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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!


Developed in partnership with Football Federation Australia and released in time for the FIFA World Cup, soccer fans will enjoy this new series, particularly those who are newly independent readers as there is a lot of textual and graphic support to sustain their efforts. With characters the reader can relate to, familiar obstacles to overcome and an in-built rivalry as well as the external one of playing another team, each episode builds up into a page-turning climax that makes you want to find out what happened.

Barbara Braxton, The Bottom Shelf blog

The Mix-up is full of excitement, games, humour and pranks, plenty of football tips and family fun . . . Adrian Beck's easy-to-read style, great characters and Adele Thomas' humorous cartoons reinforce positive messages of working together, active listening and valuing each other's skills and abilities.

Rhyllis Bignell, ReadPlus

. . . The Champion Charlies series is a celebration of Australian soccer, friendship, teamwork, valuing the skills and abilities of others, and sportsmanship. Written for junior readers, this book will have your reader laughing along as they follow Charles (CJ) and Charlotte on their soccer adventures, dancing dads, and teammates who love to pull pranks.

Allison, Little Big Reads

I have so much respect for this series, and cannot encourage you enough to get these for your junior reader, particularly if they love Football/Soccer.

Little Big Reads blog

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 28, 2018

    Random House Australia Children's

    176 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • EBook


    May 28, 2018

    Random House Australia

    176 pages

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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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