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A terrific story of a young Latino boy who is spotted by an ex-scout, playing in a park in Los Angeles, and wins himself a trial at one of England's Premier League clubs - Newcastle United. Struggling to cope with the gritty Northern weather, the rivalries and jealousies from other players and dodgy scouts, he has just this one shot at fulfilling his dream.He has the skill, but does he have the pace and stamina necessary for success? A riveting tale of one underdog, the first of three fantastic football movies coming over 2005-2007.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 20mm | 222.26g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0552554030
  • 9780552554039
  • 162,923

Review quote

"A work of literature in its own right . . . A fast-paced and well-written and ultimately entertaining narrative" * Inis * "From the kick-off to the final whistle this book captured my imagination . . . A perfect book for football fans" * South Wales Argus * "An exciting and involving read" * Newcastle upon Tyne Evening Chronicle *show more

About Robert Rigby

ROBERT RIGBY is the co-writer of BOY SOLDIER with Andy McNab. A professional screenwriter whose work includes scripts for Byker Grove, he has also run literacy, drama and writing projects, doing outreach work in Education Action Zone schools and writing and staging drama for and with young people. He is particularly interested in writing that appeals to reluctant boy readers. Most importantly, he is also a very keen football fan!show more

Back cover copy

One word unites the world... GOAL! Santiago - a young Latino in Los Angeles - has only one dream in life: to play football. Offered a trial at one of England's top Premiership clubs, he flies halfway across the world to give it his best shot. He has skill, flair and determination. But has he the pace and stamina he will need for the English game? A gripping tale of trial and tribulation, tragedy and triumph, set against the backdrop of the world's most popular and exciting sport. Official tie-in to the spectacular movie.show more

Review Text

"From the kick-off to the final whistle this book captured my imagination . . . A perfect book for football fans"show more

Rating details

428 ratings
4.28 out of 5 stars
5 54% (233)
4 25% (106)
3 17% (71)
2 4% (16)
1 0% (2)
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