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  • Kick

    Mitch Johnson

    Product Code: BCJ2
    Paperback 10 years +
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    Budi's plan is simple. He's going to be a star. Budi's going to play for the greatest team on earth, instead of sweating over each stitch he sews, each football boot he makes. But one unlucky kick brings Budi's world crashing down. Now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in Jakarta. Soon it isn't only Budi's dreams at stake, but his life. A story about dreaming big, about hope and heroes, and never letting anything stand in your way.

    Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2018.
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  • Girls F.C. Collection - 6 Books

    Helena Pielichaty

    Product Code: GRFC
    Collection 7 years +
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    Megan Fawcett shows everyone what it really means to 'play like a girl' in these fantastic football stories!

    Megan is football mad and is determined to make her team - Girls FC - the best in the world. However, to achieve her dream she's going to have to deal with foul brothers, penalty-taking ponies and people asking if own goals are bad...

    Format: paperback
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  • Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend

    Francesca Simon

    Product Code: HHFF2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend by Francesca Simon reveals more of our hero's far-fetched scams and wicked pranks as Henry meets up with Bossy Bill and goes shopping with Mum.

    With witty illustrations from Tony Ross, this is a great set of four stories about the boy who makes even the toughest premiership stars look like angels! Brilliant fun for readers from 5+.
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  • Ultimate Football Heroes: Harry Kane

    Matt and Tom Oldfield

    Product Code: UFHK
    Paperback 8 years +
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    A narrative account of Harry Kane's career and achievements. From his release by Arsenal at the age of just 9 to his loan spells and subsequent successes with Tottenham Hotspur and England , this is a thrilling story for children who love football. It will even appeal to those who wouldn't normally pick up a book.
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  • Spotlight Striker

    Blake A. Hoena

    Product Code: CRG2
    Other 8 years +
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    Carlos Ramirez has always been the Strikers' best scorer. He pulls off bicycle kicks with ease, and his best friend, Tou Yang, knows exactly where to put the passes. But the state's best team, the Bandits, are coming to town, and Carlos hears that he'll have a very special fan in the stands. His uncle, a professional soccer player, will be watching his nephew's every move during the Strikers' biggest game of the year. As the pressure to perform sets in, Carlos struggles to even hit the ball, let alone do bicycle kicks. Everyone has seen that Carlos is a gifted athlete, but no one knows whether he'll shine as the centre of attention, or be blinded by the spotlight.
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  • The Beautiful Game

    Alan Gibbons

    Product Code: AXW2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    At an Old Trafford game, Lennie hears Man U fans chanting about Hillsborough. Enraged, he joins in with a retaliatory chant about the Munich Disaster of '58. Appalled, his dad and granddad take Lennie on a whistlestop tour of the dark side of the beautiful game. Dad and Grandad know only too well the human cost of fan violence and official negligence, having experience racism in football fandom and survived the Hillsborough disaster.Interwoven with lots of facts about the history of football, the great disasters of the twentieth century and the black footballers who blazed a trail in the UK, this book is ideal to engage reluctant reading football fans. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+
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  • Football Surprise

    Emma Carlson-Berne

    Product Code: AFP2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Alex and her family have moved to a new home and this means that she has to join a new football team. As if this wasn't enough, Alex also has to learn how to play in a new position on the pitch.

    As she deals with the major life change of moving home, Alex has to adjust to her new life and learn to love life again. This book covers the familiar situation of moving home and uses the popular theme of football to show children how they can adjust to changes in their circumstance.
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  • Football Mad 4-in-1

    John Goodwin

    Product Code: AJDLO
    Paperback 7 years +
    Four goal-scoring books in one! *Mark's Dream Team *Nice One, Sam! *There's Only One Danny Ogle *The Worst Team in the World Kick it, pass it, head it, cross it, live it, dream it - SCORE! If you're mad about football, you'd be mad to miss this book! Four awesome stories about all kinds of players - some great, some rubbish, some fair, some foul - all MAD ABOUT FOOTBALL! Whether you like to play football, watch football, wear your team's shirt, or just love kicking a ball around the garden, there's a story in here for you. Black and white illustrations throughout.
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  • Frankie's Magic Football: Frankie vs the Rowdy Romans

    Frank Lampard

    Product Code: AHMCK
    Paperback 5 years +
    Frankie and his team love playing football. There's always time for a game. And now that they have their magical football they're playing against teams they never imagined! When Frankie's football transports them to a Roman arena will his team be a roaring success or will the football battle be more than they bargained for?
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  • The Story of Football

    Rob Lloyd Jones

    Product Code: ADWCZ
    Hardback 5 years +
    This is a brand new addition to "Usborne Young Reading Series 2", which is aimed at children whose reading ability is beginning to grow, and helps build confidence and ability. It takes a lively and engaging look at football through the ages, from the Roman army to the modern day premiership, including when the first matches kicked off, why the first rules developed and how rugby and American Football were born. It is humorously illustrated throughout by Paddy Mounter. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.
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  • Make Your Own Football Stadium

    Clare Beaton

    Product Code: ATCHT
    Paperback 4 years +
    Build your very own table-top model by folding out the back cover of these delightful activity books. Then colour in and cut out the figures to complete the scene. There are also facts and stories, extra creative craft projects and a simple glossary. Exceptionally easy-to-make, these books provide hours of creative fun and are extremely popular.
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  • The Bare Bum Gang and the Football Face-off

    Anthony McGowan

    Product Code: BITNI
    Paperback 7 years +
    Join Ludo, Noah, Jamie and Phillip - the Bare Bum Gang - as they defend their gang headquarters with Smarties tube fart bombs and other ingenious traps. The gang's new (and unwanted!) name is bad enough, but things are about to get much worse. Their number 1 enemies have challenged them to a football match, and the prize at stake is the gang den. And guess what - they're all completely rubbish at football! How can they save the den? How can they get back their pride? Find out in the first Bare Bum Gang adventure!
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  • Football Academy

    Tom Palmer

    Product Code: BHVWW
    Paperback 7 years +
    Ben is at his happiest playing for United and is getting top marks from the coach. But every day at school is a trial for Ben, as he struggles to hide a huge secret from his teachers and classmates. Ben's secret is starting to affect his game - can he swallow his pride and ask for help before he sidelines himself - for good?
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  • Frankie's Magic Football: Game Over!

    Frank Lampard

    Product Code: BMCVM
    Paperback 5 years +
    Magic meets football in this fun-filled series from legendary footballer Frank Lampard, for readers aged 5 and up.Frankie and his team love playing football. There's always time for a game - whether it's real or on-screen! When Frankie is injured just before a five-a-side tournament, he's worried his team will have to pull out. So, when the magic football brings Frankie's gaming avatar through into the real world, it seems like they've got a perfect substitute. But E-Frankie starts to cause lots of trouble on and off the pitch. What will it take to get him back into the game where he belongs? Have you discovered the rest of the series yet? Frankie and his team play football with pirates, dinosaurs, aliens and everything in between!
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  • The Football Ghosts

    Garry Parsons

    Product Code: ASOME
    Paperback 5 years +
    A spooky, funny football story by Malachy Doyle and Garry Parsons, perfect for children learning to read. Seamus loves two things - United and ghosts! So when he hears that the spooky old castle on the hill has ghosts playing football in it, he's up there in a flash! Well, as quickly as he can go with his scaredy-ba Granda in tow. Once they get into the castle, Seamus discovers that there are two teams kicking a ball around there - the 1948 United and Rovers cup final teams, doomed to play on until they hear the final whistle. And guess what Seamus has in his pocket? But first, there's the chance to beat the Rovers, with Seamus the star striker in place! The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging stories independently. It features: varied sentences; detailed illustrations to enjoy; chapters; interesting characters and themes; a rich range of vocabulary; and, more complex storylines to stretch confident readers. All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: White.
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  • Frankie's Magic Football: Frankie vs the Cowboy's Crew

    Frank Lampard

    Product Code: AHYIG
    Paperback 5 years +
    Frankie and his team love playing football. There's always time for a game. And now that they have their magical football they're playing against teams they never imagined! When they're transported back into the Wild West, Frankie's team will have to go head-to-head with some crabby cowboys. Will they be able to win the penalty shoot out at high noon?
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  • Frankie's Magic Football: Frankie vs the Pirate Pillagers

    Frank Lampard

    Product Code: AGZOQ
    Paperback 5 years +
    Frankie and his team love playing football. There's always time for a game. But when they win an old football at a carnival, they're going to be transported to a magical world of football they never knew existed! Can Frankie and his team beat the Pirate Pillagers and make their way home?
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  • Spooky Soccer

    Garry Parsons

    Product Code: ASOLO
    Paperback 5 years +
    A fun and quirky story against anything but your average team, perfect for children learning to read. When Seamus and his scaredy-ba Granda go for a night-time walk, they don't expect to find a group of ghosts in an old barn. Greg the Ghoul, Phantom Pete and friends are too scared to go up into heaven, in case they are sent back down to hell, so they are just waiting around in the barn, getting bored. Seamus has an idea to relieve their boredom - they should form a football team and play other ghosts! The ghosts are nervous, but Seamus and his Granda help them get fit and improve their game. Soon they are champion players, powering their way through teams on earth, heaven and even hell! The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging stories independently. It features: varied sentences; detailed illustrations to enjoy; chapters; interesting characters and themes; a rich range of vocabulary; and, more complex storylines to stretch confident readers. All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: White.
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  • The Fantasy Football Wall

    Ann Bryant

    Product Code: APVRC
    Paperback 5 years +
    Harry really wants to win his team's football match, and earn the respect of his teammate Brad. However, things do not go to plan. Then, one day, Harry discovers the wall at the end of the playground and its strange magical powers. Soon every wish Harry makes comes true! Race Further with Reading is the perfect tool to build reading confidence with illustrated stories in manageable bite-size chapters, following on a level from the Race Ahead with Reading series with stories of 2,000 words.
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  • Jon's Football Team - Read it Yourself with Ladybird

    Product Code: AOHVN
    Paperback 5 years +
    Jon and his friends are big fans of famous footballer Ben Wills. Can they learn to play like him and win? For over thirty-five years, the best-selling Read it yourself with Ladybird has helped children learn to read. All titles feature essential key words. Title-specific words are repeated to practise throughout. It is designed to be read independently at home or used in a guided reading session at school. All titles include comprehension questions or puzzles, guidance notes and book band information for schools. This Level 1 title is suitable for very early readers who are ready to take their first steps in reading. A small number of frequently repeated words, simple facts, clearly labelled images and captions fully engage the reader. It includes contents, index and a picture glossary.
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  • Maisy Plays Football

    Lucy Cousins

    Product Code: ANHOV
    Paperback 3 years +
    A story of a first football game from the multi-award-winning creator of Maisy. Today is a big day for Maisy and her friends as they head to the football pitch. Eddie, Cyril and Maisy are on the red team; Tallulah, Charley and Dotty are on the blue! The referee blows the whistle and they're off! Passing, diving and scoring, what an exciting game! The blue team have scored at half time, but what will happen next and who will score the next goal? Just wait for the final whistle! It's more fun with Maisy! Visit her amazing website - www.maisyfun.com - for activities, newsletters, games and more.
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  • Football Star

    Mina Javaherbin

    Product Code: AJLJH
    Paperback 5 years +
    Just in time for the World Cup, this is an inspiring story of a Brazilian boy who dreams of being a football star - and the sister who steps in to help his team win a game. When Paulo Marcelo Feliciano becomes a football star, crowds will cheer his famous name! Then his mother won't have to work long hours, and he won't have to work all day on a fishing boat. For now, Paulo takes care of his little sister Maria (she teaches him reading, he teaches her football moves) and walks her to school, stopping to give his team-mates cheese buns as they set out to shine people's shoes or perform for the tourist crowd. At the day's end, it's time to plan the game, where Givo will bounce, Carlos will kick - and Jose will fly! But when Jose falls on his wrist, will the team finally break the rules and let a girl show her stuff? Set in a country whose resilient football stars are often shaped by poverty, this uplifting tale of transcending the expected scores a big win for all. It is set in a favela in Brazil, host of the 2014 World Cup. It features a girl player, sure to appeal to young female fans of the game! It presents lyrical text by Mina Javaherbin and gorgeous illustrations by Brazilian illustrator Renato Alarcao.
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  • The Story of Football

    Rob Lloyd Jones

    Product Code: ADSMY
    Other 5 years +

    The Story of Football is part of the popular Young Reading series and has recently been reissued in hardback. The exciting book also comes with an audio CD that will add to the atmosphere. Developed in association with reading expert Alison Kelly from Roehampton University, this book will help football-crazy young readers grow in confidence and reading ability!

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  • Football Academy: Free Kick

    Tom Palmer

    Product Code: ADBVA
    Paperback 5 years +
    This is the fifth book in the fast-paced "Football Academy" series. James has been a junior player at United for a long time. Everyone expects him to follow in his dad's footsteps and play for England one day. But James isn't so sure. He has something he wants to do even more than football. Something that means he would have to give up football. The problem is he doesn't want to disappoint his dad. At a tournament in London, where he is pitched against Arsenal and Chelsea players, James finally makes his mind up.
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