The Beautiful Game

Written by Alan Gibbons

Illustrated by Chris Chalik

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LoveReading View on The Beautiful Game

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

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

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The Beautiful Game Synopsis

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+

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ISBN: 9781781126912
Publication date: 15/04/2017
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781126912
Publication date: 15th April 2017
Author: Alan Gibbons
Illustrator: Chris Chalik
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 80 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: Reluctant Readers
Other Categories: Books for Boys

About 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’, ...

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