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Rob Childs - Author

About the Author

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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Great Shot!

Great Shot!

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2016

Great Hit

Great Hit

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2016

Wicked Catch!

Wicked Catch!

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2016

Strike!

Strike!

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2016

Jake loves football and fishing (even though he barely ever catches a fish) but his best friend Adam thinks fishing is cruel. Jake also hasn't been doing very well in their team's Sunday matches, but is determined to prove himself, score a hat-trick and win the match ball in the game against their arch rivals. Adam makes the stakes even higher by making a deal with Jake - he'll help Jake to score his three goals but in return Jake will have to give up fishing! Will Jake go for the hat-trick?

The Big Send-Off

The Big Send-Off

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2015

Off! Off! Off! Danebridge school football team - captained by goalie Chris Weston - have had a shaky season in the League, but a good Cup run. Now they face a crucial semi-final replay - a match they must win if they are to meet their arch-rivals, Shenby, in the Final. Will Chris lift the Cup? Find out what happens in this new action-packed story in the bestselling BIG soccer series - everything from a nerve-jangling penalty shootout to a shock sending-off!

The Big Drop

The Big Drop

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2015

The end of the season is approaching and Danebridge School football team faces relegation down a league - unless they can win a few last-minute games. Can Chris Weston, their skipper and goalkeeper, pull the team together and get the vital results the team needs so badly? If he fails, it's the big drop for Danebridge...

The Big Prize

The Big Prize

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

Everything seems to be going great for Chris Weston. First he wins the prize of being chosen to be the mascot for the local football league club for their next F.A. Cup match. Then he is picked to play in goal for his school team on the morning of the same day. But then disaster strikes and Chris can hardly walk, let alone run on to a pitch. Has his luck suddenly changed for the worse? And will he miss his chance of being a mascot?

The Big Game

The Big Game

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

It's September, and Andrew Weston can hardly wait to get back to school. For this year he is to play in the school football team, and Andrew is sure that his skills in defence will help Danebridge win every match. But Andrew and his younger brother Chris - a promising goalkeeper - are in action even sooner when they take part in an annual six-a-side football tournament. When a young winger for the Selworth team gives Andrew a few bad moments, Andrew suspects that his debut match for the school team won't be easy at all. For their first opponents are to be...Selworth!

The Big Clash

The Big Clash

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

I've heard you're a good keeper. How about producing one for me, eh?' Chris Weston, goalie and team captain of Danebridge school football team, can hardly believe it when his team - fighting relegation - make it to the semi-finals of the Cup! But how can he concentrate on his football when his absentee father makes an appearance. For Dad can't keep his mouth shut, shouting out his comments from the touchline and completely putting Chris off his game. Can Chris keep his head and focus on his football? And can Danebridge make it to the Final?

Football Flukes

Football Flukes

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

The next in the successful soccer SOCCER MAD series sees Luke facing a tough challenge - can he prove that the Swifts' first-round victory in the cup wasn't simply a fluke?

The Big Win

The Big Win

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

Who cares about losing when you're a millionaire?' Chris Weston, goalkeeper and school team captain, has problems. With Danebridge too close for comfort to the relegation zone, they're facing two key games in a week - and most of the players seem to have other things on their minds right now. Two million of them. For midfielder Mark Towers has just struck lucky. His family have won the Lottery! Chris would prefer a different kind of big win - on the football pitch. Can they all pull together as a team before it's too late?

Football Daft

Football Daft

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

Brain Draper is the butt of many jokes at school about his difficulties with reading, but Luke knows he's also a talented goal-scorer. Can Luke persuade his friend to pluck up his confidence and show everyone his skill on the pitch? This is an another football feast from today's best-known writer of soccer fiction.

The Big Match

The Big Match

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

'Ace save, Chris' shouted Andrew. 'You're unbeatable today!' But will he be unbeatable when he is picked to stand in for the regular school team goalkeeper in a vital cup game against Shenby School, their main rivals? For Chris is several years younger than the rest - and some of the team doubt his skills in goal...

All Goalies Are Crazy

All Goalies Are Crazy

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

All Goalies are Crazy ...but some goalies are more crazy than others! After a series of match-losing blunders, can Sanjay prove himself the number one goalie?

Soccer At Sandford

Soccer At Sandford

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

Jeff Thompson is delighted to be picked as captain of Sanford Primary School's football team. With an enthusiastic new teacher and a team full of talent - not least that of loner Gary Clarke, with his flashes of goal-scoring brilliance - he is determined to lead Sandford to success. Their goal is the important League Championship- and their main rivals are Tanby, who they must first meet in a vital Cup-tie... From kick-off to the final whistle, through success and disappointment, penalties and corners, to the final nail-biting matches of the season, follow the action and excitement as the young footballers of Sandford Primary School learn how to develop their skills and mould together as a real team - a team who are determined to win by playing the best football possible!

The Big Chance

The Big Chance

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

It's the beginning of the season and Chris Weston, captain of Danebridge School football team, knows that his team needs goalscorers - players to put the ball in the back of the net. Two younger boys show promise - nimble Jamie, who can dribble round any opponent, and moody, overweight David (known as Pud), whose cannonball shots are unstoppable. But can Jamie learn to play as part of a team? And can Pud manage to control his temper? When both boys are picked to play for the team in a vital match - the first round of the county cup competition - Chris knows it is up to him, as captain, to help both boys make the most of their big chance...

The Big Goal

The Big Goal

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

Andrew Weston is overjoyed when he wins a SPOT THE BALL competition and gets the chance to form a five-a-side football team and take part in a special weekend tournament. Naming his team the Vikings, Andrew is determined to play well - especially since talent scouts from his favourite club, United, will be watching the matches. But the opposition is tough. Especially Dean's Demons, who play their football hard with bruising tackles and unfair fouls. Now Andrew and his team don't only want to win the Cup - they want to beat the Demons and show them how football should REALLY be played!

The Big Kick

The Big Kick

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

Goalkeeper Chris Weston is stunned when he is asked to captain the Danebridge School football team. But the season gets off to a disastrous start and no-one, especially bullying Luke Bradshaw, can forget the good old days when Chris's brother Andrew and his friends led the team to victory. There's only one way for Chris to prove himself and his team. Somehow they must beat Andrew and the other Danebridge Old Boys in a very special challenge match. But as the big day draws near, Chris knows that he is facing a vital test...

Keeper's Ball

Keeper's Ball

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2014

Alex is always being left on the bench - in fact, he's sure he's only in the team at all because his dad helps out at his team's weekend matches. His teammates think he's just a useless jelly belly - but they get a shock when they see Alex has a hidden talent. That belly - and all the rest of him - turns out to be spectacularly good at stopping goals. Jelly Belly has found his place in the team! A sparkling football story about a determined underdog.

Keeper's Ball

Keeper's Ball

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2014

Alex is always being left on the bench - in fact, he's sure he's only in the team at all because his dad helps out at his team's weekend matches. His teammates think he's just a useless jelly belly - but they get a shock when they see Alex has a hidden talent. That belly - and all the rest of him - turns out to be spectacularly good at stopping goals. Jelly Belly has found his place in the team! A sparkling football story about a determined underdog.

County Cup (1): Cup Favourites

County Cup (1): Cup Favourites

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2014

Every year, in the county of Medland, school football teams compete for the most prestigious trophy in the area - the County Cup. Round-robin tournaments determine the winners of the four Quarter Shields - in the North, the East, the South and the West and the winners then clash in the semi-finals and then the Finals. The first four books in this series detail the teams in each quarter, battling it out to win a place in the semi-finals. The winning teams - and characters - can then be followed through the series in subsequent titles.

Soccer Shocks

Soccer Shocks

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2014

'WHAT A WAY TO END THE SEASON!' The football season may be drawing to a close, but Luke Crawford - skipper, player-manager and coach of the Swillsby Swifts Sunday League team - is still full of running . . . when he's not tripping up over his own feet! He's also still full of ideas and dreams. Luke's new sweeper system for the Swifts relies on the unpredictable talents of his Italian cousin Ricki, but will it be too late to save them from relegation? Luke would dearly love to win a medal in the school Cup Final too, if only he's given the chance to get on the pitch. One thing's for certain. With soccer-mad Luke on the loose, there are bound to be plenty of shocks in store for everyone before the final whistle blows . . .

Soccer Stars

Soccer Stars

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2014

Luke has always envied his cousin Jon's natural football skills - envied his ability to put the ball effortlessly into the back of the net with the sort of style that just can't be learned. That's why he's delighted when Jon agrees to play with his Sunday league team, the Swillsby Swifts, as they go on tour; with Jon on board, the team have a real chance of success. But to Luke's surprise, Jon isn't the only player to come across as a star . . .

Big Break

Big Break

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2014

'Show United's coaches what you can do!' Andrew Weston is off for four fabulous days of football - on a special coaching course at United's football ground. It's a terrific opportunity to develop his skills and, hopefully, to impress the talent scouts. There's just one drawback: an old enemy, Dean, is also on the course. And the tough, no-hold-barred striker has no hesitation in breaking the rules when it suits him - even if it could lead to someone getting hurt . . . Join Andrew on his big break in this action-packed title in the bestselling football series.

The Big Fix

The Big Fix

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2014

'Penalty!' bellowed the referee. 'No arguing.' The players of Danebridge football team, captained by goalkeeper Chris Weston, face an uphill struggle when they meet their local rivals, Shenby, in a cup-tie. For the referee - Shenby's new sports teacher - might as well be playing for Shenby. All his decisions go their way! Can Chris, with the help of his brother Andrew, find a way of making sure their next match against Shenby - a vital league clash - will be a fair one? Or will Danebridge's cup and league hopes be dashed because of a biased referee . . . ?

The Big Freeze

The Big Freeze

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2014

The big freeze is wrecking the team's soccer season - they haven't played a proper match for two months and the novelty of playing indoors has long worn off. But then Jamie's father books them in for sessions on the all-weather pitches at the new sports centre, and they find themselves taking part in an exciting triangular tournament. But will Pud be able to keep his feet on the unfamiliar surface? And will the big-headed Carl Diamond keep them out of the Final?

The Big Star

The Big Star

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2014

When Chris Weston tries out for the Area soccer squad, he sees some great football skills . . . and some dreadful showing off. Carl Diamond, nephew of the famous international star Dazzler Diamond, seems to think he's good enough to play in the World Cup and, to be fair, his performance on the pitch is pretty stunning. But although he scores goal after goal, big-headed Carl knows all too well how good a player he is, and gets angry when other players don't meet his standard. Someone's going to have to put him in his place . . . but who?

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 15: Soccer Showdowns

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 15: Soccer Showdowns

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In Soccer Showdowns best mates Michael and Josh play together in their school's cup final on Saturday. But on Sunday - captaining rival teams in a crucial promotion battle - they have to put their friendship on hold TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Great Goal!

Great Goal!

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2013

The young footballers of Great Catesby School are on top form when they appear on TV to perform the special fund-raising song, C'mon, you Greats! But will they be such a smash hit in their return match with the Kilthorpe Killers? They are determined to sweep away their rivals and prove they can be number one on the football field too!

Hot-Shot Harry

Hot-Shot Harry

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2012

Harry is the star of Gateway Fives, a mixed five-a-side soccer team. They've made it through to the County tournament, but Harry's ego starts to cause problems within the team - and then their goalie is injured. When Harry has to choose between the team and his own image, will he do the right thing? Highly readable, exciting books that take the struggle out of reading, Wired Up Connect encourages and supports reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers, or those with English as an additional language, aged 9+, at a manageable length (96 pages) and reading level (8+). Produced in association with reading experts at CatchUp, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties.

Zero to Hero (PDF)

Zero to Hero (PDF)

Author: Rob Childs Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2011

Zero to Hero

Zero to Hero

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

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.

Black and White (Adobe Ebook)

Black and White (Adobe Ebook)

Author: Rob Childs Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2011

Moving the Goalposts

Moving the Goalposts

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2010

For Sam, playing football is easy. He's the star goalkeeper and a key member of the team. But writing and schoolwork is another matter. When Sam is chosen to read his match report in front of the whole school, the prospect fills him with dread. How can he keep up his image and avoid feeling humilliated?

County Cup (6): Cup Fever

County Cup (6): Cup Fever

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2009

The Quarter Champions of the South and the East are about to clash in the two-legged semi-finals of the County Cup - the trophy every player wants to lift! Who will win through to the Final? Join the Cup trail and follow all the drama and excitement - both on and off the pitch.

County Cup (7): Cup Winners

County Cup (7): Cup Winners

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2009

Six months of competition have led up to this moment - the moment when two captains lead out their teams for the biggest match of all in the season: the County Cup Final. Who will lift the trophy?

County Cup (2): Cup Rivals

County Cup (2): Cup Rivals

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2009

Every year, in the county of Medland, school football teams compete for the most prestigious trophy in the area - the County Cup. Round-robin tournaments determine the winners of the four Quarter Shields - in the North, the East, the South and the West and the winners then clash in the semi-finals and then the Finals. The first four books in this series detail the teams in each quarter, battling it out to win a place in the semi-finals. The winning teams - and characters - can then be followed through the series in subsequent titles.

County Cup (4): Cup Clashes

County Cup (4): Cup Clashes

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2009

Every year, in the county of Medland, school football teams compete for the most prestigious trophy in the area - the County Cup. Round-robin tournaments determine the winners of the four Quarter Shields - in the North, the East, the South and the West and the winners then clash in the semi-finals and then the Finals. The first four books in this series detail the teams in each quarter, battling it out to win a place in the semi-finals. The winning teams - and characters - can then be followed through the series in subsequent titles

County Cup (3): Cup Shocks

County Cup (3): Cup Shocks

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2009

Every year, in the county of Medland, school football teams compete for the most prestigious trophy in the area - the County Cup. Round-robin tournaments determine the winners of the four Quarter Shields - in the North, the East, the South and the West and the winners then clash in the semi-finals and then the Finals. The first four books in this series detail the teams in each quarter, battling it out to win a place in the semi-finals. The winning teams - and characters - can then be followed through the series in subsequent titles

County Cup (5): Cup Glory

County Cup (5): Cup Glory

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2009

The Quarter Champions of the South and the East are about to clash in the two-legged semi-finals of the County Cup - the trophy every player wants to lift! Who will win through to the Final? Join the Cup trail and follow all the drama and excitement - both on and off the pitch.

The Soccer Mad Collection

The Soccer Mad Collection

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2009

Two action-packed tales from the popular Soccer Mad series:- SOCCER MAD - Luke faces a tough challenge when the first-round draw for the Sunday League Cup is announced - and the Swifts are up against the league stars... ALL GOALIES ARE CRAZY - but some goalies are more crazy than others! After a series of match-losing blunders, can Sanjay prove himself the number one goalie?

B.A.S.E. Camp

B.A.S.E. Camp

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2008

Gerry dreams of becoming a marathon champion, so is thrilled to get a place at B.A.S.E. camp - the British Acadamy of Sporting Excellence, where he will train alongside talented young athletes from all over the country. But who is the mystery runner that appears out of nowhere? Is there really a ghost in the upstairs rooms? And what lies at the end of the tunnel, which is discovered underneath the statue of the legendary Taffy Jones? In their hunt for answers, Gerry and his friends soon find themselves in more danger than they could've imagined. A pacy sports story involving mysterious goings-on and secret cloning experiments that will keep readers gripped to the thrilling end.

BIG CUP COLLECTION OMNIBUS

BIG CUP COLLECTION OMNIBUS

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2003

A collection of three fabulous football stories from the BIG series about football-mad brothers Chris and Andrew Weston. The three titles contained are THE BIG CLASH, THE BIG DROP and THE BIG SEND-OFF. Will Danebridge win the Cup? As captain, Chris has to deal with everything from a penalty shoot-out to a shock sending-off!

Wicked Day!

Wicked Day!

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2002

What a wicked day! Join in all the fun and games of Sports Day. Bradley and his mates are out to make it a very special day. But why can't Jagdish take part? What's happened to the Cup? And why does the school's grumpy old caretaker think it's a dog's life? On your marks - Get set - Go!

BIG FOOTBALL FRENZY THE

BIG FOOTBALL FRENZY THE

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2000

THE BIG WIN Midfielder Mark Towers has just struck lucky: his family has won the Lottery! But Chris Weston, captain of Danebridge School football team, wants a different kind of big win - on the football pitch...THE BIG FIX Can Danebridge beat their arch-rivals, Shenby, when the referee seems to be playing against them too? THE BIG FREEZE Chris captains the team in an exciting triangular tournament - on an all-weather pitch!

The Soccer Mad Collection

The Soccer Mad Collection

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/1998

Two action-packed tales from the popular Soccer Mad series:- SOCCER MAD - Luke faces a tough challenge when the first-round draw for the Sunday League Cup is announced - and the Swifts are up against the league stars... ALL GOALIES ARE CRAZY - but some goalies are more crazy than others! After a series of match-losing blunders, can Sanjay prove himself the number one goalie?

Soccer Mad

Soccer Mad

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/1996

This is the first in a series of footballing stories. Rob Childs is also the author of the Big series of stories, and Soccer at Sandford and Sandford on Tour.

Big Football Collection Omnibus

Big Football Collection Omnibus

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/1995

A terrific football treble from the master of soccer fiction: THE BIG GAME Keen young footballer Andrew Weston is sure that his skills in defence will help the school team win every match. Until he discovers who their first opponents are...THE BIG MATCH A dream comes true for Chris Weston when he is picked to stand in for the school team's regular goalkeeper for a vital cup game. THE BIG PRIZE Chris Weston is going to be the mascot for the local football league club for their next F.A. Cup match! Then disaster strikes...

The Big Day

The Big Day

Author: Rob Childs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/1990

Danebridge School football team are through to the Cup Final and Andrew Weston, who plays in a key position in defence, can hardly wait for the big day. It's going to be the most important match of the whole year. His younger brother Chris is in on the action too, picked to be the team's substitute goalkeeper. But the Weston brothers suddenly discover that they have a big problem. For the match clashes with an important family occasion - and their mother insists that they must drop out of the match! What can they do? They can't possibly miss the Final...

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