The Beautiful Game by Alan Gibbons
  

The Beautiful Game

Written by Alan Gibbons
Illustrated by Chris Chalik

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Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: the highs and lows of our national obsession | Football has the power to excite passions like no other sport. In the words of the great Bill Shankly: ‘Some people think football is a matter of life and death. It's much more serious than that.’ But for all the joy, flag-waving and exhilaration, there’s a dark side too of fan violence, racism and a disregard for fans’ safety. From Hillsborough to Munich and the Heysel Stadium, Alan Gibbons examines the worst events in football in a way that enables young fans to understand what happened and why. A fan himself, his book still celebrates the best of football too as a way to bring people together. ~ Andrea Reece

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Synopsis

The Beautiful Game by Alan Gibbons

At an Old Trafford game, Lennie hears Man U fans chanting about Hillsborough. Enraged, he joins in with a retaliatory chant about the Munich Disaster of '58. Appalled, his dad and granddad take Lennie on a whistlestop tour of the dark side of the beautiful game. Dad and Grandad know only too well the human cost of fan violence and official negligence, having experience racism in football fandom and survived the Hillsborough disaster.Interwoven with lots of facts about the history of football, the great disasters of the twentieth century and the black footballers who blazed a trail in the UK, this book is ideal to engage reluctant reading football fans.

A perfect companion title to The Lion Roars and The Number 7 Shirt, the latter of which is a perrenial bestseller.

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

About the Author

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’, the Angus Book Award and the Stockport Book Award. He has also been shortlisted twice for the Carnegie Medal and his books have been published into dozens of languages.

Read a Q&A with the author here.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
72 pages

Author

Alan Gibbons
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Author's Website

www.alangibbons.com/

Publisher

Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th April 2017

ISBN

9781781126912

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