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This issue’s cover is from J K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in what is already a classic new series. The first two titles were Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Thanks to Bloomsbury Children’s Books for their help. Cover image based on original artwork by Cliff Wright
One of six books in a series aptly entitled ‘Soccer Mad’, Soccer Stars is for the true soccer enthusiast. Childs’ theme is predictable but his obvious love of the game and his ability to transmit this, in informed detail, to his target audience is considerable. These books should also appeal to the previously reluctant boy reader.
Thirteen-year-old Luke Crawford, a real soccer anorak, is the none too talented player-coach of Swillsby Swifts, whose recent results leave a lot to be desired. An invitation to take part in a charity tournament organised by a former Scottish international sets up Swillsby to be involved in some exciting events both on and off the field. Whilst I was anticipating a plot twist which failed to materialise, Childs’ followers will no doubt enjoy every page of this swift paced soccer story. Riley’s vivid illustrations are equally dynamic, capturing the movement of the various action packed matches played.