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Camp is in session in this cheer-tastic middle-grade novel about making new friends, finding your place, and learning to embrace your inner Magic. Magic Olive Poindexter has big shoes to fill. Her mother was a professional cheerleader, her father is a retired NBA legend, her big sister is the new face of the oh-so-glamorous Laker Girls, and her grandmother was the first bla Camp is in session in this cheer-tastic middle-grade novel about making new friends, finding your place, and learning to embrace your inner Magic. Magic Olive Poindexter has big shoes to fill. Her mother was a professional cheerleader, her father is a retired NBA legend, her big sister is the new face of the oh-so-glamorous Laker Girls, and her grandmother was the first black cheerleader ever on Valentine Middle School's HoneyBee cheer squad. Magic wants nothing more than to follow in their footsteps. But first, she has to survive Planet Pom Poms, the summer cheer camp where she'll audition for a spot on the HoneyBee squad. But with zero athletic ability and a group of mean girls who have her number, Tragic Magic is a long way from becoming the toe-touching cheerleader heroine she dreams of being. Things start to look up when her best friend Cappie joins her at camp--until Cappie gets bitten by the popularity bug, that is. To make matters worse, Magic's crushing hard on football star Dallas Chase. Luckily, Magic's not alone: with the help of a new crew of fabulous fellow misfits and her Grammy Mae's vintage pom poms by her side, Tragic Magic might just survive--and even thrive--at cheer camp.


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Camp is in session in this cheer-tastic middle-grade novel about making new friends, finding your place, and learning to embrace your inner Magic. Magic Olive Poindexter has big shoes to fill. Her mother was a professional cheerleader, her father is a retired NBA legend, her big sister is the new face of the oh-so-glamorous Laker Girls, and her grandmother was the first bla Camp is in session in this cheer-tastic middle-grade novel about making new friends, finding your place, and learning to embrace your inner Magic. Magic Olive Poindexter has big shoes to fill. Her mother was a professional cheerleader, her father is a retired NBA legend, her big sister is the new face of the oh-so-glamorous Laker Girls, and her grandmother was the first black cheerleader ever on Valentine Middle School's HoneyBee cheer squad. Magic wants nothing more than to follow in their footsteps. But first, she has to survive Planet Pom Poms, the summer cheer camp where she'll audition for a spot on the HoneyBee squad. But with zero athletic ability and a group of mean girls who have her number, Tragic Magic is a long way from becoming the toe-touching cheerleader heroine she dreams of being. Things start to look up when her best friend Cappie joins her at camp--until Cappie gets bitten by the popularity bug, that is. To make matters worse, Magic's crushing hard on football star Dallas Chase. Luckily, Magic's not alone: with the help of a new crew of fabulous fellow misfits and her Grammy Mae's vintage pom poms by her side, Tragic Magic might just survive--and even thrive--at cheer camp.

55 review for Squad Goals

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Magic Olive Poindexter attends Valentine Middle School, where not only was her grandmother the first Black cheerleader, but where he older sister was a well regarded member of the squad. Now that she's old enough, Magic wants to pursue her long held dream of becoming a HoneyBee cheerleader. Even though mean girl Gia Carlyle controls the team, Magic talks her best friend and former bad girl child star Capricorn Reese into attending the three week cheer camp that le E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Magic Olive Poindexter attends Valentine Middle School, where not only was her grandmother the first Black cheerleader, but where he older sister was a well regarded member of the squad. Now that she's old enough, Magic wants to pursue her long held dream of becoming a HoneyBee cheerleader. Even though mean girl Gia Carlyle controls the team, Magic talks her best friend and former bad girl child star Capricorn Reese into attending the three week cheer camp that leads up to the tryouts. Coach Cassidy is surprised-- she thinks that Magic is probably interested in "skating or coding". She certainly doesn't dress the part of a cheerleader, even though her father was a Los Angeles Laker and her mother was a Laker Girl. Magic would rather wear old, comfortable clothes than worry about fashion, and despite always wanting to be a cheerleader, she is out of shape, and has never taken any gymnastics, dance, or cheer classes. This puts her at a disadvantage, but Capricorn promises to help with the training, and she gets unexpected support and physical training from Dallas Chase, a ball player referred to as "Boy Wonder" on whom she has a bit of a crush. While struggling with the athletic requirements of cheer, Magic does make several new friends: Brooklyn, a Girl Scout who is into break dancing and whose mother has recently died., and Winnie, who is more interested in acting and piano. Capricorn isn't happy that Magic is asking other people for help, and the two have a bit of a falling out. As the tryouts approach, Magic feels that her training is paying off, and is glad to have vintage pom poms that belonged to her grandmother, who has recently passed away. The mean girls rev up their attacks, name calling, and pranks, and Capricorn even gets sucked into one. Will Magic be able to realize her dream of being a cheerleader and make peace with both her old and her new friends? Strengths: There are not very many books that center cheerleading as a sport, and that's too bad. Girls sports like basketball, volleyball, and cheer have been horribly underrepresented. There are lots of good details about dances, stunts, and chants, and it's clear that the author, who was an NBA cheerleader, knows her stuff. Friend drama, and fraught interactions with other tweens is always a popular topic for middle grade stories. I appreciated that Magic had a strong and supportive family, and that it was the death of her grandmother (who seems to have been roughly... my age!) she was working through. Her interactions with Brooklyn concerning grief are well done. The budding romance with Dallas is very sweet, and it's good to see that he appreciates Magic as she is, throwing up after a work out and all. Weaknesses: I am the complete antithesis of a cheerleader, but when my younger daughter was in kindergarten, she was enthralled by cheerleaders in the local Fourth of July Parade. This led to several years of cheerleading classes for tiny tots and at least one cheerleader Halloween costume. Once she realized how much work it was, she lost interest. It seemed unfathomable to me that Magic lived with two cheerleaders, wanted desperately to be one, never had a tumbling or dance class, and cared more about eating candy than getting in shape. The mean girls were also a little over the top. What I really think: While I understand that the author was probably trying to embrace themes of body positivity and self esteem, I would have enjoyed this more if Magic had a better background in cheer and won a place on the team through her abilities and hard work. There need to be a lot more diverse, updated middle grade books about cheerleading to go along with older titles like Scott's I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader (2005), McCoy's The Accidental Cheerleader (2006), Rallison's Revenge of the Cheerleaders (2007) and Rock's Fly Away (2010)

  2. 4 out of 5

    M. Reads Books and Fics

    This is one of the best middle grade books I have enjoyed in a long time. It was so funny and sweet. I could not put it down once I started. Magic is a such a fun protaganist, and it was great to see her excel and do her best when she was trying to become a HoneyBee. Although I am an adult, this book is very on point about how hard it is to be in middle school. Especially when you are trying new things and experiences. Magic has had the same best friend her whole life, but she does not feel conn This is one of the best middle grade books I have enjoyed in a long time. It was so funny and sweet. I could not put it down once I started. Magic is a such a fun protaganist, and it was great to see her excel and do her best when she was trying to become a HoneyBee. Although I am an adult, this book is very on point about how hard it is to be in middle school. Especially when you are trying new things and experiences. Magic has had the same best friend her whole life, but she does not feel connected with her during camp. She finds new friends that support her, and she wonders what her place is in the world is. Although this is just about cheer camp and growing up, it can relate to anyone who has ever felt out of place. Seeing Magic grow and make new friends is such a great experience. I would love to give this book to anyone from grades 4-7, especially since the book has a BIPOC protagonist and she is on the cover. This is definitely one I would add to my own library and to one I hope to work at someday. This is a well written middle grade I cannot suggest enough.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alexia

    Check out my book tour post at https://www.bookishends.com/blog/squa... Squad Goals was such a cute story of friendship, determination, and rising above the odds. My favorite part of the book was the Stumbles because the way the girls all came together to support each other was beautiful. It showed that even when everything around you is a competition, friendship doesn't have to be. It was also nice seeing disability rep that focused on not being limited in doing what you want. The way parent l Check out my book tour post at https://www.bookishends.com/blog/squa... Squad Goals was such a cute story of friendship, determination, and rising above the odds. My favorite part of the book was the Stumbles because the way the girls all came together to support each other was beautiful. It showed that even when everything around you is a competition, friendship doesn't have to be. It was also nice seeing disability rep that focused on not being limited in doing what you want. The way parent loss and grief were mentioned was also really cool. I enjoyed the Cappie storyline because it showed some of the sacrifices you might have to make to get to where you want to be even if it involves you losing something or someone. The Dallas parts were really sweet too, and I liked seeing the difference between Cappie and the Stumble's reactions to Magic talking to Dallas. Magic was a funny, caring MC just trying her best. The way she went out of her way to make those around her feel supported was nice to see. I did find some of the food parts a little weird as Magic turned to food for comfort, but sometimes it read more as a bit to show how far from cheerleading material she was than actually having a purpose in the story. Overall, I would recommend this book for a hopeful read with good characters. *Thank you to the publisher and HOV for the ARC. All opinions are my own*

  4. 4 out of 5

    Serene

    *arc provided by Hachette Book Group and Hear Our Voice book tours* Squad Goals really is a charming, cute read that reminded me a lot of the kind of books the Disney Channel Original Movies are adapted from. There's a plucky, awkward heroine, embarrassing but loving parents and older sister, a "from-diapers" type of friendship with best friend Capricorn, and the main character's dream to step into her family's legacy, specifically her middle school's cheerleading HoneyBees where her grandmother *arc provided by Hachette Book Group and Hear Our Voice book tours* Squad Goals really is a charming, cute read that reminded me a lot of the kind of books the Disney Channel Original Movies are adapted from. There's a plucky, awkward heroine, embarrassing but loving parents and older sister, a "from-diapers" type of friendship with best friend Capricorn, and the main character's dream to step into her family's legacy, specifically her middle school's cheerleading HoneyBees where her grandmother was the first Black member. Magic Poindexter has got her own thing going on, but her anxieties and self-esteem take a hit on multiple occasions and I couldn't help rooting for her and the rest of the friends she made at the summer cheerleading camp. The story also doesn't shy from bullying, it's effects, or retaliation for that matter and the latter was fun to follow. There are also cringe worthy moments in spades but are totally appropriate given the age group and circumstances that bring them forth. I also appreciate that all the characters sound like actually middle school kids, and this is definitely something that both younger and older readers who read contemporary middle grade will be able to enjoy. Extra special love towards Magic's new friend group, aka the StumbleBees. While all added something special to the group and love and supported Magic in spades, I'm completely biased towards Brooklyn and the special connection she and Magic shared as they got to know each other better through workouts and the duration of the camp. All in all, a solid read and one I will gladly recommend.

  5. 4 out of 5

    TheNextGenLibrarian

    Squad Goals was an adorable MG novel about family legacies, new friendships and personal growth. 📣 Meet Magic Olive Poindexter: coder, nerd, spaz...cheerleader? Hers is a family of cheerleaders for generations. Her mom and sister even went on to be Laker girls. Before Magic can audition to be a Honeybee for Valentine Middle School, she must first survive Planet Pom Poms summer camp for cheerleaders. Many obstacles stand in Magic’s way: can she make the team or will cheering skip a generation? 📣 I ad Squad Goals was an adorable MG novel about family legacies, new friendships and personal growth. 📣 Meet Magic Olive Poindexter: coder, nerd, spaz...cheerleader? Hers is a family of cheerleaders for generations. Her mom and sister even went on to be Laker girls. Before Magic can audition to be a Honeybee for Valentine Middle School, she must first survive Planet Pom Poms summer camp for cheerleaders. Many obstacles stand in Magic’s way: can she make the team or will cheering skip a generation? 📣 I adored Magic. She was so mature, introspective, sweet, kind and the kind of girl other girls should look up to. I hope this becomes a series. Thank you Edelweiss for an ARC. Look for this one April 6, 2021.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    When I first heard about this title, I thought it would be about AOC and the new generation of national legislators. Then, when I saw the cover, I was concerned that it would be a light and fluffy book about cheerleading. While it does focus on cheerleading, it's not the lightweight story I expected. Twelve-year-old Magic Olive Poindexter is attending a three-week boot camp to train and audition for a spot one of the Valentine Middle School HoneyBees. Magic is not in the best shape physically, a When I first heard about this title, I thought it would be about AOC and the new generation of national legislators. Then, when I saw the cover, I was concerned that it would be a light and fluffy book about cheerleading. While it does focus on cheerleading, it's not the lightweight story I expected. Twelve-year-old Magic Olive Poindexter is attending a three-week boot camp to train and audition for a spot one of the Valentine Middle School HoneyBees. Magic is not in the best shape physically, and she carries a lot of baggage with her. Not only was her grandmother the first Black cheerleader on the squad, but her older sister Fortune is a Laker Girl. Her father played basketball for the Lakers, and her mother also cheered. Her best friend, Cappie, has reluctantly agreed to attend camp too, which reassures Magic. But the would-be cheerleaders are divided into groups according to their ability, and Magic falls in with a group of misfits that come to be known as the StumbleBees. At the start it seems quite unlikely that any of these girls stands a chance of making the squad, especially since the team captains, Gia and Yves, have it in for her, even calling her Tragic Magic, and belittling her at every turn. Readers will be surprised that the team coach, Coach Cassidy, doesn't know more about their characters and treatment of others. With some nudges from popular Dallas Chase and support from her friends, Magic keeps getting better, but will it be enough for her to make the squad? While I enjoyed the complexity of Dallas's motivation to help Magic and the secrets about his own formative years that he shared, I found it very unlikely that someone who was as clumsy and unskilled as Magic is described as being could morph into such a skilled performer within three weeks. Even muscles take longer than three weeks to be built and be strengthened. And some of the outlandish behavior of Gia and Yves was just too much to stomach or to be believed. While Mean Girls like them engage in physical harassment, usually their approach is to simply ignore or leave out girls like Magic and her friends. The ending, even though it was so very unlikely, still made me smile and gave me hope that others like those StumbleBees might find a place on that elite squad or one like it in real life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Oishani Sarkar

    I really adore middle grade books and this one is really cute and charming. It's a BIPOC rep book and revolves around the protagonist "Magic". The story is about making new friends, finding your place, and learning to embrace your inner Magic. I really loved this book , the character development of Magic is great. Engaging read but not a quick read tho!! Writing and Narration is awesome. Title is apt and cover page is adorable. Totally recommended to all!! It's actually for ages 8-12 but I think I really adore middle grade books and this one is really cute and charming. It's a BIPOC rep book and revolves around the protagonist "Magic". The story is about making new friends, finding your place, and learning to embrace your inner Magic. I really loved this book , the character development of Magic is great. Engaging read but not a quick read tho!! Writing and Narration is awesome. Title is apt and cover page is adorable. Totally recommended to all!! It's actually for ages 8-12 but I think it's more suitable for 13+ !!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the happiest, most delightful, CHEERIEST book I can remember reading in a long time. Magic is such a great protagonist. She's the fish out of water in her athletic family, but she never wallows in angst. And every time she DOES mumble something about how she's not like her family, they insist that she's different and that's a great thing to be and she's exactly who she should be. It's SO REFRESHING to have a MG book with a loving and supportive and happy family! It's possible I've been re This is the happiest, most delightful, CHEERIEST book I can remember reading in a long time. Magic is such a great protagonist. She's the fish out of water in her athletic family, but she never wallows in angst. And every time she DOES mumble something about how she's not like her family, they insist that she's different and that's a great thing to be and she's exactly who she should be. It's SO REFRESHING to have a MG book with a loving and supportive and happy family! It's possible I've been reading too many sad books. Recommend this for any little girl without reservations.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Jahng

    This is cute, but completely unrealistic. Unless there really are MIDDLE schools that conduct their cheer team tryouts with a 3-week training camp in Malibu with visits by the Laker Girls and first and final cuts held in front of families and shown on a Jumbotron. Seems far fetched. Still there are characters you’ll love and love to hate, as well as good lessons about friendship, family, and perseverance.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jean Pak

    Squad Goals is such a cute story of friendship and overcoming obstacles. I love that Magic is an inspiration to all middle school students, especially as she navigates through all the challenges of a typical middle schooler. Also, special points for representing BIPOC and those with disabiltiies! HIghly recommend the book for children and for adults!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tianna || One Page at a Time

    This book was very cute and I loved the message that it put out into the world. I think all little girls should read this book; my daughter is currently reading it and she loves it. She stated that she can relate the the main character. Definitely would recommend this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ˗ˏˋ saoudia! ˎˊ˗

    3.5 stars! thank you to the publisher and to HOV for this arc! RTC.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)

    Squad Goals is a feel-good summer camp story perfect for fans of friendship stories, summer camp tales, and coming-of-age books. This sporty cheer-leading story features a likable protagonist, a supportive Black family, and healthy team dynamics with zero tolerance for bullying. Overall, I enjoyed reading this and I’m looking forward to whatever this author writes next. Read my full review on my blog. Many thanks to the publisher for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Squad Goals is a feel-good summer camp story perfect for fans of friendship stories, summer camp tales, and coming-of-age books. This sporty cheer-leading story features a likable protagonist, a supportive Black family, and healthy team dynamics with zero tolerance for bullying. Overall, I enjoyed reading this and I’m looking forward to whatever this author writes next. Read my full review on my blog. Many thanks to the publisher for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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