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The Football Trials: Game Changer


By (author) John Hickman
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom
Imprint: Bloomsbury Education
Published: 14th Jun 2018
Dimensions: w 128mm h 197mm d 6mm
Weight: 122g
ISBN-10: 1472944194
ISBN-13: 9781472944191
Barcode No: 9781472944191
Bloomsbury High Low books encourage and support reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers, those with dyslexia, or those with English as an additional language. Printed on tinted paper and with a dyslexia friendly font and illustrations, The Football Trials is aimed at readers aged 12+ and has a manageable length (80 pages) and reading age (9+). Produced in association with reading experts at Catch Up, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties. This exciting coming of age story follows a boy from a tower block as he joins a premier league football academy. Jackson is surprised when he gets a call-up to play with United's under-eighteen team, and when everyone starts raving about his playing. But he's in for an even bigger shock when his dad turns up on his doorstep for the first time in years. Can they repair their relationship? Or is his dad out for what he can get? Book band: Brown

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If you are working with KS3 students who are reluctant readers - but have a clear enthusiasm towards football - then this series of books should engage, dealing with issues that are very important to young lives. -- UKEdChat The concise style will appeal to children as I often find that reluctant readers are put off by weightier tones. The yellow tint and careful font choice are also thoughtful touches. There is a glossary at the back and a bonus section with questions to aid comprehension. All in all, a great choice for those reluctant readers in the classroom. -- K and O: Bonkers About Books Hickman's portrait of a young man being let down by his dad is authentic, exciting and sensitive. Neil Evans' accompanying charcoal illustrations are similarly evocative and mature. -- iNews The Essential Daily Briefing