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Sean Taylor, Caio Vilela (Photographs by)


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Where there's a ball . . . there will always be someone who wants to play soccer. Whether in Tanzania or Togo, Burma or Brazil, children love soccer. GOAL! celebrates the sport's power to bridge cultural divides and bring together the many and diverse people of the world. Filled with fun facts and striking photos, this book is a poetic snapshot of soccer around the globe.

Praise For Goal!

“Eye-catching photographs and straightforward text introduce soccer and showcase the accessibility and universality of the sport . . . A rousing celebration of global diversity and the game that unites us all.” —School Library Journal

“It's all about the pictures in this photographic global tour of kids playing soccer . . . Great photos, and good stories are all young soccer fans will really need.” —BCCB

“Language and cultural barriers may exist, but soccer - aka football - has become a common denominator among nations around the world. This attractive book sets out to demonstrate how the sport engages kids, rich or poor, with or without shoes.” —Booklist

“Viela's photographs take center stage: They are full of action and neat slices of geography as well, with kids playing beside the megaliths of Stonehenge, stupas in Nepal and a refugee camp in Jordan . . . A solid introduction to soccer, carrying with it the sport's openness to any and all.” —Kirkus Reviews

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9781627791236, 40pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

About the Author

Sean Taylor is a graduate of Cambridge University and has worked as a publisher, journalist, and teacher. He has lived in Zimbabwe and Brazil, from where he has just returned to his native England. His books include Goal! and When a Monster Is Born.

Caio Vilela was born in São Paulo a few months before the 1970 FIFA World Cup. A photographer and a journalist, he has traveled on assignment to more than 60 countries around the world and to every continent. Soccer is his lifelong passion. His books include Goal!