Calum’s New Team

I liked this book. I can’t claim to have understood all the football in Danny Scott’s Calum’s New Team, but it didn’t seem essential. It’s the first of several footie books about Calum, who has moved to a new town and starts a new school, and who only wants to play football.

Danny Scott and Alice A Morentorn, Calum's New Team

It’s for younger readers. Whereas Calum is in Primary 6, so about ten or eleven, I’d say the writing is easy, and the print large enough, to read that you could be much younger than that. If you’re into soccer, anyway.

Calum makes a few new friends, including the statutory girl football player, but also makes an enemy of the son of the local football star, who rather fancies himself. Without the correct boots, Calum finds it hard to join in, and is barred from trying out for the team because he only has plimsolls (which were ‘good enough’ for his Dad…) to wear.

This is a feelgood sports story, so things work out eventually.

Nice writing style and no embarrassing stuff. You only need to like football. And to be able to sympathise with a boy who has to use his dog as goalie [not very good at defending the goal] when he plays all alone.

(Trading cards inside, drawn by Alice A Morentorn, who also illustrated the book.)

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