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From award-winning children's book author, Morris Gleitzman, comes a funny and moving story about a 14-year-old Australian soccer genius and his 10-year-old sister/manager who change the face of English Premier League football. Perfect for readers 9+ years.

When 13-year-old Matt is discovered impressing the livestock in an Aussie country town with his remarkable soccer skills, he's offered the chance of a lifetime – a try-out at one of Europe's biggest and most glamorous soccer clubs. His younger sister Bridie goes with him as his manager and tells us their story – warts, goals and all.

The funny and moving story of a sister's love for her brother, and how it survives everything fate throws at it, including the millions of pounds and mountains of pressure at the top of the world's most popular sport.

A funny and moving story from one of Australian's most entertaining authors.

'He is one of the finest examples of a writer who can make humour stem from the things that really matter in life.' The Guardian, UK

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Awards and Recognition

  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    Younger Readers

Also by Morris Gleitzman

Boy Overboard
Once And Then
Give Peas A Chance
Snot Chocolate
Toad Delight
Gift of the Gab
Loyal Creatures
Pizza Cake
Too Small To Fail
Toad Surprise
Doubting Thomas
Aristotle's Nostril
Worm Story
Girl Underground
Water Wings
Second Childhood
The Other Facts of Life
Teacher's Pet


Undercover Princess
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK12)
Love, Simon
Turtles All the Way Down
Everything, Everything
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons series)
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory: A Play
Thirteen Reasons Why
The Witches
A Wrinkle In Time
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Fish In A Tree
The Truth and Lies of Ella Black
How To Be A Bawse
365 Days of Wonder
The Story Of Tom Brennan
Artemis Fowl