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Soccer Star



by
Mina Javaherbin
illustrated by
Renato Alarcão

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9780763660567

Awards and Honors
Booklist 2014 Top 10 Books for Youth, Sports
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Paulo works on a fishing boat to earn money for his family, but winning the evening’s soccer game is all he can think about—even when his sister asks to join the all-boy team. Full-color illustrations done in sepia ink with color added digitally.

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

9 3/4" x 11 5/16"

Dewey

Fic

AR

3.2: points 0.5

Lexile

AD550L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

1

JLG Release

Jul 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Soccer. Poverty. Brazil. Siblings. Child Labor.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Paulo Marcelo Feliciano (aka Felino) dreams of rescuing his mother from long hours at work by achieving glory on the soccer field. As the story opens, the boy and his sister, Maria, set out for the day, bringing with them a bag of their mother’s delicious cheese buns. Along the way, they dribble and kick the soccer ball. Maria longs to play in a game with her brother, but the “team’s rule is no girls.” Leaving Maria at school, Felino heads for the shore, where his boss waits by his fishing boat. Growing up impoverished in Brazil, Felino and his friends all work to help their families. Over the course of the day, Felino encounters Carlos, Jose, Givo, and Pedro, sharing his cheese buns with his teammates. He spends a long day on the water but finally returns to the beach, and the game begins. When Jose, the goalie, injures his wrist, Givo takes his place at the net, and the team calls Maria from the sidelines, refusing to let a “useless old rule” stand in the way of victory. Alarcão’s luminous digitally colored sepia-ink illustrations elegantly portray the setting. The joyful expressions of the players as they dribble, knee, and bicycle kick the ball around the sandy soccer field reinforce the story’s positive and inspiring tone. Readers who love the game will cheer on Felino and his team of hopeful soccer stars.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Paulo Marcelo Feliciano (aka Felino) dreams of rescuing his mother from long hours at work by achieving glory on the soccer field. As the story opens, the boy and his sister, Maria, set out for the day, bringing with them a bag of their mother’s delicious cheese buns. Along the way, they dribble and kick the soccer ball. Maria longs to play in a game with her brother, but the “team’s rule is no girls.” Leaving Maria at school, Felino heads for the shore, where his boss waits by his fishing boat. Growing up impoverished in Brazil, Felino and his friends all work to help their families. Over the course of the day, Felino encounters Carlos, Jose, Givo, and Pedro, sharing his cheese buns with his teammates. He spends a long day on the water but finally returns to the beach, and the game begins. When Jose, the goalie, injures his wrist, Givo takes his place at the net, and the team calls Maria from the sidelines, refusing to let a “useless old rule” stand in the way of victory. Alarcão’s luminous digitally colored sepia-ink illustrations elegantly portray the setting. The joyful expressions of the players as they dribble, knee, and bicycle kick the ball around the sandy soccer field reinforce the story’s positive and inspiring tone. Readers who love the game will cheer on Felino and his team of hopeful soccer stars.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA

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