A lyrical, strikingly illustrated story celebrates the unifying power of soccer.

In a dusty township in South Africa, Ajani and his friends have earned a brand-new, federation-size soccer ball.

They kick. They dribble. They run. They score. These clever boys are football champions! But when a crew of bullies tries to steal their ball, will Ajani and his friends be able to beat them at their own game?

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Praise and awards for Goal!

2011 Notable Book for a Global Society List by IRA, International Reading Association

2010-2011 Bank Street Library Irma Black Award (Semi-Finalist)

California Young Reader Medal Nominee for 2011-2012 (PDF of list)

Texas Library Association Bluebonnet Award Master List 2011-2012 (Press Release)

2010 New York Public Library’s Top 100 Children’s Books To Read and Share

Smithsonian’s 2010 Notable Books for Children

Nominated for a SCIBA Award for Best Picture Book

Reviews of GOAL!

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Orange Country Register

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New York Times Sunday Book Review Section

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