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Happy Like Soccer

By Maribeth Boelts
Illustrated by Lauren Castillo

"Unexpected emotional depth. . . . A thought-provoking read-aloud." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Nothing makes Sierra happy like soccer. Her shoes have flames as she spins the ball down the spread-out sea of grass. But nothing makes her sad like soccer, too, because the restaurant where her auntie works is busy on game days and she can’t take time off to watch Sierra play. With honesty and subtlety, author Maribeth Boelts and illustrator Lauren Castillo portray an endearing character in a moving, uplifting story that touches on the divides children navigate every day — and remind us that everyone needs someone to cheer them on from the sidelines.

  • The World Cup will be played in Rio de Janeiro in 2014.
  • Skillfully touches on issues of class and belonging in a way that s honest and emotional without feeling purposeful or forced.

About the author

Maribeth Boelts is the author of many books for children, including Those Shoes, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, which was a Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Title.

About the illustrator

Lauren Castillo has illustrated many books for children. This is her first book with Candlewick Press. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

ISBN: 9780763670498
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: May 1, 2014
Dimensions: 259 x 229mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $14.99
New Zealand RRP: $16.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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