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A hilarious junior fiction series for boys and girls that celebrates the great world game of football! Developed in partnership with Football Federation Australia.

Charles was the best player in the boys’ football team. Charlotte was the best player in the girls’ side. But this season they’re both playing in the same mixed team. Is there room for two Champion Charlies on one side? And can they get past their rivalry to help form the greatest football team Jindaberg Primary has ever seen?

With prankster teammates, a karaoke coach, dancing dads and an arch rival with an axe to grind, the Champion Charlies soon learn that achieving success is not going to be easy . . . but it sure will be fun!

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    May 28, 2018

    Random House Australia Children's

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    May 28, 2018

    Random House Australia

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'The Champion Charlies.'  

That was the ACTUAL front-page headline on the local newspaper. In big CAPITAL letters. Right beside a ‘free burger’ coupon.

The page had been plastered onto the school clubroom’s noticeboard since last year. The noticeboard was on the outside wall that faced the football pitch. By now the whole school had seen the article. Charles ‘CJ’ Jackson and Charlotte Alessi were posed in their Jets FC football gear for the photo. The shot was taken after their Grand Finals. CJ’s team had just won their match in a nailbiting finish. Whilst Charlotte’s team had thumped their opposition to claim the title in the girls’ league. They were all smiles. Th ey were CHAMPIONS! They were being peed on by a dog.

‘Garlic!’ laughed Benji Nguyen, as he exited the clubrooms and patted the kelpie on his way past. ‘Your aim is worse than your breath! Get outta here, boy!’

Garlic jumped from the bench and ran off to find his owner, the school gardener, Baldock.

Benji had found what he was looking for in the clubrooms. A megaphone. Holding onto his signature Socceroos cap, Benji sprinted towards the playground beside the clubrooms where CJ was grinning maniacally on top of the monkey bars. CJ and Benji were best friends, both TOP OF THEIR FIELD. CJ was the Jets’ leading goalscorer and Benji was the Jets’ leading mascot. And also the only mascot. Not just for the Jets, but pretty much for the whole Under 11 boys’ league.

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Also by Adrian Beck

The Champion Charlies 3: The Knockout Cup
The Champion Charlies 4: The Grand Finale
Crawf's Kick it to Nick Collection
The Champion Charlies 2: Boot It
Stuff Happens: Dale
Crawf's Kick it to Nick: Half-time Heroes
Crawf's Kick it to Nick: T-Rex at Training
Crawf's Kick it to Nick: Footybot Face-off
Crawf's Kick it to Nick: The Fanged Footys
Crawf's Kick it to Nick: Bugs from Beyond
Crawf's Kick it to Nick: Outbreak on the Oval
Crawf's Kick it to Nick : The Cursed Cup
Crawf's Kick it to Nick: Forward Line Freak
Crawf's Kick it to Nick: The Cursed Cup


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