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To make the book better, I would keep all the plotline and keep all the themes but just make the STYLE of the book a bit more adult! As a reader, you are carried through the book by a real compassion for Budi and also the author’s humour, which acts as light-hearted relief in the story and doesn’t distract from the matter in hand.

I then compared it to other books that I had read with stressful content, in which Michael Morpurgo’s books came to mind. In this excellent football story, set in modern-day South America, a hackneyed football reporter sits down with El Gato (the Cat), a World Cup-winning goalkeeper, to look back on his amazing life and career. The theme is an important one and it is a book that will enlighten your child to international issues about which they may know very little, but it is not preachy. Keluguan dan kepolosannya membuat dirinya berani bermimpi bahwa suatu hari dia bisa bermain bersama pesepak bola idolanya di Madrid- Kieran Wakefield. Equivocal tales of Budi's grandmother, purity of the fellowship between Budi and Rochy, and the passion towards dreams - without which certain people simply cannot exist, speaking from experience.At the end of the book, there is a scene which is entirely embroiled in crime and it ends in Budi surviving with his father (although his uncle sadly dies) and he ends up with millions of pounds in cash. He then grows far more confident as a person and that story also teaches Budi to look past all his difficulties - in terms of being poor and having his blood condition - and follow his dreams if that is solely what he wants to do and it will pay off. It makes you laugh and cry, devastates you and gives you hope, and leaves you wanting to change the world. Makes for an insightful read and may be a little violent for the more sensitive child as has a reference to backstreet girls and has a gunfight towards the end. 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.

Maybe I'm just selfish and cold-hearted but personally, I think that is a pretty poor way to repay him! It is rumoured that the coconuts have this special milk which brings good fortune to those who drink it and everyone is scared of climbing the tree because it is far too tall and dangerous. Although I didn’t know it at the time, I had just witnessed the birth of a superstar footballer named Kieran Wakefield, a tyrannical landlord known as the Dragon, and Budi, a little boy from Jakarta with big dreams.The last thing Budi needs is to inadvertently become involved with The Dragon – the most feared man in Jakarta. Unluckily for Budi, he crosses paths with the Dragon one day when he accidentally kicks a ball through the window of the Dragon’s apartment. I'll try not to give anything away but, in effect: there is something that happens towards the end of the book which COULD potentially have changed the course of a character's life and the way things turned out really annoyed me!

Budi is 11 and trains with his friends to be a professional football player like his hero Kieran Wakefield who plays for Real Madrid. The book follows the story of a young Budi who lives in the slums of Malaysia, but he has one dream, to play for Real Madrid. Kick deals with issues such as poverty, child labour and human rights in a way that proves we share more than makes us different.

Honestly, at first I was reluctant to read this as I am not a football fan, but this book is so much more than a 'football' book. Without spoiling, this inspirational book can be used to teach children that nothing is impossible even when it feels like it might be. Also Budi is a budding (excuse the pun) footballer and plays football whenever he can, commentating on his play in his head. For readers 12+ the characters and writing style may feel quite immature on one level, but they will better understand some of the themes, which may well complement their secondary school syllabuses in a very accessible form.

One thing I found interesting here is that on the back, it says this book is good for fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce. Mitch Johnson brings the Indonesian city of Jakarta to life in this gripping adventure, full of twists, turns and inspiring bravery against the odds.I would definitely recommend this story as an eye-opener as well as a heart-wrenching and heart-warming tale. Fearing the faint tremor of an earthquake and the crack in his ceiling surely getting bigger, with time ticking will Budi be able to make things right? This is a book which will need to be read with younger readers; parents will need to be on hand to explain and reassure. It will also raise an awareness of important issues such as child labour, lack of the human rights many of us take for granted in some parts of the world, and corrupt authorities.

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