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Two things that I really enjoyed about this book is that it is very beautifully written and that it has a good understanding of how poor people can't just be bad at all things just because they don't have enough money. The last thing Budi needs is to inadvertently become involved with The Dragon – the most feared man in Jakarta. However, I would encourage those unfamiliar children (as well as the familiar children) to pick up this book to read. Konfliknya mulai terasa pada suatu sore ketika Budi berlatih bola— itu hanya karena dia tidak suka menyebutnya bermain, lebih bangga menyebutnya berlatih— di sepetak tanah kosong bersama teman-temannya.

I loved reading about Budi and Johnson creates his world brilliantly- you truly come to inhabit his life, feel his hopes and anxieties and care for him and his family. The trouble with being a dreamer is that occasionally you’ll have nightmares – you’ve just got to make sure they don’t ever spook you enough to want to wake up. I would definitely recommend this story as an eye-opener as well as a heart-wrenching and heart-warming tale.We are right there with them, through the horrors they face, but there is humour, and warmth, and a wonderful relationship between the main two children. Overall, I would absolutely give this book a thumbs up because I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would.

How do you feel about exposing younger readers to difficult issues, such as the human rights abuses that many children in the world endure? His debut novel, Kick, was endorsed by Amnesty International UK for its portrayal of children's rights and has been translated into multiple languages. Maybe I'm just selfish and cold-hearted but personally, I think that is a pretty poor way to repay him!When he accidentally breaks something belonging to the Dragon, the local gang boss, he gets pulled into a chain of evens that see him making increasingly tough decisions about his family, his long lost uncle, his best friend and his footballing dreams. He lives a hard life generally, which is laid out with no holds barred (whilst still being appropriate for older primary school children), and throughout the book he faces a lot of hard, sometimes heartbreaking challenges, but his love for football and his dream to one day play for Real Madrid spur him on and keep him 'kicking'. First, although a good novel for football fans, which also gives a honest insight into child labour, I wouldn't recommend this book for under 10 year old.

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