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Title: Goal!
Author: Mina Javaherbin
Illustrator: A. G Ford
Publisher: Candlewick Press (2012)
ISBN: 9780763658229
In a South African township, a group of young boys play football with a ‘federation-size’ ball Ajani won at school. “We are real champions, playing with a real ball.” When a group of bullies interrupt, the players trick them by kicking the football into a bucket, letting the bullies take an old ball instead. They resume their game, with one of their group acting as a lookout in case of more trouble. “When we play, we forget to worry. When we run, we are not afraid.”

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