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A hilarious junior fiction series for boys and girls that celebrates the great world game of football! Developed in partnership with Football Federation Australia.

Charles was the best player in the boys’ football team. Charlotte was the best player in the girls’ side. But this season they’re both playing in the same mixed team. Is there room for two Champion Charlies on one side? And can they get past their rivalry to help form the greatest football team Jindaberg Primary has ever seen?

With prankster teammates, a karaoke coach, dancing dads and an arch rival with an axe to grind, the Champion Charlies soon learn that achieving success is not going to be easy . . . but it sure will be fun!


Developed in partnership with Football Federation Australia and released in time for the FIFA World Cup, soccer fans will enjoy this new series, particularly those who are newly independent readers as there is a lot of textual and graphic support to sustain their efforts. With characters the reader can relate to, familiar obstacles to overcome and an in-built rivalry as well as the external one of playing another team, each episode builds up into a page-turning climax that makes you want to find out what happened.

Barbara Braxton, The Bottom Shelf blog

The Mix-up is full of excitement, games, humour and pranks, plenty of football tips and family fun . . . Adrian Beck's easy-to-read style, great characters and Adele Thomas' humorous cartoons reinforce positive messages of working together, active listening and valuing each other's skills and abilities.

Rhyllis Bignell, ReadPlus

. . . The Champion Charlies series is a celebration of Australian soccer, friendship, teamwork, valuing the skills and abilities of others, and sportsmanship. Written for junior readers, this book will have your reader laughing along as they follow Charles (CJ) and Charlotte on their soccer adventures, dancing dads, and teammates who love to pull pranks.

Allison, Little Big Reads

I have so much respect for this series, and cannot encourage you enough to get these for your junior reader, particularly if they love Football/Soccer.

Little Big Reads blog

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 28, 2018

    Random House Australia Children's

    176 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • EBook


    May 28, 2018

    RHA eBooks Child

    176 pages

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    • Amazon Kindle NZ
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