Zero to Hero by Rob Childs


Zero to Hero by Rob Childs

Simon - Zero to his older brothers - would rather be watching for kingfishers down at the river with his dog Tilly than playing football. But when they drag him along to the park to help with goal-shooting practice, they discover that he has a natural talent for goalkeeping. The school team already has a goalkeeper, albeit one who lets in more goals than he saves, so there seems little chance Simon will get a game. But as the cup final approaches, tension in the team mounts and Simon teams up with new boy Ollie, who has come from the opposing school, and soon the pair are making an impression in practices. Will they be selected for the crucial game, and will Ollie be able to stand up to the tactics of his former schoolmates? This gripping story will entrance all young football lovers, as well as raising issues of bullying and self-esteem.


Though essentially a football story and there is a lot of football detail in it, the author also raises issues of bullying and self-esteem and how both of these can affect lives and be dealt with through the help of friend and family. Although aimed at footballers of 8/9+, it will be a good one to put into the hands of the reluctant boy reader. School Librarian

About the Author

Rob Childs

ROB CHILDS is an ex-Leicestershire teacher with many years' experience of coaching and organizing school teams in football, athletics, cricket and cross-country. He is well known for his successful THE BIG MATCH series, the SOCCER MAD, PHANTOM FOOTBALL and COUNTY CUP series in Yearling and for the popular GREAT! And WICKED series for Corgi Pups.

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128 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Publication date

1st September 2011



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