Soccer Fan Giveaway!

2010 FIFA World Cup begins June 11 . . .
CELEBRATE SOCCER WITH THESE CANDLEWICK BOOKS

* NEW *
Goal!
By Mina Javaherbin, illustrated by A. G. Ford

“Uplifting and inspiring, this beautifully written and illustrated book reminds us of the joys and saving grace of friendship and sport. Set in South Africa, this book is a gift for soccer fans and all families around the world.” — Archbishop Desmond Tutu

In a dusty township in South Africa, Ajani and his friends have earned a brand-new, federation-size soccer ball.

They kick. They dribble. They run. They score. These clever boys are football champions! But when a crew of bullies tries to steal their ball, will Ajani and his friends be able to beat them at their own game?
A lyrical, strikingly illustrated story celebrates the unifying power of soccer. Just in time for the June 2010 World Cup in South Africa!

* NEW IN PAPERBACK *

Big Kicks
By Bob Kolar

Biggie Bear lives in a quiet corner of a busy little town. He collects stamps, plays jazz, and enjoys being by himself. One day, the town soccer team knocks on his door, and they need BIG help. Biggie’s never played soccer before, and once they are out on the fi eld, Biggie realizes that maybe there is more to soccer than just being big. Bob Kolar’s droll, vibrantly illustrated tale about a lovable (but rather clumsy) bear and his endearing (but rather unlucky) team is sure to win some BIG fans.

Winning Words: Sports Stories and Photographs
By Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Brian can’t get a hit at bat until Coach reminds him to turn off his brain and get into the zone. Gillian loses her nerve on the high beam after hearing the crunch of another gymnast’s fall, until the girls cheer her on, and she handsprings away from the sound in her head. From saving a disastrous football season to sharing the glory on the girls’ soccer field, from a solo punch in karate to thrilling teamwork on the basketball court, these riveting stories and inspirational quotes capture a striving for personal best — and the exhilaration of mastering your fears.
With their fast-paced narration and dynamic, dramatic photos, these stories are guaranteed to pump up confidence, no matter your sport of choice.

* FOR OLDER READERS *

The Paul Faustino Trilogy by Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet
Three gripping novels about soccer featuring South America’s top sports reporter

Keeper

When Paul Faustino of LA NACION flips on his tape recorder for an exclusive interview with El Gato — the phenomenal goalkeeper who single-handedly brought his team the World Cup — the seasoned reporter quickly learns that this will be no ordinary story. Instead, the legendary El Gato narrates a spellbinding tale that begins in the South American rainforest, where a ghostly but very real mentor, the Keeper, emerges to teach a poor, gawky boy the most thrilling secrets of the game. A seamless blend of magic realism and exhilarating soccer action, this evocative novel will haunt readers long after the story ends.

“This stirring adventure — a soccer story? a ghost story? — defies expectations. . . . Both lyrical and gripping.” — KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

The Penalty

As the city of San Juan pulses to summer’s sluggish beat, its teenage soccer prodigy, El Brujito, the Little Magician, vanishes without a trace — right after he misses a penalty kick and loses a big game for his team. Sports reporter Paul Faustino is reluctantly drawn into the mystery of the athlete’s disappearance, and as a story of corruption and murder unfolds, must confront the bitter history of slavery and the power of the occult. This gripping novel from the author of KEEPER and TAMAR is not to be missed.

“Any reader who starts this astounding novel will be hard-pressed to put it down. Stunning, original, and compelling.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Exposure

When a black South American soccer star signs on to a team in the country’s racist south, headlines blare. And when he falls for the sensual Desmerelda, a stunning white pop singer and daughter of a wealthy politician, their sudden and controversial marriage propels the pair to center stage, where they burn in the media spotlight. But celebrity attracts enemies; some very close to home. And its dazzle reaches into the city’s hidden corners, exposing a life of grit and desperation the glitterati could never imagine. When a girl is found murdered, reporter Paul Faustino is caught between worlds as he witnesses the power of the media in making — and breaking — lives. Inspired by Shakespeare’s OTHELLO, this modern tragedy of desire and betrayal, incisively and compassionately told, is a truly enthralling work of crossover fiction.

Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet takes a searing look at the world of soccer and pop-celebrity culture — and the lives of three street kids caught in its glare.

My Take on the Books
I enjoyed reading these books. They were great to read and they were great stories of soccer to share with your kids. Div-J loves soccer and Diva-PJ has come to really like soccer as well as she wants to be like her big sister, so the books that were in their age range were ones that they both enjoyed listening to. I know that as they get older they will probably enjoy the older books as well as I did, and will enjoy the way in which you are transported on the field of play within the stories.
Giveaway

How would you like to win a a copy of these books? I will be giving away these books to one lucky readers! All you need to do is let me know who your favorite soccer team and player is to be considered. The contest will run for one week and will end on June 4, 2010.
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