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Madani's Best Game

Fran Pintadera

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From the publisher:

A heartfelt book featuring a neighborhood soccer team and its determined young star, who has a secret plan even more impressive than his bicycle kicks.

No one plays soccer like Madani. When the ball lands on his bare feet, the whole town stops to watch. Even Madani’s mother—still sewing the day’s work at home—can hear the crowds cheer when he scores. His teammates wonder what their best player could do, if he only had a proper pair of cleats. As Madani saves up money, bit by bit, his team’s rivalry match approaches. Maybe he’ll have new cleats in time for the big day! Or maybe Madani has a different goal in mind…

Told with gentle humor and lively illustrations, 
Madani’s Best Game is a refreshing story about the joys of sports, teamwork, and family.

The author:

Fran Pintadera is a storyteller, theater director, and the author of over a dozen children's books. Why Do We Cry? (Kids Can) received a Parents' Choice Gold Award and was selected as a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year. Madani's Best Game is based on Fran's time as a social educator in new immigrant housing, where he often played pick-up soccer with a boy named Madani and his friends. Fran lives in Spain. Follow him on Instagram @franpintadera.

Raquel Catalina is a Spanish artist and illustrator whose books include Benji's Blanket (Green Bean). She studied fine arts in Madrid, then earned a postgraduate degree in illustration in Valencia. In 2021, the original version of Madani's Best Game was selected as a NYPL Best Spanish-Language Book for Kids. Follow Raquel on Instagram at @raquelcatalinaillustration.

Lawrence Schimel is the author of over 120 books and the translator of over 130 books, including Different, Niños, and One Million Oysters on Top of the Mountain (all Eerdmans). His works have received many awards, including the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, a PEN Translates Award, and the GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Honor. Lawrence lives in Madrid, Spain. Follow him on Twitter @lawrenceschimel.
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William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
27 x 20 cm
Hardback
48 pages
October 2022
English
9780802855978