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Home Ground

by Alan Gibbons
illustrated by Chris Chalik


Reading Age: 8 Interest Age: 8-12

ISBN: 978-1-78112-856-5

Sam’s football team are struggling this season. They keep losing matches and captain Jordan’s bad attitude isn’t helping anyone. When Sam spots Hasan playing for the refugee team on the next pitch, he can see that Hasan’s got talent and invites him along to practice. Hasan and his friend Faisal are skilled players – exactly what the team needs – but Jordan’s not ready to accept them so easily. With the last game of the season fast approaching, can Sam help the boys pull together in time?

Home Ground includes facts about refugees and the role football can play in welcoming new members of the community.

Cover design by Ali Ardington

Information for Adults: This book has a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface and paperstock so that even more readers can enjoy it. It has been edited to a reading age of 8.

Read the first chapter of Home Ground below:



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