.

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Olympic gold medalist, and key player on the US Olympic soccer team, Alex Morgan, has signed a contract with Simon & Schuster to write a trilogy for middle schoolers entitled “Three Kicks.”  

The first installment will be released summer 2013. The series will center on the friendship of four middle school, soccer-loving girls. Editor Kristin Ostby says that the series should display how “sports are such an integral part of girls’ lives – as much as friends and boys.”

According to Publisher’s Weekly, the idea for the series was brought to Simon & Schuster soon after Morgan scored the winning goal against Canada during the semi-finals. She is reported to have said that she wanted her series to “inspire young girls” and “celebrate” her passion for soccer.

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