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The Unlucky Eleven

Written by Phil Earle

Illustrated by Steve May

Part of the Little Gems Series

Key Stage 2 Sports

LoveReading View on The Unlucky Eleven

Fun, end to end footballing action

Interest Age 5-8

Everyone knows that footballers are super-superstitious and when things suddenly start going wrong for the Saints, they decide their team is under a curse.  The question is, what can they do to lift it? Stanley is the only one of them who really understands that lucky strips and garlic down their socks won’t get them winning again – only confidence and determination will do that.  It’s up to him to change the team’s outlook.  The action flows, both on the pitch and in the dressing room, and the story feels as real and authentic as a pair of muddy football boots. Steve May’s illustrations are bang on and in Barrington Stoke style, this is accessible even to reluctant or dyslexic readers. A winner!

Andrea Reece

More About This Book

High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities.  Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page.  They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.

The Unlucky Eleven Synopsis

Ridiculous injuries ... strange illnesses ... cancelled games ... Everything's going wrong for the Saints this season, and Stanley's team-mates believe they finally know why. Their football kit is cursed! But the team's attempts to break the curse take things from bad to worse. Soon, they're ready to call it quits. Stanley's still got some tricks up his sleeve ... but will his curse-cracking ideas save the team in time for the last game of the season?

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781128503
Publication date: 15th May 2019
Author: Phil Earle
Illustrator: Steve May
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 104 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Football / Soccer, Sports

About Phil Earle

Phil Earle  was born and raised in Hull. His first job was as a care worker in a children’s home. Phil then chose the more sedate life of a bookseller, and now works in children’s publishing. He is the author of several award-winning novels including Being Billy which won the 2012 weRead Award and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award. He lives in Yorkshire

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