Mr B's review
A terrific modern-day tale of tenacity, hope, football dreams and how real life can seriously get in the way. Hugely pacey and tense but peppered with lots of humour, we meet Budi, a young Indonesian kid with footballing aspirations far beyond his grinding, daily job sewing together football boots in the sweltering heat. A chance encounter with the much-feared gangster man Dragon, leads to terrifying consequences as he finds himself fighting for his very survival. It’s in a league of its own!
Winner of the Branford Boase Award.
Budi’s plan is simple. He’s going to be a star.
Budi’s going to play for the greatest team on earth, instead of sweating over each stitch he sews, each football boot he makes.
But one unlucky kick brings Budi’s world crashing down. Now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in Jakarta. Soon it isn’t only Budi’s dreams at stake, but his life.
A story about dreaming big, about hope and heroes, and never letting anything stand in your way.
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