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I understand why the publishers have done it because they want the book to appeal to the audience which the book is written for. The book begins and we also meet his friend Rochy who is, like Budi, a massive fan of football and there is a lot of focus in here on their mutual dreams and their connection of friendship through this shared love of football. 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. 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.

It’s also an intelligent look at the shadow side of capitalism that holds the role of professional footballer (with its accompanying wealth) up as an aspiration for children around the world, despite their circumstances. Meski begitu, Budi tidak serta merta kehabisan akal, dengan kepolosannya dia mulai melancarkan aksinya. A deflected kick of the football that smashes through the local tyrant’s window and sends Budi’s life into a whole new direction and puts him firmly in the sights of the Dragon. For readers 12+ the characters and writing style may feel quite immature on one level, but they will better understand some of the themes, which may well complement their secondary school syllabuses in a very accessible form. Whilst 'training' with his friends, his football crashes through a window of The Dragon's house, in trouble and with nowhere to go he follows one of the Dragon's brothers into the house where he is tasked with theft or finding his family out on the street and struggling to survive.Ways of doing that might have been to make the book a bit longer and to make the writing style a bit more literary and just to expand on the themes and story perspective. He believes he will save enough to fly to Madrid to watch his favourite team, and he believes the very boots he stitches are worn by his favourite player. As much as I hope Kick will shed light on a desperate global issue, I feel it must also remain a testament to the transcendent, unifying power of sport. 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. The author subtly juxtaposes the poverty in the factory and in the society more generally with the excesses of the footballing world which the children so admire.

From here on in the book becomes altogether darker, there are some violent and some upsetting scenes, and some younger readers may need reassurance and support from their parents.

In 2018, Kick won the Branford Boase Award, a prize given to the most promising children's book by a debut author. 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. This is a story about young boys trying to make a better life for themselves whilst the harsh realities of their situation are constantly trying to smother their dreams. Outline of the Book: Budi is going to play for the biggest team in the world, instead of making shoes every day but one unlucky kick brings his whole world crashing down.

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