Review by Jay Heale, Bookchat
The trouble about soccer stories is that there are only limited results: win, draw, lose. But put such a problem to an experienced writer like Jayne Bauling, backed by the Cover2Cover editorial team (plus David Spratt, soccer guru) and the result is a story about people, not merely goals. Although the cover pic suggests older players, we are following the mixed fortunes of an Under 17 mixed team. Yes, girls playing with the boys. To the embarrassment of at least one father. Our hero, Mondli has problems with stamina because of poor diet: he also lacks the requisite birth certificate. Does the best team win in the end? Of course! In a satisfyingly gulp-worthy game. One young reader called it “awesome”. I agree.
“I think the book is fantastic and I loved it. It’s awesome and I think it could be one of my favourite series.”