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Written by Paul Stewart

Illustrated by Michael Broad

Part of the Football Mad Series

Key Stage 2 School Stories Sporting Stories

LoveReading View on Hat-Trick

Packed with on and off the pitch drama, this fast-paced footy tale is a top-of-the-league treat

Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8

This third novel in Paul Stewart’s cup-final-compelling Football Mad series sees the Dale Juniors face multiple pressures in the form of an excessively critical coach and an impending must-win game. Coach Carlton has taken an immediate dislike to goalkeeper Danny. “Sloppy and slow”, he snipes. “Maybe there isn’t room in the team for you anymore.” His confidence crushed, Danny’s game disintegrates, but when Mr Carlton’s aggression escalates, it falls to a new coach to turn around the tattered team as they face a thrilling penalty shoot-out.

Alongside being an action-driven football story, Hat-Trick also tackles issues of bullying, confidence and the importance of team spirit. What’s more, published by Barrington Stoke, it’s also ultra-inclusive - the book was written, edited and printed with the needs of reluctant and dyslexic readers sitting centre stage.

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Hat-Trick Synopsis

Danny, Scott, Jack and the rest of the Dale team are gearing up for a hat-trick in their last ever town cup competition. But the boys have moved to senior school and Danny's having a rough time. Their new coach is a hard, harsh man who has disliked Danny from day one.

His taunting and teasing has knocked Danny's confidence and now the coach is threatening to boot him off the team. But why has he got it in for Danny? And can Danny do something about it before his hat-trick dream goes up in smoke?

Engaging black and white illustrations from Michael Broad add to the fun, making this the perfect choice for football fans - especially struggling and reluctant readers.

 Hat-Trick! is the third exciting instalment of the four-part Football Mad series.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781129357
Publication date: 2nd September 2021
Author: Paul Stewart
Illustrator: Michael Broad
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 88 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: School Stories, Sporting Stories

About Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart was born in 1955 in London.  He is a graduate of Lancaster University and of the University of East Anglia's creative writing course. For several years he taught English as a foreign language in Sri Lanka. Returning to England, he continued teaching before becoming a full-time writer. His first book was published in 1988 and he has since worked for a number of publishers and had over fifty titles published. Paul Stewart lives in Brighton with his wife, a primary school teacher, and their two children.

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