FollettBound Sewn Candlewick Press, c2010, p2012
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Description: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 2.5
AR 2.7 LG .5 136671EN; RC 1.2 1; LEX AD480L


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In a dangerous alley in a township in South Africa, the strength and unity which a group of young friends feel while playing soccer keep them safe when a gang of bullies arrives to cause trouble.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: April 10, 2012
  • Format: FollettBound Sewn
  • Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
  • Tracings: Ford, A. G., illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-329-92920-8 (originally 0-7636-5822-7)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-329-92920-6 (originally 978-0-7636-5822-9)
  • Follett Number: 0006KZ0
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 2.5
  • ATOS Book Level: 2.7
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 136671EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 1.2
  • Reading Counts Points: 1
  • Lexile: AD480L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 03/01/10
  • Horn Book Magazine, 10/01/10
  • Library Media Connection, 05/01/10
  • New York Times, 06/20/10
  • Publishers Weekly, 03/15/10
  • School Library Journal, 02/01/10
  • Teacher Librarian, 10/01/11
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (March 1, 2010 (Vol. 106, No. 13))
Grades K-3. Arriving in time for the 2010 World Cup, this heart-tugging picture book from a debut author tells a lyrical soccer story in the voice of a young boy in a South African shantytown. After winning a federation-size “football” at school, the narrator and his friends enjoy a game, but bullies interrupt them. With some deft foot maneuvers, though, the young players deter the aggressors and resume their game, this time with a wary lookout: “The streets are not always safe.” The poetic text’s rhythmic repetition emphasizes the boys’ joyful empowerment: “When we play, / we forget to worry. / When we run, / we are not afraid.” In full-page oil paintings, Ford uses unusual angles to intensify the sense of the scuffling, exciting action; the tense confrontation; and the reality of shantytown life. An afterword includes fascinating historical notes and reinforces the narrator’s moving message about soccer’s power to inspire and connect fans and players around the world: “I follow the ball to the end of the alley; / I follow the ball to the end of the world.”

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