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A story of adventure, ball control and hope. Jamal and Bibi have a dream. To lead Australia to soccer glory in the next World Cup. But first they must face landmines, pirates, storms and assassins. Can Jamal and his family survive their incredible journey and get to Australia? Sometimes, to save the people you love, you have to go overboard.

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  • Paperback


    August 1, 2002


    208 pages

    RRP $21.00

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  • EBook


    August 1, 2002

    Penguin eBooks

    204 pages

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