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Sophie Smiley was born in a Dominican monastery near Cambridge - she says she had a very happy childhood surrounded by Fra Angelicos and Ethopian priests! She now teaches English and is also a staff member of Forest School Camps, working with both the able and those with learning difficulties. She is married, and has two sons. They all live in Cambridge.
A bumper collection of football stories featuring football mad kids called Wembley, Striker, Semi, Bobby and Charlton. Just as well they’re football mad with names like that. With illustrations by the supremely talented Michael Foreman, this book will be enjoyed, in fact devoured by football mad boys and girls.
A robust and entertaining football story about a family with enough players in it to make their own five-a-side team! Charlie tells of the mounting excitement as she and her brothers fight their way into the final. They are all set for the great day when a huge snow storm dramatically changes the plans. Will they be able to get back together in time and will there even be a match?
Action-packed adventure propels this short and easy to read book forward at pace and will be hugely satisfying to emerging readers. Charlie is football mad, as is most of his family. But when his brother Bobby develops a passion for pirates he is lost to kick-ups in favour of digging for treasure. Bobby’s passion also leads to a terrifying adventure and Charlie fears he’ll lose him forever.
For football mad families this is essential reading as are the previous two stories featuring Charlie and his little brother Bobby. Their mum is so footie mad that she gives yellow cards instead of a ticking off when her children are naughty. As a consequence the family make a great team. The love and affection shown between them all whatever life throws at them including the fact that little Bobby suffers from Down’s Syndrome is a wonder to behold and an education in understanding. Michael Foreman’s illustrations perfectly complement the entertaining story. 6 - 9 year olds will be the book’s core audience but could be read aloud to younger children too.
Wembley, Striker, Semi, Bobby and Charlton (Charlie). With names like that it's no wonder Charlie and her brothers are football mad! Together they make a great team and use football to solve all the problems that get in their way - from bulls to bullies! Here is a bumper collection of three fantastic books about them. Result!
Charlie and her brothers are in the final of the local five-a-side tournament, and they need to practise hard. But when it snows heavily overnight, their plans soon change. Charlie's brother, Bobby, is marooned in the snow and she must attempt a daring adventure to rescue him. But with the team reunited once more, how will they manage to play on the frozen pitch, never mind win the game?
Bobby's football team mascot is a dog, and Bobby wants one too. He dreams of a cuddly puppy who will join him as a defender on the pitch. But when a dog arrives next door, his love of dogs turns to terror. Can he overcome his fear? Will he be able to help his sister, Charlie, in her cup final, and even take on the local bully?
'Why are pirates called pirates?' 'Because they aaAHRRR!' Charlie's football-mad family swap goalposts for the seaside, and her brother's on a quest for a pirate adventure. It's all hands on deck as cannonballs fly and damsels in distress are rescued. But will Bobby ever find his hidden treasure? And will Charlie ever win him back to the football pitch?
Charlie has a football mad family - her mother gives a yellow card rather than a ticking off (because you can't argue with the ref. can you?). Usually the family make a great team, so when her thirteen-year-old brother Semi starts to get grumpy and choses not to join in, it is a great shock. Well, it's a great shock for Charlie and little brother Bobby. But her parents seem to know exactly what is going on. It takes a while for Charlie to realise that it's the onset of teenagerdom, and all to be expected - and even better, Semi will get over it!
This is the second story to feature Bobby, the Down's Syndrome football enthusiast, and his big sister Charlie. This time they are off to summer camp. Also with them is Paul, a boy who hides underneath a furry parka and will not speak. Bobby instantly decides that the two of them are best friends, and as he is potty about football, he tries to play it with him as much as possible. Charlie is being a responsible older sister and keeping a watch on Bobby, which is demanding enough, but she also has a challenge of her own. One of the planned camp activities is a relay race over water, and she is very scared of water. But thanks to the wonderful positivity that Bobby exudes all round him, Charlie beats her demons, Bobby plays football whether it's planned or not, and Paul? Well, Bobby gets him talking! He makes him Man of the Match!
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