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Dale Juniors are three-time winners of the Langton Town football cup, but they're about to face a whole new challenge: a charity match against the girls' team. For Scott, Danny and Jack, the stakes are high. They've got to hold on to their reputation as winners or risk becoming the laughing stock of the whole school! But disaster strikes when the big day arrives. The girls are a player short, so Scott is forced to switch sides. He must decide where his loyalties lie - with his friends or with his team? The action continues on and off the pitch in the final instalment of the Football Mad series from bestselling author Paul Stewart.
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.
Can Dale Juniors win the local football cup for a second time? Scott, Danny and Jack think they can! But when Jack is booted off the team to make room for new boy Lee Parker, everything changes. Lee's a good player. But something's wrong. He isn't playing to win - and when he gets a red card for a dirty foul, it looks as though it's all over. Can Jack save the day? The competition and the tension heighten as Paul Stewart continues the action in the second of this four-part football series. Catch up on the story so far with Own Goal (Football Mad #1).
2-1 with minutes to go: Dale Juniors are about to win the schools' cup final - until Scott foots the ball into his own team's goal. But letting down the team is the least of Scott's problems. After the match, someone leaves him a nasty message on the wall - and the suspect? His best mate Danny. It's all going downhill from here. The drama of football and friendship take to the pitch in this action-packed sporting novel from top-selling author Paul Stewart. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+