Charlie’s in top form, and a scout from Manchester United has been keeping a close eye on him, but then his life is turned upside down by the death of his beloved grandfather. A hurried move, his family’s deep loss – and his soccer career stalled. Then Charlie discovers that his grandfather was a great soccer player who played in the mysterious soccer ground called The Legends’ Lair. Charlie sets his sights on organizing one more tournament there, but what old rivalries and buried tensions will he open?
“What O’Brien captures so well is the aura of the game. He handles with aplomb the sheer fun of playing a game with grace…A joyful approach to sports and a salute to the importance of understanding history.”–Kirkus Reviews***
“Charlie’s interactions with family and friends are universal. His family members are very supportive of his desire to immerse himself in soccer, and his closest friends are the ones on his teams.”–School Library Journal2016, 190 pages (O’Brien Press)
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