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From award-winning children's book author, Morris Gleitzman, comes a funny and moving story about a 14-year-old Australian soccer genius and his 10-year-old sister/manager who change the face of English Premier League football. Perfect for readers 9+ years.

When 13-year-old Matt is discovered impressing the livestock in an Aussie country town with his remarkable soccer skills, he's offered the chance of a lifetime – a try-out at one of Europe's biggest and most glamorous soccer clubs. His younger sister Bridie goes with him as his manager and tells us their story – warts, goals and all.

The funny and moving story of a sister's love for her brother, and how it survives everything fate throws at it, including the millions of pounds and mountains of pressure at the top of the world's most popular sport.

A funny and moving story from one of Australian's most entertaining authors.

'He is one of the finest examples of a writer who can make humour stem from the things that really matter in life.' The Guardian, UK

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143307754

    July 24, 2013

    Puffin

    224 pages

    RRP $16.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781743480700

    July 24, 2013

    Penguin eBooks

    160 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Awards and Recognition

  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2014
    Shortlisted
    Younger Readers

Also by Morris Gleitzman

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Once
Soon
Now
Boy Overboard
Then
After
Once And Then
Snot Chocolate
Toad Delight
Gift of the Gab
Loyal Creatures
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
The Other Facts of Life

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