Game on by Bali Rai

Game on

Written by Bali Rai

13+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   YA readers   
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Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Young footballer Baljit, the hero of Bali Rai’s Dream On, is preparing for a trial with Liverpool FC’s youth squad – something he’s dreamed of all his life. But there’s lots else going on in Baljit’s life – his girlfriend is worried that she’ll lose him; his best friend Danny’s hopes of a career in football may have been ended; and there’s a racist thug out to get him. Can Baljit work out a way to follow his dream without harming the people who matter to him most? Football-mad readers will love this, but so will anyone who likes their fiction fast-paced, involving and firmly rooted in contemporary life. I’ve really got to like Baljit and his family, and hope there’ll be more stories about them to come. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

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Read a special Q&A with Bali Rai on his book, Game On.


Game on by Bali Rai

A fantastic tale about football and growing up. Baljit couldn't be happier with life - his parents are supporting his ambitions, things are going great with his girlfriend Hannah, and best of all, he's in with a chance of playing football for his heroes, Liverpool FC. But life doesn't always work out the way you hope and Baljit has some big decisions to make that will affect everyone. Uplifting teen drama with a sporting focus and the long-awaited sequel to bestselling Dream On.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

About the Author

Bali Rai

I was born in Leicester in 1971 and have lived there for most of my life apart from the five years I spent in London, doing a bit of uni work and a whole lot of other stuff. I eventually graduated in Politics ( I think my professor took pity on me ) from Southbank University in 1994. Upon leaving uni I decided that I had to get a job and join the real world. This led to a period in which I did some really boring jobs, like selling random things over the phone, managing the stacking of shelves and letting people into a cinema (all roles which obviously required a deep knowledge of Marxist philosophy ).

I came back to Leicester in 1995 with no money and a distant dream about becoming the next Sue Townsend and eventually found myself managing a bar and then a nightclub. Now I'm not saying that it was particularly hard work - it was fun - but at the same time I started to write the story that would become (un)arranged marriage, my first novel for teenagers.

My own influences are wide-ranging. My favourite writers are Roald Dahl, Sue Townsend and crime writers such as James Lee Burke, James Ellroy and Walter Mosely. I'm an avid fan of Reggae Music and artists such as Bob Marley, Burning Spear and Dennis Brown, amongst others, not only have me singing along (badly) but inform much of the way that I look at the World and things in it.

Bali is Booktrust's online writer in residence. Click here to read his blog.

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88 pages


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Publication date

7th May 2015




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