Calum's New Team by Danny Scott


Calum's New Team by Danny Scott

'There was only one thing for it. Calum took three massive steps forward and threw himself head first at the ball. At full stretch, he nodded the ball goalwards. It flew across the diving keeper and into the back of the net! He lay for a second on the warm Astroturf smiling until a shadow appeared over him. I didn't know you could head the ball! Leo grinned down at Calum with his arm outstretched. I didn't have much choice with a cross like that! Calum laughed.' Don't miss a minute of the non-stop action as 10-year-old Calum Ferguson struggles to settle into a new town whilst fighting for his place on the school football team. Scotland Stars F.C. books are packed with excitement on and off the field, as well as loads of extras like character cards to collect and football tips, puzzles and games. Calum has just moved to Caleytown from the Highlands and is worried he won't fit in. That is, until he finds out from football-mad new pals Leo and Erika that a new boys' football team is starting at school. Calum is determined to impress the coach and make it onto the team, but two things stand in his way: a pair of decent boots, and the coach's son, striker Jordan McPride...


'Nice writing style and no embarrassing stuff. You only need to like football. And to be able to sympathise with a boy who has to use his dog as goalie [not very good at defending the goal] when he plays all alone.'

'... written by Danny Scott, who works for the Scottish Book Trust, and is a huge football fan - the love for the game and for literacy shines through the text. It's easy to read, with a manageable vocabulary and a plot that moves along quickly and realistically. Interspersed with zazzy illustrations from Alice A Morentorn and complete with trading cards inside, this is a young football fan's dream story. It touched a nerve here - the things mentioned in the book absolutely happen - which makes it completely relatable. The characters are sympathetically drawn - even Calum's busy parents. Of course there's the usual happiness at the end - so many fictional football teams win trophies and beat rivals (in the end) - in real life if you're a Spurs fan the wait can be a little longer than the time it takes to read a book... For age 6+ years. A cracking addition to the team.' --MinervaReads 'The books are not only well-written but also superbly illustrated by Alice A. Morentorn, an illustrator based in Lyon, and carry a number of innovative features such as a coaching tip at the end for kids to practice on their own and a set of trading cards featuring the main characters. And the stories themselves are also entertaining and substantial, ideal for parents to read to their kids or for young readers beginning to discover the joys of reading to discover on their own.' --Celtic View'

About the Author

Danny Scott, a die-hard football fan, is Digital Marketing Manager for Scottish Book Trust and goalie for Scotland Writers F.C. Alice Morentorn is a children's book illustrator and a teacher at Emile Cohl School of Arts in Lyon, France.

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152 pages
Interest Age: From 6


Danny Scott
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Publication date

19th May 2016



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