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A story of adventure, ball control and hope. Jamal and Bibi have a dream. To lead Australia to soccer glory in the next World Cup. But first they must face landmines, pirates, storms and assassins. Can Jamal and his family survive their incredible journey and get to Australia? Sometimes, to save the people you love, you have to go overboard.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780141308388

    August 1, 2002

    Puffin (AU YR)

    208 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • EBook

    9781742283722

    August 1, 2002

    Penguin eBooks (AU YR)

    204 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • KANGA Children's Choice Awards
    2003
    Longlisted
    Prize for Writing for Young Adults
  • WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards
    2003
    Nominated
    Younger Readers
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2004
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Older Readers
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2005
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Older Readers
  • KOALA Children's Choice Awards
    2006
    Winner
    Older Readers
  • BILBY Children's Choice Awards
    2006
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Older Readers
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2006
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Older Readers
  • YABBA Children's Choice Awards
    2007
    Winner
    Prize for Writing for Young Adults
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2007
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Older Readers
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2008
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Older Readers
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2009
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Years 7–9
  • COOL Children's Choice Awards
    2010
    Winner
    Fiction for Years 7–9
  • KOALA Children's Choice Awards
    2010
    Winner
    Fiction for Years 7–9
  • YABBA Children's Choice Awards
    2010
    Winner
    Fiction for Years 7–9
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2010
    Shortlisted
    Younger Readers

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Once
Soon
After
Then
Now
Once And Then
Toad Rage
Snot Chocolate
Toad Delight
Gift of the Gab
Loyal Creatures
Extra Time
Pizza Cake
Too Small To Fail
Grace
Toad Surprise
Give Peas A Chance
Doubting Thomas
Aristotle's Nostril
Worm Story
Girl Underground
Water Wings
Second Childhood

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Two Wolves
The Martian
Our Australian Girl: The Rose Stories
Grimsdon
Once
Danny The Champion Of The World
Percy Jackson And The Greek Heroes
You Choose Flip Me! 1 & 2
Eldest
The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner
Spook’s: Dark Assassin
Word of Mouse
The Snow Merchant
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