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For the Love of Soccer!

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For the Love of Soccer!

By Pelé; Frank Morrison (Illustrator)

Disney-Hyperion, Hardcover, 9781423115380, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2010


What does the world's greatest soccer player love about the game? The same things as we do! Speed, team work, dribbling, passing, taking your best shot-and making a G-O-O-A-A-A-L!

Pel, three-time World Cup champion, has been the subject of several unauthorized biographies. But here, in his own words, he celebrates the kick and thrill of his favorite sport. Artist Frank Morrison scores an amazing assist with two dynamic visual stories: Pel's inspiring rise to fame, and a young athlete's efforts to follow in his hero's speedy footsteps. Together, words and pictures deliver all the fun and excitement of a closely-matched game. World Cup fans, come play!

About the Author
PEL joined his first professional soccer team at age 15, and went on to a dazzling career. He became the top-scorer in the history of the Brazil national team, as well as the first player ever to win three World Cup medals. He also played for the New York Cosmos, and his charisma and grace on the field helped popularize soccer in America. Since his retirement, he has been an ambassador for soccer worldwide. This is his first book for children.

FRANK MORRISON ( is the illustrator of "Out of the Ballpark" by Alex Rodriguez and "Queen of the Scene" by Queen Latifah, and was awarded a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for "Jazzy Miz Mozetta" by Brenda C. Roberts. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.