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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.

Formats & editions

Awards and Recognition

  • KANGA Children's Choice Awards
    2003
    Longlisted
    Prize for Writing for Young Adults
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2003
    Shortlisted
    Older Readers
  • WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards
    2003
    Nominated
    Younger Readers
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2004
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Older Readers
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2005
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Older Readers
  • KOALA Children's Choice Awards
    2006
    Winner
    Older Readers
  • BILBY Children's Choice Awards
    2006
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Older Readers
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2006
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Older Readers
  • YABBA Children's Choice Awards
    2007
    Winner
    Prize for Writing for Young Adults
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2007
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Older Readers
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2008
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Older Readers
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2009
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Years 7–9
  • COOL Children's Choice Awards
    2010
    Winner
    Fiction for Years 7–9
  • KOALA Children's Choice Awards
    2010
    Winner
    Fiction for Years 7–9
  • YABBA Children's Choice Awards
    2010
    Winner
    Fiction for Years 7–9
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2010
    Shortlisted
    Younger Readers

Also by Morris Gleitzman

Maybe
Once
Soon
After
Now
Then
Once And Then
Girl Underground
Snot Chocolate
Toad Delight
Gift of the Gab
Loyal Creatures
Extra Time
Pizza Cake
Too Small To Fail
Grace
Toad Surprise
Give Peas A Chance
Doubting Thomas
Aristotle's Nostril
Worm Story
Water Wings
Second Childhood
The Other Facts of Life

Recommendations

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons series)
Father Christmas’s Fake Beard
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid
Our Australian Girl: The Rose Stories
Our Australian Girl: The Poppy Stories
The Martian
Warcross
Our Australian Girl: The Lina Stories
Two Wolves
Undercover Princess
Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK11)
Brotherband 7: The Caldera
Friday Barnes 1: Girl Detective
Alice-Miranda in Hollywood
Magisterium: The Silver Mask
The Alchemyst
Once
A Wrinkle In Time
Everything, Everything