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By: Morris Gleitzman

Matt is good at soccer, in fact he is great a soccer, better than anyone else in his town. He is not supposed to play too rough because of previous injuries and his manager, and younger sister is determined to make sure he doesn’t get injured again. The other thing about a manager is that they are responsible for making sure their player gets the best possible opportunities. To this end she reaches out and the most amazing thing happens. Matt his given an amazing opportunity with a soccer club in England. Before long the young manager realises she really needs to step up if she is to stop her brother becoming what others want him to be not what he really is.

This is a wonderful, heartwarming story. Matt is a resilient character, quiet and friendly, he has a real peace and drive about him. His talent gives him joy, but he also feels responsible. His sister is the narrator and she drives the story along. The beautiful thing about this story is the family dynamic. They have their problems, their disagreements but ultimately they really care for each other and want what is best. There is a small commentary on the nature of professional sports but more important is the theme of friendship and not losing passion for the things you love.

A thoroughly wonderful tale, told with Gleitzman’s experienced and balanced hand. The world is portrayed so realistically, from the small Australian town, to the estates of an English city and on to the glamour and wealth of professional sports. This is a layered story with a warm beating heart. The openness and joy of the characters even as they struggle to come to grips with things well out of their comfort zones is engaging. A real pleasure of a story to sink into and not just for those who love their sports.

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 24 July 2013

Format: Paperback 200 pages

Categories: Family, Sports, Humour

ISBN 13: 9780143307754

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The Jungle Run

9781408311752By: Tony Mitton & Guy Parker-Rees

The animals are all ready for the Jungle Run. Cub wants to join in but they all think Cub is too small. They are off as fast as can be, to deal with the obstacles. It turns out though that sometimes small can be best.

A fun read about a jungle obstacle course and all the animals who want to win. The text is entertaining and it rhymes. The illustrations are bold, bright, with just a hint of silly.

Publisher:  Orchard Books

Published: 07 June 2012

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Animals, Jungle,

ISBN 13: 9781408311752

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Big Nate Strikes Again!

By: Lincoln Peirce

Big Nate believes he is awesome and that he is going to lead his team to victory in the upcoming fleeceball competition. The only problem he sees is the fact that annoying Gina is on his team. Gina can’t play at all and then she goes and calls the team he had named the Psycho Dogs, the Kuddle Kittens. This is all made worse by the fact Nate has been paired up with Gina for their homeroom assignment on Ben Franklin. Gina is sure Nate is going to ruin her perfect grades, like Nate is sure she will ruin his chances at fleeceball. Will they be able to work it out? Or will things work out in their own surprising way.

Another very funny Nate book, with more than enough disasters to be entertaining. Amusing illustrations and cartoon sections ass to the appeal of this series. Peirce has created an appealing goofball of a character in Nate. You can’t help but enjoy reading about Nate and his friends, they are all so much fun. This series is certainly worth a look, especially for Wimpy Kid fans.

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Published: 28 October 2010

Format: Paperback 256 pages

Categories: Humour, School Stories

ISBN 13: 9780007355174

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