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Home Ground

Written by Alan Gibbons

Illustrated by Chris Chalik

Key Stage 2 Sports

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May 2018 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8

Alan Gibbons can pack a great deal of story and power into a short extent and that’s certainly the case with this book. It stars a group of young footballers, two of whom – the most talented – are refugees, only recently invited to play with West Team Celtic.  Our main character, Sam, is happy to accept them into the squad but a boy called Jordan resents anyone who is better than him, and does his best to keep them out of the team. The drama of the matches is broken up and balanced via short chapters explaining who refugees are, where they come from, and why – something that makes the book much more than just a sports adventure. For the the final scene, everything comes together and there’s a wonderful demonstration of sport’s ability to unite us all, and even, occasionally, to work miracles. 

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Andrea Reece

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Home Ground Synopsis

Sam's team are edging closer to the bottom of the league this season and team captain Jordan's bad attitude isn't helping anyone. When Sam spots Hasan playing on the refugee team, he can see that Hasan's got talent and invites him along to practice. Hasan and his friend Faisal prove to be exactly what the team need - but Jordan's not going to accept his new teammates so easily. Can Sam get the boys to pull together and win?

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781128565
Publication date: 15th April 2019
Author: Alan Gibbons
Illustrator: Chris Chalik
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 72 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Sports

About Alan Gibbons

Alan Gibbons is a full time writer and a visiting speaker and lecturer at schools, colleges and literary events nationwide, including the major Book Festivals: Edinburgh, Northern Children's Book Festival, Swansea, Cheltenham, Sheffield and Salford. Alan is also a key contributor at the QCA/National Literary Strategy 'Writing Together' conferences. As well as being a writer, Alan is a high profile library campaigner. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children. He has written over 60 books and won many prestigious awards such as the Blue Peter Award for ‘The Book I Couldn’t Put Down’, ...

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