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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

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    July 24, 2013


    224 pages

    RRP $21.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • EBook


    July 24, 2013

    Penguin eBooks

    160 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

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The Other Facts of Life
Pizza Cake
Toad Surprise
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Toad Delight
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Second Childhood
Water Wings
Worm Story
Aristotle's Nostril
Boy Overboard
Loyal Creatures
Funny Stories: And Other Funny Stories
Help Around the House
Too Small To Fail
Once And Then


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Love, Simon
The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK12)
Turtles All the Way Down
Everything, Everything
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Thirteen Reasons Why
The Witches
Natural Born Loser
The Kissing Booth
A Wrinkle In Time
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Fish In A Tree
The Story Of Tom Brennan
Our Australian Girl: The Rose Stories
Artemis Fowl
Our Australian Girl: The Lina Stories
Paper Planes
Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief (Book 1)