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Every day after work, he is out on the street kicking a ball, stone or bottle around with his friends. I think Johnson tries to cover it up with comparisons to football but as an adult reading this, I can see past it. Awalnya aku mengira garapan Mitch Johnson ini akan lebih kurang dengan garapan penulis luar lainnya. Giving young children a glimpse into the life of someone with so little (in both material and opportunity) is important - it can encourage a sense of perspective and gratitude.

The child-labour described in this story remind us that there are parts of the world where education is a luxury; children have bring in money to support the family. I've only been to Indonesia a couple of times and cannot vouch if those words are truly used in Indonesia but some of the words are not what we use in Singapore. He's going to play for the greatest team on earth, rather than in the square behind the factory where he works. Though covering a very serious topic, there is a lot of humor and humanity that makes this an especially good read for kids and teens to understand our world more fully. Growing up in this multi-cultural society, I know a few Malay words and am familiar with some foods.However, the young boy tries it and the people set up a net for him to jump down into but he never finds the confidence until he drinks the coconut milk and then he feels confident enough to look past all the dangers and jump down. Even with his family in poverty, surrounded by crime lords and unsettling people, he plays in the streets of Malaysia until dark.

I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Budi and his grandmother - a chain-smoking, housebound character - who provides wonderful stories to teach her grandson some important lessons in life. Keluguan dan kepolosannya membuat dirinya berani bermimpi bahwa suatu hari dia bisa bermain bersama pesepak bola idolanya di Madrid- Kieran Wakefield. They work for a pittance and, despite both Budi and his Dad working, the family still does not have enough income to eat a meal every day.The book shows his struggles trying to earn some money to support his family and to make it is a professional footballer. Honestly, at first I was reluctant to read this as I am not a football fan, but this book is so much more than a 'football' book.

Budi is like any young boy - he plays football with his friends whenever he can, watches matches, dreams about going to the matches of his favourite teams. The community is also threatened by corruption; a local gangster, the Dragon, extorts protection money from local businesses and residents with impunity due to his familial links with the head of the police, and is reputed to have murdered his own brother. Budi learns only later that it was Rochy who stole the boots and passed them on and that he has effectively saved Budi’s skin.Despite his vastly different circumstances, he is like any other child of his age and young readers will be able to identify with his passions. It highlights the issues faced by those living in a society where most people are just about scraping enough money together to get by. The first-half of the story sets the scene whilst the second-half picks up the pace with the Dragon getting more involved and the story comes to a thrilling end making the story a good read. The book was chosen during the time that the Euro2020 competition was occurring, meaning the children's excitement for the book was heightened due to its link to football.

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